Betting tip World Cup 2018: Ukraine - Iceland
Monday, 05.09.2016 at 20:45 o’clock
EURO surprise Iceland versus Ukraine
Iceland plays their first qualification game at the Olympic stadium of Kiev. After a successful EURO in France expectations in the Icelandic national team have risen. Ukraine on the other hand disappointed in France. Kick-off is Monday at 8.45 PM.
Current form Ukraine
Ukraine didn’t play their best football at the EURO. They went home with three losses and no scored goal. It was time for a change. So Andrey Shevchenko took over as head coach. He already used to be the assistant coach of Fomenko. Ukraine surely has more potential than they showed in France. At the beginning of the year they tested against Cyprus and Wales and won both games. The total market value of the team is 127 million Euros. Most valuable player is Andrej Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kiev. He scored 25 goals for Ukraine so far. Another top player is Konoplyanka from Schalke 04. The only 39-year-old Shevchenko now has the task of forming a team out of great individual players. Ukraine and Iceland played each other twice in the past. One game ended in a draw, the other one was won by Ukraine. With Shevchenko on the bench the goal of qualifying for the World Cup seems reachable.
Current form Iceland
After a great EURO and the reaching of the quarter finals Iceland starts anew. Qualifying for the World Cup would be a bonus. Sole coach is now Heimir Hallgrímsson after Lars Lagerbäck stepped down. The coach says it’s hard to evaluate Iceland’s current form. Iceland forewent a test match and rather practised for a couple of days as preparation. A lot of players on the team signed with new clubs after the EURO. After an exceptional tournament Bjarnasson for example signed with FC Basel. Iceland has a promising roster after all. If they manage to conserve their form and euphoriua from the EURO and if they go into every game focused a World Cup participation may be possible.
We believe that Ukraine will play better and more aggressive than in France. Iceland will also go into the game well prepared. Therefore our recommendation: Tip X.