Argentina begin their quest to claim a third World Cup title on Saturday when they take on tournament newcomers Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
With talent such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in their squad, Jorge Sampaoli’s team will be considered among the tournament favourites and they’ll be eager to get off to a good start.
While the Albiceleste are regulars in the tournament, Iceland have reached the stage for the first time in their history, having topped their qualification group ahead of Croatia.
The Scandinavian side’s relative lack of stature in the world game has not held them back though and Argentina will be wise not to take them lightly.
Game Argentina vs Iceland
Date Saturday, June 16
Time 2:00pm BST / 9:00am ET
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Squads & Team News
Position Argentina players
Goalkeepers Guzman, Armani, Caballero
Defenders Mercado, Tagliafico, Ansaldi, Fazio, Acuna, Mascherano, Rojo, Otamendi, Salvio
Midfielders Biglia, Banega, Di Maria, Meza, Perez, Lo Celso, Pavon
Forwards Messi, Higuain, Aguero, Dybala
Argentina were rocked by a number of injuries to key players in the lead up to the tournament, with Sergio Romero and Manuel Lanzini being ruled out.
The loss of the latter, in particular, could have far-reaching consequences in terms of what personnel Jorge Sampaoli chooses to fit into his preferred 4-2-3-1 system.
Potential Argentina XI: Caballero; Mercado, Otamendi, Fazio, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Banega; Meza, Messi, Di Maria; Aguero.
Position Iceland players
Goalkeepers Halldorsson, Schram, Runarsson
Defenders Saevarsson, Ingason, R. Sigurdsson, Arnason, Eyjolfsson, Magnusson, A. Skulason
Midfielders Fridjonsson, A. Gudmundsson, J. Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, O. Skulason, Gunnarsson, Gislason, Hallfredsson, Traustason
Forwards Sigurdarson, Finnbogason, Bodvarsson
Iceland were boosted by the return to full fitness of their talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, who recovered from a serious injury to take his place in the squad.
Heimir Hallgrimsson has brought a respectable squad to Russia, with the likes of Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason and Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson providing valuable experience.
Potential Iceland XI: Halldorsson; R. Sigurdsson, A. Skulason, Eyjolfsson, Arnason; Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, J. Gudmundsson; Sigurdarson, Finnbogason.
Betting & Match Odds
Argentina are heavy favourites to win the game at 4/11 according to dabblebet, with Iceland priced at 9/1. A draw between the teams is a 4/1 bet.