June 22 is a big day for Iceland who can now fully believe in their team’s chances of getting out World Cup Group D. However, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s role in their clash against Nigeria is up in the air.
Heading down to mossie-filled Volgogard, their opponents are Nigeria and the Super Eagles need at least a point following an opening loss to Croatia. It promises to be a fascinating encounter, given both sides’ intent and confidence in claiming the points.
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson: “We expect to win. They are a physically strong team, quick, good athletes all of them, a big running capacity. They play direct and are a very strong attacking side. I have to give credit to their coach for their organisation.”
No matter the result, Iceland will be in with a shout of qualification come the final day. However, Croatia’s win means Nigeria need a point to keep their hopes alive.
Yes, yes that’s all very well. But will JDB play?!
If Jon Dadi does get on the pitch, it will come exactly 12 years after Bobby Convey played against Ghana for the US in Germany 2006, the last time a Reading man appeared at a World Cup.
However. Alfred Finnbogason is set to start again after netting versus Argentina and it was telling that Iceland turned to Bjorn Sigurdarson as the striker off the bench on Saturday.
Just arrived in Volgograd, well prepared after watching England’s game pic.twitter.com/gKKj9crgq2— Alfreð Finnbogason (@A_Finnbogason) June 20, 2018
So there are no guarantees but Iceland could decide to start with two up-front and shake things up, which isn’t out the question as they go for victory on Friday.
The game kicks off at 16:00 UK time, and is live on BBC1.