Iceland vs Finland by Isaiah

It could be said that Iceland actually got a positive result last time out, when the team took a point in the qualifications opener away to Ukraine after a 1:1 result. They actually opened up the scoreline already in fifth minute with a goal from Finnbogason, but they were quite limited and played passively for the most of the time.

Ukrainians managed to level up the result in 41st minute with a goal from Yarmolenko, missing some decent chances in the second halftime, including a penalty kick missed seven minutes before the full time whistle. Iceland is drawn in a really difficult group together with Turkey, Croatia, Ukraine, Finland and Kosovo, so a victory here is a must for them, since only Finland and Kosovo shouldn't be able to compete for first two positions.

Home side won't be able to count at goalkeeper Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (26/0), but also at defender Solvi Ottesen (28/0), midfielder Rurik Gislason (37/3) and forwards Eidur Gudjohnsen (88/26) and Kolbeinn Sightorsson (44/22) in comparison to previous competitive matches. Midfielder and their team captain Aron Gunnarsson is having some problems but should be fit on time.

Finland continued to disappoint their fans last time out, since the team only drew at home against Kosovo back in September, following a 1:1 draw. They did took the lead in eighteenth minute via Arajuuri, but it was almost all they were able to do during the match, since the visiting side took the control over the ball from that moment on.

Eventually, they leveled up the result from a penalty kick taken by Berisha in 60th minute and continued being better, however without really great goalscoring chances created. As said, the team continues to disappoint simply because they didn't win since their narrow 1:0 victory over Faroe Islands at home back in September 2015, which is a run of ten matches without a victory, having 0-4-6 record.

Visitors from Finalnd will be playing without defenders Jere Uronen (20/0), Joona Toivio (38/2), midfielders Tim Sparv (54/1), Riku Riski (26/4) and forward Joel Pohjanpalo (21/4) in comparison to previous matches.

Coming on the wings of their more than decent performances at EURO this Summer, I believe the home team will be able to achieve a victory here even easier than what the bookies represent. Finland disappointed actually in the first round, showing very little positive things and shouldn't be able to walk away with something here.

Bet: Iceland -1 Asian handicap @ 2.25 with Unibet
Result: 3-2 (draw)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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14 Comments

  1. Pana Fan says:

    Odds for Iceland win going up guys. Don’t know why. Are we missing something? And i have already staked their win.

  2. emma says:

    WAnted to said same thing …the odds ae going up…. Not like what many said here

  3. tiogol says:

    Pana fan,

    your picks for today will be iceland, japan and croatia?

    Iceland could be a case of missing players, i am also waiting for confirmation.

    cheers and GL.

  4. Punki says:

    Finland id currently one of wordt team in this group. Against Germany and Italy they had only 1 shot on goal!!! And 3shots at all, for 180min!! Iceland is fighting for their first time ever on World Cup, they will take this…

  5. Punki says:

    And from those Iceland missings only Kolbeinn Sightorsson is important missing…

  6. PEDRO says:

    Hey guys, games of such magnitude, I will suggest an over 2.5 goal in this game.

    Don’t stake Iceland winning outrightly.

    Just a candid suggestion

  7. Eclipse11 says:

    odds for Iceland are high because they have new couch.

  8. Pana Fan says:

    In any case, hard to fathom whats going on there. “Neighboring” coumtries, may be Iceland has overeached its potential.

    From the ground now, a lot of money being staked on ITALY to WIN and on X. Very few people seem to trust Spain tonight. May be Italy is ripe to finally bounce in its hometurf.

    Also on the game of Ireland, there seem to be absenses for the home team and given that if the Georgians go through they will be a major thorn in the eye of Putin, we could potentially be set for a surprise? Given the low odds for the home team and the fact that all previous encounters between then were very close, be cautious !!

  9. Darko says:

    GG 90 min. the best odds

  10. Tiogol says:

    Iceland’s odds are back to 1.67.
    Could be a good bet. I am staking high on this.

  11. Pana Fan says:

    Raising a RED FLAG here Tiogol. Better stay out of straight Iceland win IMO.

  12. tiogol says:

    Pana,

    whats your bet of the day then, beside spain etc. if iceland is a red flag.. due to heavy plate??

    thank u for your advice.

  13. JamesK says:

    Weather will most likely be really bad for a football match. Cold and really windy, makes normal play difficult for the players. So maybe not many goals in the game. 1-0 for Iceland?? Lets hope they take a clear win. Good luck.

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