Iceland v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 201826th June 2018 / lee
Iceland v Croatia World Cup 2018, 26th June – 7.00 p.m
Iceland have everything to play for in this one and it will be interesting to see if they can build up a big enough head of steam to take down the group leaders. Iceland have to win and then rely on things going their way from the Nigeria v Argentina game, to get through to the round of 16. Croatia have been one of the most impressive sides of the group stage at Russia 2018 and our Iceland v Croatia prediction suggests that they can take a 100% record from Group D through to the next round.
Iceland v Croatia Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)
Iceland v Croatia Betting Tips
So there is pressure on Iceland to perform in this fixture is only a win will give them a chance of getting through to the knockout stage of the competition in what is their World Cup debut. That will be some achievement they could pull it off. They opened their campaign with a fantastic draw against Argentina, but then they really undid all of that work as they collapsed to a 2-0 defeat against Nigeria. If they could have produced a win in that one which was pencilled in as being their easiest game of the group, then they would have been sitting on the threshold of place in the knockout phase. Not only do they have to win this one they have to hope that Nigeria doesn’t beat Argentina, or Argentina don’t win by a big enough margin to beat them on goal difference. Things are complicated if Iceland win and Nigeria draw, because Iceland would have top Nigeria the winner of that match on goal difference.
Iceland are not carrying the form to suggest that they can go and produce a win in this one as they have collected one victory only in their last nine games. They have lost four of their last six as well and their defence hasn’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine. So that is a huge concern for them especially against Croatia side who are playing so well. By and large, Iceland have been scoring consistently but we are going to put out for our Iceland v Croatia betting tips the both teams to score option at 4/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.). This is basically the point where Iceland had to throw caution to the wind and just go for broke.
Croatia have looked very slick at this tournament so far scoring five unanswered goals. They were always going to set themselves up well as being a dark horse prospect for Russia 2018, and they have looked very good value for that. They opened with a 2-0 win over Nigeria and then romped their way to a 3-0 success over Argentina to secure a place in the knockout phase. That was some performance from them in the second half against the South Americans. The notable thing from the match was how well Croatia dominated the midfield area and then throwing pieces of magic from Luka Modric (who got his second goal of the tournament) and Croatia were such great value for their win.
Technically they do need one more point to secure top spot in the group, but that will only come into play if they lose this game and Nigeria did enough to overcome a heavy goal difference by beating Argentina. That’s not likely to happen at all and we can see Croatia just taking a step back in this one, but still we see them being comfortable enough to keep Iceland at arms length and under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.). No one is going to want meet Croatia in the round of 16.
Iceland v Croatia Head to Head
Both teams have not scored in each of the last four meetings between Iceland and Croatia and that includes their clashes during World Cup 2018 qualification. During that, they traded home wins and in the overall head-to-head it is Croatia who are 4-1 up with just the one drawn match. During those previous meetings, Croatia have conceded just two goals in total.
Who will win – Iceland v Croatia Predictions
When Iceland most needed a result in the second match against Nigeria, it just fell apart for them. All their good working taking a point off Argentina was undone as they are facing an uphill struggle to get through. With that said we can’t even see them winning this game as Croatia have looked so good and for our Iceland v Croatia betting tip we are backing Croatia to win to nil.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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