Argentina vs Iceland - Preview, Live Match | 16 Jun 2018

  • Argentina vs Iceland - Preview, Live Match | 16 Jun 2018

Argentina vs Iceland - Preview, Live Match | 16 Jun 2018

Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria compete in Group D. Argentina is favored to progress to the knockout stage, leaving Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland to battle for the final spot.

The Iceland skipper who can play either as a defensive midfielder or a central midfielder will play a pivotal role in Iceland's opening fixture against Argentina.

Argentina line-up to face Iceland: Willy Caballero, Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero.

Meanwhile, per Kelly, Gylfi Sigurdsson has returned to fitness after he suffered a knee injury in March, and he played a part in both of Iceland's warm-up friendlies.

Messi is a man on a mission as he chases his first World Cup winner's medal and, while accusing Argentina of over-reliance on the Barcelona star may seem unfair to a team boasting the attacking talents of Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, it is a view coach Jorge Sampaoli has expressed himself.

"I can see [Messi]'s in a great form and very excited about the possibility of starting a new tournament that we expect will put him in the place that he deserves", Sampaoli said.

"It is true that the coach organises the team but the footballers create the opportunities on the pitch and if you have players like Messi then the coach has to organise players around him to take advantage of his awesome skills", he said. With the population of over 3,50,000, Iceland became the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup.

Manager Heimir Hallgrimsson said: Regarding Messi, I don't have a magic formula.

Iceland have failed to win in their last four matches, which would usually give a team cause for concern. "Everyone's tried everything against him and he always manages to score", he said.

"It's a strong team we're meeting tomorrow but our staff have done their analysis", he said.

- Only Bolivia (18) scored fewer goals than Argentina (19) in the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

"I don't think this should be Messi's last World Cup".