Iceland vs Kosovo
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group I)
Date: Monday, 9th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Laugardalsvöllur (Reykjavík).
Iceland are about to achieve landmark, which is to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history. They brushed aside Turkey 3-0 away from home to edge close to this landmark. Now they have to beat Kosovo and the Group I tickets to Russia will be their’s regardless of what happens in the other matches of the tournament. Yet, a draw will push them down to second if there is a winner in Ukraine versus Croatia. But this is something the Iceland football team want to avoid.
Kosovo are playing in the qualifiers for the first time with their FIFA status as a football team coming by June 2016. Yet, the young nation had a tough time in coping with the established sides in the continent. Since starting off with a promising 1-1 away draw at Final, the team lost 8 on the bounce.
Meanwhile, Iceland has been one of the most consistent sides in the competition both home and away. They did lose two games on the way, one versus Croatia and then surprisingly in September against Finland. Each time, they were quick to recover with a win in the next fixture. The team is now coming on two priceless wins against Croatia and Turkey, which indeed put the opponents qualification hopes in jeopardy.
At home, Iceland won all their four matches this term, with clean sheets in three.
Iceland vs Kosovo: Head-to-head
The first leg of the corresponding fixture played at the Loro-Borici Stadium in Shkoder on March 2017 is the only meeting between the two sides. Iceland won 2-1 with both their goals coming inside the first 45 minutes.
Iceland vs Kosovo: Prediction
Iceland has one foot in the World Cup finals in Russia and they do not get a better opportunity than this as they are against one of the weakest teams in the tournament and the match is being played in front of their passionate home fans.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-0 Iceland for 7.00 odds.
Iceland vs Kosovo: Bet Tips
Iceland to win the first half for 1.40 odds is a potential banker.
Brave Punters can back Iceland to win and Under 2.5 goals for 3.30 odds at MyBet.