Kosovo vs Iceland
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, Group I.
Date: Friday, 24th March 2017
Kick off at 19:45UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Loro-Borici Stadium (Shkoder).
Iceland will have a nice chance to bounce back after the 2-0 defeat to Croatia in the previous round as they travel to Shkoder to take on the rock-bottomed Kosovo.
The hosts are enjoying their first ever qualifying campaign and the manager Albert Bunjaku can be thrilled to know that he has already took a point on the team’s debut in the competition in September last year.
Kosovo obviously don’t have much to hope for in the group with Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine and Turkey and they expectedly lost each of the matches against these opponents without netting a single goal.
The team lost 2-0 in the last qualifier against Turkey in Antalya, even though they held the hosts to a goalless first half.
Salzburg’s midfielder Valon Berisha entered the history as he netted the first and the only goal for Kosovo so far in the qualifying campaign. He has been in good touch lately having notched two goals in last three appearances for Salzburg and if anyone is to cause damage to Iceland, it’s him.
Iceland are off to a decent start of the new campaign having won as many as seven points from three starting games with Ukraine, Finland and Turkey.
However, the previous round has seen Heimir Hallgrimsson and his men losing the super important away fixture to Croatia which seriously reduced Iceland’s chances of making it to the very top of the group.
Kosovo vs Iceland: Head to head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Kosovo vs Iceland: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides must be notable. Also, the experience of playing at the international level. Kosovo can only hope for a real miracle to happen, unless otherwise, this is a straight up win for the hardworking Iceland football team.
Kosovo vs Iceland: Bet Tips
The main betting pick will be Iceland -1 handicap at the odds of 1.90.
You can have the same odds on HT/FT Iceland/Iceland at 1.95 with Bet365.