The Albiceleste still have a chance of making it to the last 16 stage if they manage to beat the Super Eagles in their final Group D fixture
Group D comes into a mouth-watering conclusion on Tuesday as Argentina will clash with Nigeria at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

Argentina have been handed a lifeline following Iceland’s 2-0 loss to their next opponents Nigeria , and are still on the verge of a World Cup group stage exit following their devastating 3-0 loss to Croatia , who have already won their group and qualified for the last 16 phase.

This summer’s finals in Russia was meant to be a chance for Argentina to redeem themselves following their runners-up finish in Brazil four years ago, as well as Lionel Messi’s potential World Cup swan song.

Their tournament, however, has been shrouded in misery through a series of poor group and individual performances and Messi missing a crucial spot-kick against Iceland that would have put Argentina in the lead.

Nigeria is second in their group and could qualify should they beat Argentina. The South American side, however, still have a final shot at making it to the last 16 if they are to beat Nigeria, and if Croatia managed to avoid defeat to Iceland.

Predictions from fans

Sola Ajibaye with Nigeria
Nigeria 1: Argentina 0

Olalekan Akomolafe with Argentina
Argentina 3 Nigeria 1

Lisa Mncube  with Argentina
I think both will score but I think Argentina for the win.

Kehinde Odelade is undecided
Hmmm, To predict hmmm…: The two teams are titans, it’s just like the fight of  the titans
The fight of the gods, Maybe 0-0 or 1-1

Pastor T Setshedile Jr with Nigeria
1-0 to Nigeria. Nigeria wins through Musa’s goal. Serious

Motsile Maponyane with Argentina
I am going with Argentina

Emmy Akura with Argentina
Head to head between the two teams is in Argentina’s favor and I see them winning, but this is soccer anything is possible.

Chidi Francis with Nigeria
2-1 in favor of Nigeria

Samson Ogunyemi is undecided
Draw  1 – 1 Or Argentina beats Nigeria 3 – 1

With everything at stake, Argentina’s match against Nigeria is one of the most important games for them over the last few years. The group is fully aware of the difficulty and threat Nigeria pose, but they also know that this team can respond and bounce back. We will found out today if, like Jorge Sampaoli said yesterday, today is the new beginning of this World Cup for La Albiceleste.

Will we see some Shaku Shaku in Saint Petersburg today? The dance trend in Nigeria is very popular amongst the players. Bryan Idowusaid: “It depends on the game of course. The attackers are more likely to dance because they are the ones that usually score. My job is a different one on the pitch. But if I score then it could happen that I show some moves!”


Did you know?
Of all four wins Argentina have achieved over the Super Eagles so far, not one has been won by more than a single goal, and Nigeria hasn’t taken the lead since the eighth minute of their first meeting in 1994.

Possible line-ups
Nigeria: Francis Uzoho; Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong, Leon Balogun; Tyronne Ebuehi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses; Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa

Argentina: Franco Armani; Eduardo Salvio, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Ever Banega, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain.

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