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.