Place: Laugardalsvöllur Stadium. Reykjavík.
Date: on the 15th of October, 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 19:45 p.m. (GMT+1)
Tournament: EUROPA – UEFA Nations League – League A – round 4.
Islanders are showing poor results in the Nations League where Iceland fights not only against Switzerland, but also Belgium. At the moment, after two played matches, Iceland has 0 gained points and the critical difference of scored – missed goals (0:9). It seems that the fairy tale of the Icelandic national team which began in 2016 has ended already and the team is facing severe everyday life. But Iceland has managed to surprise in a recent friendly match against France, having tied the game (2:2). As we see, Icelanders had a hope gleam in respect of the attacking power but the defense work is absolutely poor.
Perhaps, the matter is that the head coach of Iceland has been changed and now the coach is the Swedish specialist Erik Hamrén. The team is changing in the tactical plan and the main players of Iceland have given in, especially it concerns such football players as Halldórsson, Árnason, Ragnar Sigurðsson and Bjarnason. Also Gunnarsson ‘s leaving has affected the team. Now for Iceland it is important to find new talents as there are no good players behind the back of veterans.
The great generation of football players has grown at the moment and Switzerland quite deserves the reputation of one of the most gifted football nations of the nowadays. So, in the Nations League Switzerland takes the second place in the group but the team hasn’t managed to get points from Belgium (loss 1:2). The team has easily coped with Iceland at home field (6:0). Vladimir Petković has been heading the team already for many years (since 2014) and is perfectly familiar with opportunities of his football players.
The aquad looks very solid as the team has such skilled football players as Xhaka, Sommer, Akanji, Shaqiri, Rodriguez, Zakaria and Seferović. Plus, the team has a huge number of talented young players who in the future can become the framework of Switzerland.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Iceland vs. Switzerland
Bookmakers, considering the results of the teams believe that the favorite is Switzerland which victory is estimated for 1.76. The victory of Iceland is quoted for 4.62, and a draw for 3.82. Advantage of Switzerland seems to be more obvious. Classical total betting on this match have such quotations from bookmakers: total under 2.5 for 1.88, total over 2.5 for 2.02.