Iceland vs Croatia Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Exciting Tuesday evening in Rostov and yet another good match to put our bets and earn money. Iceland knows Croatia well because they played in qualifiers for this championship. They played six games altogether and Croatia recorded four victories, one draw and one defeat. When they play there are under 2.5 goals on average.
Iceland blew it up. After fantastic qualifiers and tremendous draw with Argentina they needed victory against Nigeria to be one step closer to elimination phase. Iceland knew well that they cannot outrun Nigerians so they handed over initiative to them and they patiently waited on counter attacks. In first part of the game they had chance to score but Nigerian goalie showed safe hands there. In second half, Iceland started losing their determination and due to lack of concentration, Nigeria scores 1:0. Fifteen minutes before the end Nigeria sets final 2:0. Iceland also had chance to score consolation goal when referee awarded them penalty but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent ball wide. Now Iceland have mountain to climb. They have to defeat Croatia and in case that Argentina defeats Nigeria they have to score one goal more than Argentineans. Without help of Croats it will be really tough and since Croatia lost their last match against Iceland, they will look for revenge.
Croatia is in first place and besides Uruguay they are only team that kept their sheet clean after two games. In last round they played against Argentina and since their opponent failed to win last game, everybody expected to see Croats defending. What actually happened is hard to explain. Argentina roamed aimlessly around pitch while Croats played game of their lives. After forty-five minutes, nets remained calm. In fifty-third minute Ante Rebic scored great volley after Argentinean goalkeeper made huge mistake 1:0. Ten minutes before the end Luka Modric blasted the ball from the edge of the box and that’s 2:0. In extra time, Ivan Rakitic sets final 3:0. Croats play serious attacking football. Reason why they still did not concede is large number of fouls. They are third team in championship with most fouls. Croatia is through to the knockout phase where they’ll meet Denmark most likely. Last game has no importance for them so they may rest some players. If Croats lose their game to Iceland, nothing changes for them but that defeat could put Iceland in second place instead of Argentina.
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Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson: "We were ahead of them in our qualifying group and we've already beaten them once in Iceland, so we at least have that confidence with us when we play them.”
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic: “We want to beat Iceland to stay top of our group. We have our own style of play and we are going to stick to it while being watchful on their long balls and set pieces.”
Iceland vs Croatia Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches without World Cup 2018 matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||38||45|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||54||50|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||6||10|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||2||8|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||1||5|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||4||0|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||8||2|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||3||6|
Iceland don’t have big injury concerns before the match. Ragnar Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and all of them are highly motivated to play aggressive from the first minute.
On the other side Croatia also don’t have any injury concerns before this game. Some players will be rested, for sure, but Zlatko Dalic have all players fully fit for this game.
Possible starting lineups
Iceland: Haldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Halfredosson, Bjarnason, G Sigurdsson, Finnbogason
Croatia: Subasic, Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Badelj, Kovacic, Bradaric, Pjaca, Perisic, Kramaric
Iceland vs Croatia Prediction
In the final matchday of Group D fixtures, Iceland take on Croatia in Rostov-on-Don and it will be a true football fight for the points. The two sides know each other very well – they played in the same group in their qualification campaign. Iceland play solid football, but they are without a win in their last eight games. Iceland must beat Croatia if want to reach Round of 16, but they also need a positive score from the other Group D match. They are highly motivated for the match against Croatia and will do their best to win this game. On the other side Croatia secured the top spot in this group and they will rest some key players for sure. Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic may opt to make numerous changes and they are not under the pressure. Croatia have six players who are all one booking away from a ban and they will not play on this match against Iceland. Croatia can win three successive games at the tournament for the first time and reserves are highly motivated for this game. They have quality players, and for sure we can’t underestimate them. It is a must win game for Iceland, but also they must score lot of goals. Croatia will play strong football in defending and we don’t expect lots of scoring chances here, but Croatia will have several very good scoring chances on this match.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Iceland vs Croatia Prediction: Under 2.5 goals scored. We don’t expect high scoring game, but expect to see goals. We expect from Croatia to score at least one goal and to finish this game without conceding. So, our second betting pick for the match is Croatia to win to nil. Maybe correct score will be 0-1. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.