Iceland to win – 7/4
First of all, let’s get the Maths lesson out of the way. The number you need to remember is – 575.
Amazingly, that’s how many times the population of Iceland would fit into Nigeria. That only helps to highlight how remarkable a feat it is that they’re at the World Cup in the first place.
Neither side come into this one in any kind of form, however Iceland should be bouncing after an impressive draw with a Lionel Messi-led Argentina outfit. Meanwhile Nigeria have lost four of their five and their flashy kit seemed to be the only source of comfort for The Super Eagles at the moment.
With confidence low in the Nigerian camp, we fancy Iceland to bring the thunder (clap) and score their first ever World Cup victory at 7/4.
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Card Index: Under 40 points – 10/11
Almost unbelievably, Iceland somehow managed to escape a yellow card against Argentina despite committing a whopping 15 fouls in the match.
Nigeria were even worse offenders in their opener with Croatia, drawing the referee to use his whistle 16 times and yet only William Troost-Ekong ended up seeing a flash of yellow.
That gives the pair a combined total of just 10 Card Index points from two games where both were on the back foot to sufficiently better opponents.
Whatever they are doing, they seem to be on the right side of the officials and we’re backing them to keep up that goody two shoes record on Friday afternoon.
Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime – 3/1
The crown jewel of Icelandic football feels like he’s been around forever, but he’s still got plenty left in the tank at just 28 years old.
With four goals and three assists in qualifying, there’s no surprises for guessing that he holds the keys to his country’s fortunes right in the palm of his hands.
The former Tottenham man may be plying his trade on Merseyside these days, but he still managed net five times for Everton in a disjointed season.
He’s also a dab hand on dead balls and we believe he’ll have a big say in this World Cup campaign before all is said and done.Grab your World Cup odds on PaddyPower.com
* All odds correct at time of posting.