It’s to Group D that we turn to next, a gathering that includes Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.
The top seeds in this group are the Argentina. The South American giants stumbled into qualification, with a 3-1 win over Ecuador in the final round of games lifting them into an automatic qualifying spot. But a forward line that includes Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain should ensure progress through this group.
The African flavour to this group is provided by Nigeria. The Super Eagles were the first side from this continent to qualify for this World Cup, and did so in style, thumping current African champions Cameroon 4-0 in the process. Nigeria have already beaten Argentina in a friendly in a warmup to this tournament, and this form suggests a difficult team to beat.
The strength of these two sides suggests a potential bet.
Iceland were one of the stars of the European Championships two yearos ago, dumping England out of the tournament. They have also done very well to qualify here, finishing ahead of group rivals Croatia.
However, Iceland lost 2-0 in Croatia and scraped a 1-0 home win with a last minute goal, and we think they may struggle to score many goals in this tournament.
With that in mind, we’re going to take a punt on Hordur Magnusson at 50/1 being Iceland’s top scorer, assuming he won’t need many for that accolade. Magnusson has scored two goals in 15 caps, with the big Bristol City defender scoring a direct free kick against Ireland.
If Magnusson starts, we hope he can finish!
Recommendation: Magnusson to be Iceland’s top scorer, 1 pt, at 50/1, bet365
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