Qatar vs Iceland
Date: Monday, 19 November 2018
Kick-Off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Stadion am Kehrweg (Eupen).
Stadion am Kehrweg in Eupen will play host to an international friendly between Qatar and Iceland on Monday evening. It will be the last action of the year for both sides.
Iceland will be hoping to bring a negative thread to results to an end against a much weaker opposition compared to those they faced in the last couple of months.
Eric Hamren’s team have generally been struggling badly to pick up the right form ever since the World Cup in Russia. They grew rapidly in the past couple of years to earn the top tier status in Europe. However, they are feeling the consequence of playing the strongest team on the continent continuously via both UEFA Nations League and international friendlies.
Such tough schedule caused the streak of five defeats and a single draw in past six matches for them. The Swedish manager Erik Hamren took charge after team’s failure at the World Cup (1D and 2L in group with Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria). However, the team lost three and drew one of four games under his guidance.
Hamren’s main problems are concerned to the lack of meticulousness at the back as Iceland were very easy to break down in recent outings. The team conceded as many as 13 goals in last four games against Switzerland (twice), Belgium and France.
Qatar vs Iceland: Head-to-head
This will be the second head to head encounter between the two teams.
They played a 1-1 draw when they met in a friendly exactly a year ago.
Qatar vs Iceland: Prediction
Qatar will also be highly motivated to grab a result in their last test before the Asian Cup kicks off in January next year. They were enjoying a fine thread of three straight wins before a disappointing 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan a month ago.
The streak includes a fine attacking showing in a 4-3 victory over South American outfit Ecuador in October. Eupen’s Akram Afif bagged one of team’s four goals on the occasion. It is interesting to mention the Maroons have three Eupen’s members in their squad for this Iceland tie.
We’d not be shocked to see a goal fest in a clash similar to the one Qatar played against Ecuador. Iceland are favourites, but they were very easy to break down of late which is why we see Iceland’s win & BTTS as a standout pick here.
Qatar vs Iceland: Bet Tips
Iceland to win & BTTS @ 4.00 (3/1)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75 (3/4).