GROUP D

EME Outlook - - Sport -

AR­GENTINA

ICE­LAND In ar­guably one of the most com­pet­i­tive and un­pre­dictable groups, World Cup debu­tants, Ice­land will be a wel­come edi­tion to the head­line stage. The peo­ple’s cham­pi­ons at Euro 2016, the coun­try’s fans will no doubt steal the show once again in Rus­sia and some tantalising fix­tures against Nige­ria, Ar­gentina and old foes, Croa­tia will make for some ex­cit­ing view­ing. Qual­i­fy­ing may just be too much to ask for, so en­joy the ‘Vik­ing thun­der-claps’ while you can. PRE­DIC­TION: Group Stages

CROA­TIA Ice­land’s fate may well come down to their match against the tech­ni­cally bril­liant Croats. Hav­ing ar­guably un­der­per­formed in re­cent tour­na­ments, their golden gen­er­a­tion are hit­ting their peak at the mo­ment, and should be fo­cus­ing on how to steal top spot from Ar­gentina, rather than how to avoid be­ing up­set by Ice­land or Nige­ria. PRE­DIC­TION: Round of 16 NIGE­RIA

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