Kosovo vs Iceland by Rahul
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Iceland had been one of the surprises of the Euro 2016 tournament last year in France by qualifying first, and then upsetting England and reaching the quarter-finals while putting on a spirited performance against the hosts France. Iceland have started out this campaign decently and in 3rd spot; but the loss to Croatia in their last game was unexpected and that is their only loss of the campaign till date with 2 wins and a draw prior to that. Iceland have a team that is built on a lot of togetherness with a lot of their players including Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Gunnarson, Halfredsson, Gislason, Saevarsson getting the opportunity to play in some of the top leagues in Europe to build their exposure and quality of play. Sigurdsson will be their usual goal threat as he has 14 international goals in 48 appearances for them. Finnbogason has been deadly in qualifying so far with 3 goals for them, but he will not be involved in this encounter.
Kosovo are the newest nation to join the footballing community and have started out life with the international squads in a very difficult manner. They stole a draw against Finland in their first ever World Cup qualifying game by a score of 1-1; and then were brought back down to reality with a 6-0 loss to Croatia, 3-0 loss to Ukraine and 2-0 loss to Turkey in their next 3 qualifying games. The side has players who are on the fringes of many 2nd and 3rd tier European clubs, with large chunk of the squad under the age of 25, looking to build confidence and exposure ahead of future qualifying campaigns.
This game looks like one way traffic, but the Iceland's slight struggles to keep things tight at the back is making my back them on a smaller line on the Asian Handicap. I am going to back Iceland on AH-1,-1.5 in this encounter to hopefully get a strong win over Kosovo in order to maintain pace with other teams.
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|Iceland AH:-1,-1.5||Unibet||1.76||5||1-2 HALF LOST (-2.5 units)|
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