Iceland vs Croatia Betting Tip
Iceland vs Croatia | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
This is the first appearance for Iceland at a World Cup and both the players and fans are making the most of the experience. Having reached the quarter-final of the 2016 European Championship, Iceland made a name for themselves and are no longer an unknown quantity. They have a tough task to qualify from Group D. Croatia burst onto the scene as a World Cup team when they reached the semi-final of the tournament in France 20 years ago. They have failed to hit the same heights since but there is belief the current Croatia team could go some way to emulating the great squad of 1998.
Iceland must win this match if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group D. Their supporters have been fantastic and now it is time for the players to step up to the plate and really give them something to cheer about. A draw is not good enough and Iceland must go for the win to avoid elimination. Croatia have already booked their place in the Round of 16 and even a draw would be good enough to see them progress as the group winners. Zlatko Dalic may choose to rest some of his star players in this game, including Luka Modric and give them time to prepare for the knockout stages of the tournament.
Iceland began their 2018 World Cup campaign with an excellent 1-1 draw against Argentina. The South American team were fancied to top the group but Iceland picked up a point thanks to a penalty save from Lionel Messi. Things did not go to plan against Nigeria in a game Iceland really needed to win. Two good goals from Ahmed Musa separated the teams and this time it was the turn of Iceland to miss a penalty.
Croatia have enjoyed a tremendous start to the tournament and defeated Nigeria comfortably 2-0 in their opening match. Even better was to come from the Croat players as they brushed aside Argentina 3-0 in their second match to qualify for the Round of 16. Croatia will come into this match full of confidence, expecting to win.
Iceland vs Croatia Head to Head
Iceland and Croatia played each other in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Croatia won the home match 2-0 but Iceland won the reverse fixture 1-0, which suggests there is little between the teams. However, Croatia have the better overall record, winning four of their six meetings.
Odds and Predictions
Given the way they have played in their two previous World Cup games, Croatia must start as the favourites to win this match. Bookies offer 2.37 for Croatia to win the game and complete a 100% record in the group stage. Iceland are available at 3.25 and the draw is 3.40, both. Iceland have a problem in this game because they need to come out on the front foot and attack a defence which has yet to concede a goal in the tournament. This could leave them open to the counter-attack, as we saw in the match against Nigeria and that will suit Croatia nicely. You can get 3.60 for Croatia to win the match to nil. Iceland will be looking towards their main striker, Alfred Finnbogason to get the crucial goal in this match. The Bundesliga striker scored against Argentina and is 6.50 to open the scoring. Croatia striker, Mario Mandzukic missed a glorious chance to open the scoring against Argentina and will be hoping to take any chances which come his way in this game. Mandzukic is 5.50 to grab the first goal of the game.
Iceland vs Croatia Top Betting Tip: Croatia (2-0)
Iceland are up against it in this game against a team who are playing full of confidence. Croatia know they can afford to sit back and hit Iceland on the break, which will make it very difficult for Heimir Hallgrimsson and his players. Expect to see Croatia come through this game with the win.