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Argentina Under Immense Pressure in World Cup Opener as Massive Favorite

A relative minnow on the world stage, Iceland is set to face the classic David vs Goliath dilemma in its first ever World Cup match on June 16 when Gylfi Sigurdsson and company take on Argentina and the betting odds reflect that with Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men holding steady at +900 in three-way moneyline markets.

As for the Argies, the pressure is on. Barely qualifying for Russia 2018 and struggling in friendly warm-up competitions, the defending World Cup runners-up need to take three points from this match to right the ship.

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  • Argentina has not lost a match in a World Cup Finals group stage since 2002.
  • Iceland conceded 10 total goals in its last 4 friendly fixtures.
  • Argentina has lost 2 of its last 4 friendly matches, allowing 10 total goals in that span.

Qualifying for the World Cup by winning their European group with a 7-1-2 record, Iceland cannot be overlooked by Argentina. They knocked out England in the Round of 16 at the Euros two summers ago and collected some impressive results in European qualifying with wins against established football programs such as Croatia and Finland.

Beating the big, bad Argentines will not be easy with the White and Sky Blue touting one of the strongest attacking forces in the world but recent results make it a feasible reality. Not all that strong through the midfield, on the backline or between the pipes, Argentina’s forwards will have to excel if they want to realize a group win and their World Cup icebreaker probably offers the best opportunity for that.

Conceding in all five of their fixtures at the 2016 Euros, Iceland is not known for stout defending and their experience against tricky South American soccer is limited. This is a match that could get away from the underdogs if the Argies open the floodgates and OVER 2.5 might be the play as it’s being offered around -120 at Bovada.

Favorite Bet for Argentina vs Iceland

Lionel Messi is coming off a hat-trick performance against Haiti and he has 64 international goals to his name in 124 appearances. He's going to have the lead the lines for this Argentinian side and this fixture is begging for goal from Leo. Backing him to score anytime at -125 is a strong shout.