Sports Betting. Croatia vs Iceland [12.11.16] : the Vikings to surprise once again[ ]
2018 FIFA World Cup, qualification
UEFA, Group I
Bet: Asian handicap Iceland +1,25
On Saturday, November 12, we are going to watch an entertaining match Croatia vs Iceland. Both teams are in good form and the away side will stand tight.
Euro 2016 left Croatia with a bitter aftertaste as they failed to get to the last eight. Nevertheless, according to the betting experts the Blazers are ready for the new challenges. So confirming all sports betting predictions Croatia have made a good start in the 2018 World Cup qualification. The Blazers began with a 1:1 draw with Turkey followed by a 6:0 win over Kosovo and a 1:0 win over Finland. Cacic’s side shows a convincing performance and is one of the main contenders for the 1st position in the group I.
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The main discovery of the Euro 2016 tournament, Iceland, keep on surprising the football community. Despite lots of pessimistic betting conjectures the northerners maintain their level and they should be taken seriously. To sports betting companies surprise after the first 3 matches the Vikings have 7 points due to the draw with Ukraine (1:1) and victories over Finland (3:2) and Turkey (2:0). It should be mentioned that Hallgrimsson’s side was minutes away from a humiliating home loss against Finland, but Finnbogason and Sigurdsson saved the day with 2 late goals.
While choosing a bet you should pay attention to the head-to-head statistics. Croatia and Iceland met 4 times and the northerners managed to get only one point. What’s more, the Blazers conceded only one goal, scoring 9. It wouldn’t be amiss to remind that after the first 3 games in this qualifying campaign both teams have 7 points and sit on the first two positions. There is no doubt that Iceland will fight fiercely for the top-two. Although, it will be quite difficult to defeat Croatia on its field, at least the Vikings are able to score as they did in their previous 3 matches.
It is evident that the bookmakers underestimate the away team: Croatia – 1,42, Draw – 4,50, Iceland – 8,00. The Croats are really strong at home, but the Icelanders’ teamwork and fighting spirit compensate in full the lack of techniques. So you can bet on “Asian handicap Iceland +1,25” (1,83). Besides, there is a good bet “Total Goals by Away Team over 0,5” (1,88). The Blazers didn’t allow a goal in the previous matches against Kosovo and Finland, but they did concede in their home opener against Turkey. So Iceland will get their chances, especially from the set piece.