The World Cup fever is taking its control all across the globe. The idea of watching your favourite players playing their hearts out to reach the epitome of success gives you a smile which one just can’t remove from their face. Continuing our segment we shall now look forward to one of the Group of death, Group D. Filled with the attacking Argentines, unpredictable Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria, the group offers a significant fight for every single point. Each game would be fiercely contested and the results can be a surprise for most of the football pundits.
June 16 | Argentina vs Iceland (GMT - 13:00)
June 16 | Croatia vs Nigeria (GMT - 19:00)
June 21 | Argentina vs Croatia (GMT - 18:00)
June 22 | Nigeria vs Iceland (GMT - 15:00)
June 26 | Iceland vs Croatia (GMT - 18:00)
June 26 | Nigeria vs Argentina (GMT - 18:00)
Everyone still remembers how Mario Gotze’s winner in the extra time of the finals of 2014 left the South American nation stunned. The Argentines, however, will be determined to go one step ahead this time up and clinch the title.
The team has been built around the maestro Lionel Messi and promises to be a huge threat going forward with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Dybala and Angel Di Maria teaming upfront. Argentina will be expected to get through to the next round and even top the group. However, the South American nation didn’t have the best qualifying campaign, it’s hard to look past their inconsistency at times. Having said that, they still stand out as one of the many contenders this time up. A lot depends on how Lionel Messi plays throughout the tournament.
Croatia just like Argentina, will be hoping to get past the group stage considering the immensely talented midfield the European nation has. With a midfield which has names such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic it’s hard to ignore Croatia. The Croatians would be hoping to get through to at least the last 8 to call it a satisfactory outing. A lot depends on how the front-line comprising of Perisic, Kramaric, Mandzukic, Kalinic and Pjaca combine up front with the talented midfield that would be supplying them from behind. If all goes well for the Croatians, they will undoubtedly act as the giant killers.
The memories of Iceland’s unbelievable European run are still fresh in the minds of every football fan. The Vikings celebration still brings goosebumps. On paper, the men from Iceland hardly stand any chance to make it through to the next round but how can one ignore the unpredictability that accompanies their name. The team would heavily rely upon Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johann Gudmundsonn and Alfred Finnbogason to pose the attacking threat. Who knows yet another remarkable run might be waiting for Iceland just around the corner.
The team from Africa will be making their 6th appearance in the world cup, since their debut in 1994. The most number of appearances any team from Africa has ever managed. On their day, Nigeria can undoubtedly get the better of any team across the globe, however, the chances of them making it through to the next round look slim considering the extremely tough group they have been placed in.
The African side will have to keep a highly stubborn back line and provide the adequate amount of supply upfront to the strikers, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo to stand any chance to get through to the knockout phase. Having said that, one must not forget that the Nigerians beat Argentina 4-2 last November.
Players to watch out
- Lionel Messi
- Sergio Aguero
- Angel Di Maria
- Paulo Dybala
- Luka Modric
- Ivan Rakitic
- Ivan Perisic
- Gylfi Sigurdsson
- Alfred Finnbogason
- Ahmed Musa
- Kelechi Iheanacho
Expected Group Standings