Neither Nigeria nor Iceland comes into this crucial clash in a ‘so’ good form, although Iceland will be buoyed by their valiant performance against Argentina later today.
The Eagles of Nigeria started their World Cup campaign with a really disappointing 2-0 loss to Croatia and have plenty of improvements to make for this game if they are to have any hope of progressing to last 16.
And Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has some options to rotate and that could see the likes of Musa, Echiejile, Iheanacho and Nwankwo get more playing time.
The Super Eagles desperately need more from their attackers in terms of creativity, while their midfield will also have to step up against a very promising Iceland side.
Meanwhile, Iceland came from behind to manage a draw against group favourites Argentina and they will be full of confidence after that result as they look to continue being the revelation of the tournament after their EURO 2016 heroics.
Furthermore, Iceland will likely be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson who was forced off with a knock and that will see Gislason come into the midfield which is a fairly natural replacement that should not affect them too much.
Nigeria’s Predicted line-up (4-3-3):
DF: Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu
MF: Mikel, Ndidi, Etebo
FW: Iwobi, Ighalo, Moses
Iceland’s Predicted line-up (4-4-1-1):
DF: Saevarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Arnason, Magnusson
MF: Gislason, Hallfredsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason
FW: G. Sigurdsson
Nigeria 2-1 Iceland