Finland vs Iceland Betting Tips, Prediction, Preview, H2H & Lineups
Two Nordic sides will meet on Saturday evening and things are going completely differently for both of them. Despite Finland having almost 15 times the population of Iceland, they remain in a struggling position in the footballing world whilst their opponents are rocketing up the ranks. Finland currently sit second from bottom with just one point won out of their six qualifiers so far. Iceland, meanwhile, dreams to repeat same glorious achievement as their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, followed by a remarkable performance in France.
H2H History: Finland vs Iceland
2018 World Cup Qualifying: Finland vs Iceland 02.09.2017
Guests from Iceland are sitting second in the qualifying group and only behind Croatia on goal difference. They are just two points above other pretenders – Turkey and Ukraine, but with home matches against Ukraine and Kosovo, and a trip to Turkey left to play after this. Iceland surely have a decent chance of making it to Russia next summer.
Finland are winless at home in their last seven games and have lost four of them. After 1 draw and 5 losses, the home team is currently in 5th place with 1 point earned. Their only point came at home against Kosovo, who were playing their first ever competitive football match after being allowed to compete in this campaign. Since then Finland have lost against Iceland, Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey and Ukraine, again amid a couple of friendly draws.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Finland’s boss Markku Kanerva has left out left back Jukka Raitala, captain Niklas Moisander, and defensive midfielder Moshtagh Yaghoubi as he tries to find something to bring success to them.
Heimir Hallgrimsson has named the same Icelandic side as usual, keeping their strong team chemistry together. This includes new Everton record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson who will most likely be Iceland’s key man once again.
Finland vs Iceland Prediction and Betting Tips
Icelandic football thrives in the last couple of years and Iceland comes into this match on a high after defeating a very strong Croatian side – 1:0 at home. We believe they have what it takes to achieve another victory on Saturday night and this will make them in even better position before the closing part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Possible Lineups of Finland and Iceland
Venue: “Ratinan Stadion”, Tampere.
Referee: Pavel Kralovec from the Czech Republic.
Finland: Lukas Hradecky – Kari Arkivuo, Juhani Ojala, Joona Toivio, Jere Uronen – Tim Sparv, Alexander Ring – Robin Lod, Kasper Hämäläinen, Perparim Hetemaj – Teemu Pukki. (4-2-3-1)
Iceland: Hannes Thor Halldorsson – Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason – Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Emil Hallfredsson, Birkir Bjarnason – Gylfi Sigurdsson –
Alfred Finnbogason. (4-4-1-1)