Iceland head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has revealed that the Volgograd weather will favour the Super Eagles of Nigeria when both sides meet on Friday evening.
Iceland and Nigeria will do battle in their second Group D game at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, which has a temperature of over 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ahead of the game, Hallgrimsson told reporters on Thursday that: “We expect to win. It’s hot, and it will be easier for Nigeria to play in such conditions than for us. But we’ll think about the weather when we draw up our set piece.”
“Their [Nigeria’s] strength is in the physique… They are quick, all of them are good athletes… If you watch their games throughout the last year, you can see the improvement in tactical awareness… They have players of the highest quality, so this is a massively good team with a lot of individual skills.” He added.
World Cup first timers Iceland recorded an impressive 1-1 draw with former champions Argentina in their opening Group D game and a win against Nigeria will edge the European minnows closer to the knockout stage at the expense of the three-African champions who will be eliminated from the tournament with a second successive loss in the group.