Iceland vs Ghana Betting Tip
Iceland vs Ghana | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Welcome to our latest preview for this summer’s World Cup, and as of this moment, we can officially say that the tournament will begin NEXT week. How exciting is that? It’s come around so quickly and now, given that it’s so close, we can’t help but think about the many different scenarios that could go down. Before things kick off, however, there are a series of international friendlies that still need to take place – with one of the most underrated ones being Iceland vs Ghana. It may not seem like the most attractive of fixtures, but those are usually the games which surprise people.
Iceland and Ghana won’t be tiptoeing around each other when they square off, and we can see them going gung-ho from the first minute. It’s the last opportunity for many of these Iceland players to stake their claim to be in the first team for the start of the World Cup, and that kind of thing could give them the advantage. However, Ghana will know that they’ve got nothing to lose, so there’s a chance that we’ll see a lot of physicality from the African side.
It almost feels like there’s more pressure on Iceland than anyone could’ve initially expected. Following on from what they were able to accomplish at Euro 2016 is going to be difficult, especially in a group of Croatia, Argentina and Nigeria. Despite how successful they were in qualifying, the wheels have come off a little bit in recent times as they’re currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak. They’ve certainly got quality in their ranks, and perhaps they’ll perform differently in a tournament in comparison to friendlies – but still, we shouldn’t overestimate them too much.
Ghana have been known to capture the hearts of the football world in the past, with their 2010 World Cup exploits still being remembered fondly. Unfortunately, they struggled to really get going in qualifying, drawing three of their final four qualifying games as their hopes of securing a place in Russia vanished. However, there’s certainly room for growth, and it seems as if their attentions have already turned towards the African Cup of Nations. Many international sides go through stages of being hot and cold, and perhaps this blip is just a phase for them.
Iceland vs Ghana Head to Head
Iceland and Ghana are seen as two of football’s greatest underdogs, but that hasn’t led to them playing one another up to this point. Given that they’re situated in different qualifying regions this could be one of the only times they play each other in the next few years, if not decades. Iceland come across as the modern day version of Ghana in more ways than one, and because of that, it feels like there’s a lot of anticipation for this match in comparison to some of their other friendlies.
Odds and Predictions
There aren’t actually too many odds to be found on this game, which is odd (pun not intended), given that many other games of this nature are being put in the limelight. Iceland are still expected to come away with the victory despite that, with odds of 9/7 on Marathon Bet, whereas Ghana are certainly the underdogs at 12/5. The draw is valued at 33/13, which in our mind, is a great price considering what these two teams are like. We think they’ll cancel each other out from an attacking standpoint, and defensively, one or two errors a piece could be the key.
Iceland vs Ghana Top Betting Tip: Draw (1-1)
While Iceland are considered to be everyone’s favourite underdog team, they’ve certainly had some struggles en-route to the World Cup. They’ll be determined to go into the competition with some kind of momentum, but we can still see them struggling against a Ghana side which will have a chip on their shoulder after failing to qualify for the World Cup. We’ll go for a 1-1 draw, as Iceland prepare for their first WC game against Argentina on June 16th. Ghana, on the other hand, won’t play again until September when they take on Kenya in AFCON qualifying.