The outcome of Nigeria vs Iceland could have a huge impact on who progresses to the knockout stages following Croatia's shock 3-0 win over Argentina last night. No incursion into the final third at either ends for the last few minutes. Nigeria has some talent but I think Iceland is just a step ahead so that's why I'm going to roll with an Iceland victory in this one.
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In order to win, Iceland will have to play in much warmer conditions than their first game, around 90 degree F. Cold weather training will help, but the Nigerians are much more conditioned to the warmth than Iceland's players are.
Hallgrimsson has revealed that winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson isn't expected to recover in time to play.
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Referee: Matt Conger (NZL) TEAM NEWS Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made three changes to his team for Friday's Group D World Cup match against Iceland, bringing in Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa up front and Kenneth Omeruo in defence.
Gudmundsson tore his calf muscle in Iceland's 1-1 draw against Argentina.
"Of course we've talked about it", assistant coach Helge Kolvidsson told reporters on Wednesday at their training camp in Gelendzhik before Iceland make the journey to Volgograd. The last side to avoid defeat in both of their first two World Cup games were Senegal in 2002, while Croatia in 1998 were the last European side to do so. Nigeria are at 750/1 to win this summer's World Cup with Iceland slightly shorter at 250/1. Moreover, defender Oghenakaro Etebo was unlucky to score an own goal and give Croatia a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. However, after such a disciplined performance they will fancy getting a positive result against their West African opponents. I've got to go for Iceland as Nigeria were very bad against Croatia. The more attacking outlook could see space open up for Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson.