Iceland vs Croatia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

10th June 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

We should be set for a very good game in Iceland between these two and there is a lot at stake for both of them. Iceland kicks off in second place in their qualification group, three points back of Croatia, so this is a big chance for them to make a move in reeling in the leaders. But on the other side of the coin, you have the Croatians who could open themselves up a bigger lead at the top of the table and get themselves closer to Russia 2018.

Iceland vs Croatia Odds

Croatia 21/20, Draw 11/5, Iceland 11/4

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Iceland vs Croatia Betting Tips

The set up for this qualifier should make it one of the better games over the weekend. Iceland can pull level on points with group leaders Croatia with a win at home over them, so that’s a massive incentive for the Icelanders in this. So far in the group, they have gone W3 D1 L1 and the lone defeat in that sequence was a 2-0 reverse out in Croatia. But at home, they have gone well enough, having posted a 2-0 win over Turkey and a 3-2 victory in an epic battle with Finland. So even though Croatia have looked a tight and efficient unit, Iceland will be hopefully of grabbing something out of the game on home soil and a draw could be enough to keep them in second place.

If Iceland win, it then it probably won’t be by a big scoreline and an Iceland 1-0 correct score at bet365 is a price of 9/1. You would imagine that this is going to be a pretty tight game because of what is at stake and under 2.5 goals is a price of 8/13 with bet365 for the game. The last time that these two met in Iceland, there was a 0-0 draw in World Cup 2014 qualification. Iceland have been up against Croatia five times before and they have gone just D1 L4 in their five previous matches against them, so are in search of their first win and this would be a timely occasion in which to get it. A Croatia 2-0 correct score at bet365 is a good quote of 15/2 and that two meetings between these two sides have ended in Croatia’s favour by that very scoreline.

Croatia have been very strong in the group, having posted an unbeaten W4 D1 record and scoring eleven goals and conceding just the one along the way. A Croatia to win to nil option at bet365 is a price of 21/10. Mario Mandzukic is the group’s top scorer with four goals so far and he can be backed at a price of 8/5 in the anytime goalscorer market. Iceland’s top scorer is Alfred Finnbogason who is a 10/3 option. Croatia have beaten Finland and Kosovo on the road and six of their eleven goals in total in the group came in their away victory over Kosovo. So the rest has been tight.

At the end of the day the draw is going to have appeal in his one. Neither will want to lose this match and Croatia will have a tough game out on the road. Iceland will be up for this, but it is hard seeing them do enough to get past a very solid Croatian defence.

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