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GROUP D Nigeria v Iceland: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted line-ups, key players, and more details

We’re onto the second round of Group D matches, with both Nigeria and Iceland hoping to claim their first win of the World Cup

Nigeria and Iceland face off in the second round of matches in World CupGroup D on Friday afternoon.

Iceland secured an excellent draw against Argentina in their first ever World Cup finals match, while Nigeria were defeated by Croatia. Both sides are hoping to claim their first win of the tournament.

Hannes Halldorsson saved Lionel Messi’s penalty to help Iceland secure a draw with Argentina

Team news

Nigeria could recall Ogenyi Onazi and Ahmed Musa to their starting line-up against Iceland, who may be without Johan Berg Gudmundsson following the muscle injury he sustained in the draw with Argentina.

What the players are saying

John Obi Mikel (Nigeria): “We are focused. We are ready. We want to win. We know that we need a victory against Iceland to stay in the tournament and we are doing everything in training to make that happen.”

Alfred Finnbogason (Iceland): “We know we got a great point against Argentina. But we’re not going to qualify with one point. You are judged by your latest performance in football. We need to be quick to get both feet on the ground and be ready for the next one.”

Predicted XIs

Nigeria: Uzoho; Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu; Ndidi, Mikel, Onazi; Moses, Ighalo, Musa

Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Hallfredsson, Gunnarsson; Sigurdsson, Bjarnason, Gislason; Finnbogason

Where can I stream Nigeria v Iceland?

The match will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 4pm.

You can listen live by clicking this link – Nigeria v Iceland.

Key player

NigeriaChelsea’s Victor Moses was excellent in his club’s 2016/17 Premier League triumph, with a newfound role at wing-back injecting life back into his football career. His performance levels took a sizeable dip last season, along with the rest of his team-mates, but he remains a key attacking force for Nigeria.

Moses needs to perform if Nigeria are to beat Iceland

Iceland: Gylfi Sigurdsson did not set the world alight against Argentina with Iceland largely on the defensive. However, Iceland should attack much more against Nigeria, which will offer the playmaker the best opportunity to show off his skills.


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