Team and Group Winner Odds
- Argentina 7/10
- Croatia 3/1
- Nigeria 12/1
- Iceland 16/1
World Cup Group D Qualification
Argentina made it through the South American battle to qualify by finishing third of ten. They were 13pts worse off than their fierce rivals in the region, Brazil. It was actually a serious possibility they may have missed out completely, going into the last couple of games. Pretty atrocious results like losing at home to Paraguay and Ecuador do little to instil confidence. Obviously, when we talk about Argentina, we must mention Messi. The talisman this year is probably the best performer in the world. We cannot write Argentina off while he still plays for the team.
Group Stats = W7, D7, L4 19F, 16A
Croatia’s second place finish in their group with Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo was a decent effort. Four of those teams could have realistically won the group and eventually Croatia were two points off top spot. They had the best goal difference and looked particularly impressive defensively. That one place difference meant the team had to overcome Greece, they did that comfortably 4-1 on aggregate. They are blessed with a team with plenty of international and Champions League experience, they won’t be overawed by the competition.
Total Qual. Stats (90min results) = W7, D3, L2, 19F, 5A
Nigeria handled business pretty convincingly against an interesting group of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria. The only real blemish (albeit administrative) was an awarded 3-0 loss to Algeria after fielding an illegible player. In attack, Nigeria boast an array of players who compete across Europe’s top leagues. Genuine talent in Moses, Iheanacho and Iwobi will cause problems for any defence they encounter in Russia.
Group Stats = W4, D1, L1, 11F, 6A
Iceland, who finished two points ahead of Croatia in qualifying will re-oppose this Summer. A perfect home record went a long way to securing their World Cup spot. That is something they will give up during the tournament but the spirit of the team and their loyal supporters are without question. The loss in Finland and one goal victory against Kosovo away were poor displays, they won’t get away with taking their foot off the gas in this tough group come June.
Group Stats = W7, D1, L2, 16F, 7A
World Cup Acca Theory
All four of these teams have realistic ambitions of qualifying from the group and it looks a minefield for betting at this stage. Nigeria and Argentina face each-other in the final group game and Argentina may already have top-spot sealed at that stage. That could lead to a lively encounter where Nigeria have to win and the goal line and prices will be of interest.
World Cup Group D Betting Tips
World Cup Group D Fixtures / Results
|Spartak Stadium, Spartak Stadium – June 16, 2018 4:00 pm|
|Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad – June 16, 2018 9:00 pm|
|Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod – June 21, 2018 9:00 pm|
|Volgograd Stadium, Volgograd – June 22, 2018 6:00 pm|
|Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg – June 26, 2018 9:00 pm|
|Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don – June 26, 2018 9:00 pm|
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