World Cup 2018 - ICELAND I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis
In Group D at the World Cup 2018 Iceland will have to face Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria, which makes for interesting betting tip options of all sorts. We were looking for the best betting possibilities for matches of the Vikings in our analysis and we will tell you what we expect from Iceland at the World Cup 2018. Detailed research about the course of the qualification and roster of the team from the North build the foundation for this prognosis.
Content on this page
- World Cup tips and prognosis
- Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Iceland
- Roster analysis
- Qualification and form check
- Previous final round participations
- 16.06.2018 | 14:00 | Iceland - Argentina
- ODDS COMPARISON
- 22.06.2018 | 16:00 | Iceland - Nigeria
- ODDS COMPARISON
- 26.06.2018 | 19:00 | Iceland - Croatia
- ODDS COMPARISON
Which betting tips can we recommend regarding Iceland at the World Cup 2018?
After a fulminant EURO participation nobody will underestimate Iceland anymore at the World Cup 2018. Therefore Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team will need a great team effort in order to succeed in this difficult group with Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria. William Hill lists Iceland making it to the round of top 16 at the World Cup 2018 with odds of 3.25, which is a pretty low number compared to other underdogs and so underlines the high reputation Iceland has now in international football. Even though this World Cup 2018 betting tip is still on the risky side regarding the group constellation, this scenario isn’t totally taken out of the blue considering Iceland’s strong performance at the EURO 2016.
The first match against Argentina will already show in which direction the surprise team of the EURO in France will go at the World Cup 2018. The odds for an Icelandic victory in this match at the World Cup 2018 are 11 at Intertops and so speak a clear language, however. A draw against Argentina can also be quite lucrative though with odds of 4.60 and this tip has better chances for success according to our analysis, since some so-called favorites already struggled against Iceland’s compact defense in the past. The tall Icelandic offensive players may be able to make up a one goal deficit against Argentina’s short defensive players with high balls and head shots. Iceland will also face an old acquaintance in Group D with Croatia. The two teams already played against each other in the World Cup qualification. But that’s not the only reason why we look forward to this duel at the World Cup 2018. Tipico lists respectable odds of 4.2 for an Icelandic victory and this betting team has good chances for success, since the Vikings already were able to beat Croatia in the qualification for the World Cup 2018.
Generally bets on few scored goals may be a good idea regarding matches with Icelandic participation at the World Cup 2018. In our prognosis we expect the team from the North to play defensively minded with a fast transition game. Therefore Iceland’s duels at the World Cup 2018 may turn into tactical games of patience. One can find betting tips of this sort for the matches in Group D of the World Cup 2018 and corresponding interesting odds at betting providers like William Hill, Tipico or Interwetten.
Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Iceland
- To be eliminated after 3 matches
- To score less than 2.5 goals in the group stage
- Alfred Finnbogason to be the internal topscorer
Who does Iceland send to the World Cup 2018 in Russia?
Apart from Premier League star Gylfi Sigurdsson from FC Everton, Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogasson and Emil Hallfredsson from Udinese Calcio there are mainly players from Europe’s middle class leagues on Iceland’s roster. Among them Birkir Bjarnason from Aston Villa, Ragnar Sigurdsson from Rubin Kazan and captain Aron Gunnarsson from Cardiff City, who all earn their money in average leagues, but a national team from Iceland can’t be imagined without them. With the two youngsters Albert Gudmundsson from PSV Eindhoven and Hördur Magnusson from Bristol City from the English Championship two promising young talents are already pushing into Iceland’s national team roster and they can probably be seen at the World Cup 2018.
After a short analysis of Iceland’s playing style one can see that Iceland has a very good physical presence and they usually deliver a disciplined team performance. So they are not really dependent on the daily form of individual players. In combination with a clear game structure Iceland is able to consistently go to their performance limits. According to our analysis the Icelandic roster lacks somebody that can deliver surprise moments though and so Coach Heimgrimsson can only succeed through the collective. Make a virtue of necessity: This is one of the greatest strengths from the team from the North.
What was Iceland’s road to the World Cup 2018 like?
Iceland sensationally finished first in their Word Cup qualification group in front of Croatia and they had a 5 and 7 point lead on the Ukraine and Turkey. After a strong performance at the EURO 2016 Iceland started into the qualification for the World Cup 2018 with a solid draw against the Ukraine and they locked down their first three points in the next match against Finland with two scored goals in added time. In total the Icelandic national team won 7 of 10 matches and only lost twice. They beat group co-favorite Turkey twice with a total score of 5:0. Unfortunately they lost against Finland though and so for a short time the World Cup final round participation was in danger.
In the qualification Iceland always played their typical 4-4-2 system, which former coach Lagerbäck brought to perfection and is now being continued by new head coach Heimgrimsson. This system forces a wing game which favors the dynamic and physically strong Icelandic players. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jon Bödvarsson are two ideal receivers for flanks into the penalty area. Additionally Iceland finished the qualification with an impressive total goal ratio of 16:7. Tactically smart betting tips on the efficient and ice cold Icelanders could be pretty profitable at the World Cup 2018 according to our prognosis.
Can Iceland look back on past World Cup participations?
Next to Panama Iceland is one of the two World Cup rookies. Even though the team around captain and inbound specialist Aron Gunnarsson is still a blank sheet at World Cups, we don’t believe that the mentally strong Iceland will let that fact influence them. After a compelling EURO participation and the strong performance in the qualification Iceland may count as an underdog at the World Cup 2018, but there is quite a bit expected from the team from the North. They will probably have enough support in the stadiums: The likeable players from the biggest volcanic island of the world will not only be cheered on by Icelandic fans, since they found their way into the hearts of European fans at the EURO 2016.
*All odds: status 14.02.2018