Place: Russia. Rostov Arena. Rostov.
Date: on the 26th of June, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
After magnificent match against Argentina (1:1), a lot of people considered Iceland to be one of the main challengers for getting into the playoffs of the group. But in a game with Nigeria which has been destroyed by Croatia in the first round practically without any variants, Iceland has decided to show more open football and has paid for that. Defeat 0:2 and minor chances to get further. Now it is necessary to win against Croatia and to hope for the minimum victory of Argentina in a game against Nigerians. It seems to be quite real but not everything depends on Iceland now and they should be aware of Argentina.
Heimir Hallgrímsson has also noted unusual heat for Icelanders and weak realization of the moments. In opposition with strong Croatia the team of Halgrimsson has to show the best game to have an opportunity to get into the next stage of the tournament.
The team has already ensured the place in the playoffs and the first place in the tournament brackets. Nigeria still has chances to catch up Croatia by the number of scored points but the team of Dalić has decisive advantage if we speak about head-to-heads. Croatia has destroyed Argentina (3:0) in the second round of the World Cup, having ruined Sampaoli’s team from the tactical side and having shown high efficiency in the attack.
The modern Croatian national team is very skilled team which has a large number of high quality football players as Rakitiç, Modrić, Mandžukić, Subašić, Perišić, etc. Rebić and Brozović demonstrate quite good results at World Cup 2018 and became the iron players of the starting line-up.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Iceland vs Croatia
Bookmakers consider Croatia to be the favorite of this match – odds 2.43. Bookmakers propose 3.42 on a draw and Iceland to win – 3.24. Thus, bookmakers practically leave no chance for Halgrimsson’s team to get into the next stage. Classical total betting have the following quotations in this match: total over 2.5 – odds 2.41 and total under 2.5 – odds 1.66.
There are no doubts that Iceland will try to win the berth into the World Cup playoffs stage and will demonstrate its strength. Croatia can lose nothing and Dalić will give the chance to participate in the tournament to reserve players and to give rest to the main players. We wait for successful result from Iceland.
Our tips: Iceland to win or draw (Asian Handicap +0.5) – odds 1.77 Asianodds
The effectiveness of the games between Croatia and Iceland never show high results. Teams will carefully act on the football field and will try to play in pragmatic style. This will lead to low quantity of the scored goals.