Argentina vs Iraq
Date: Thursday, 11th October 2018
Kick-off at 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET
Venue: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
The newly revamped Argentina takes on minnows Iraq at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. Under coach Scaloni Argentina is looking to reclaim its past glory.
Without talisman Leo Messi and stalwarts like Kun Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Argentina is finally looking to be more of a team rather a collection of individual stars.
Iraq is targeting the 2022 Qatar World Cup and is hoping to build a team to be a genuine knockout stage contender than a team for the powerhouses to conduct their target practice. Sreco Katanec’s men, under his able wings, is slowly improving.
One loss in last 17 matches for the team from the Middle East, is a sign of gradual upheaval. But the recent run of impressive performances is sure to come to an end against the Albiceleste. After crashing out of the Round of 16 in the World Cup against the eventual winners, France, Argentina is playing like a team possessed.
It’s no doubt that they are desperate for international glory after a draught of a quarter of a century. And the right path for that is to build a team that could support the titans like Messi, Dybala, Icardi, Di Maria and Aguero rather than hoping these superstars would pull out rabbits out of their hats on every outing.
Let’s hope Argentina is finally on the path to honour. Lord knows they deserve it.
Argentina vs Iraq: Head-to-head
- The pair has met just once before. In 1984. In the Merlon Cup fixture, Argentina walked away with the win.
- Argentina is unbeaten after their World Cup exit.
- Argentina has not conceded a single goal since their World Cup loss to France.
Argentina vs Iraq Prediction
Argentina is the odds-on favourites to win this match. And they are expected to do it in style. Iraq for all its recent performances is no match to the football powerhouse, Albiceleste.
In the last three of its home games Argentina had eight goals. Also two out of last three of its games ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Iraq had nine goals in last three of its away games. Their last game saw four goals being scored. Similar to Argentina, two of Iraq’s last three matches ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Argentina vs Iraq Betting Tips
Half Time/Full Time: Argentina/ Argentina @ 1.37 (4/11)
Over 3.5 goals @ 1.85 (6/7).