Iceland vs Finland: Preview and Prediction

Iceland vs Finland
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Thursday, 6th October 2016,
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavík.

Iceland will be hosting Finland at Laugardalsvollur for their second of the group I Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers as the two teams aim for a win to ho top of the table.

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The group I of the Russia 2018 World Cup has been kicked of with a point each to every team in the group as they all drew their first game. The 3 games of the group ended in a 1-1 draw as each team grabbed a goal.

Iceland may not be tipped among the favorites to qualify from the group which has the likes of Croatia and Turkey. However, their outing in the Euro 2016 Tournament have shown they are capable of qualifying from the group.

Finland on the other having been on a poor run of form, they have been searching for a win in their past 10 games. A win to any of the side will see them go top of the group depending on results from other game.

Iceland vs Finland: Head to Head statistics

Both teams have met just twice, in 2003 and 2016. The two previous games between the two teams were all friendly games, thus this will be their first meeting in a competition. Finland won the first game against Iceland with a 3-0 score line, while Iceland got their revenge in a 1-0 win earlier this year.

Iceland vs Finland: Prediction

Iceland outing in the Euro Tournament showed they have progressed in form of late. They have lost just once in their last 5 games, which was against France in the Euros. Also they have won 2 of their last 5 games and drawn 2. They have scored at least 2 goals in 3 of their last 5 games but they have a slightly weak defense. They have not kept a clean sheet in their last 5 games.

Finland are currently in poor form, they are winless in their last 5 games losing 3 and drawn 2. They have conceded at least 2 goals in 3 of their last 5 games and have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 games.

Iceland are the favourites in this game and are expected to grab a home win in this fixture.

Iceland vs Finland: Betting Tips

  • Iceland to win at 1.70 (7/10)
  • Iceland to keep a Clean-Sheet at 2.00 (1/1)