World Cup group D: Nigeria vs. Iceland team news, kick-off time and TV channel
Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is unlikely to play in Volgograd
Nigeria vs. Iceland
- When: Friday 22 June
- Kick-off time: 4pm
- Where: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
- TV channel: live on BBC One
Iceland secured a 1-1 draw with Argentina on their World Cup debut and will be looking to build on that superb result against Nigeria in Volgograd.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is likely to miss the game after tearing a muscle against Argentina.
Speaking to Fifa.com, Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson confirmed: “It is very unlikely that Joi [Gudmundsson] will play. But he’s getting better every day, and is in good hands.”
Gylfi Sigurdsson came into the tournament as a major injury doubt but Hallgrimsson says the Everton star is “100% fit and ready to play”.
Nigeria lost their opening group D clash against Croatia and could make changes against Iceland. The BBC reports that vice-captain Ogenyi Onazi and forward Ahmed Musa could be named in the side.
Meanwhile, Complete Sports Nigeria reports that head coach Gernot Rohr may play a three-man defence against Iceland.
Nigeria vs. Iceland predicted starting XIs
How the teams could line up at the Volgograd Arena, according to Fifa.com:
- Nigeria: Francis Uzoho; Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Brian Idowu; Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Oghenekaro Etebo; Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi
- Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson; Birkir Saevarsson, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordor Magnusson; Emil Hallfredsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Rurik Gislason; Alfred Finnbogason