Albania’s chances of getting to the European Championships look slim at best. They head into Tuesday’s action six points out of the top two. Iceland are one of the three teams above them who are all sat on twelve points. So they need the points to try and force their way into the top two at the expense of either France or Turkey. Read our Albania v Iceland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 8th, 2019 at 2:53 p.m.)
Albania were beaten heavily by France on Saturday, a 4-1 defeat in Paris. That leaves them on six points from their qualification group campaign and given that they have three teams above them each on twelve points, with just five to play, it’s not likely that they will be taking part in next summer’s finals. The two wins that they have picked up have been clean sheet wins over Andorra and Moldova.
Albania were on a five-match undefeated streak of away form in European Championship qualifiers before their reverses at Iceland and France in this group. Back in Euro 2016 qualifiers, they won at both Portugal and Serbia. They look a long way short of that kind of form though now. If you look at their current away form in competitive and friendly matches, Albania are W2 D1 L5 in their last eight.
Iceland are W3 L1 in their four previous games against Albania
Albania’s one success over Iceland happened in a home friendly in 2004
Both teams have scored in three of the previous four meetings
All wins recorded between the two have been by a 2-1 scoreline
Iceland claimed a solid 3-0 home win over Moldova on Saturday to make it a three-match winning streak in the group. They seem to have recovered a bit of their form after a poor World Cup and Nations League (and everything in between). Iceland are sat at W4 L1 in the group, the only loss in the Euro 2020 qualification campaign being a 4-0 drubbing in Paris against World Champions France.
Iceland have taken a clean sheet in three of their four group wins. To at least keep pace with Turkey and France they are going to need to keep their foot on the gas with this current form going. In away games in European Championship qualifiers, Iceland are W4 L3 in their last seven such fixtures. They have both France and Turkey still to come in the campaign. They can ill afford to drop points against easier opposition.
Iceland have a lot more at stake in this one than Albania do, even though the door mathematically is not closed for the Albanians. But because Iceland are up in the head to head and are carrying more stable form, it’s the away win that has the most appeal.
9th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This is a big game for Turkey in Group H of Euro 2020 qualification. They sprung a huge surprise taking victory over France on the weekend which leaves them probably group with three wins from three. Iceland though are only three points behind them. Will they be able to take advantage of this fixture on home soil to get themselves further into the mix for automatic qualification spot? Read our Iceland v Turkey betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
It hasn’t been a bad start from Iceland in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They opened with a 2-0 away success at Andorra and on Saturday produced a 1-0 home success over Albania. Sandwiched between those two successes was a bit of a chastening 4-0 defeat against France. Iceland had a poor Nations League campaign and in fact, before the Euro 2020 qualifiers started, they were on a seven-match winless streak of form, losing four of those fixtures.
Iceland have won just two of their 10 fixtures since the start of September 2018. One positive that they can take with them into this game against Turkey is that they have collected a clean sheet in three of their last four games played. But those were games against weaker opposition than what Turkey is. Iceland have failed to score in three of their last six fixtures. A win in this one would really shake things up in the top two of Group H, but will Iceland have enough to stop the in-form Turkey?
Iceland and Turkey were parent up in World Cup 2018 qualification
Iceland won both of those fixtures with a clean sheet
Iceland leave the overall head-to-head W3 L1 against Turkey
Both teams have NOT scored in the four previous meetings
Turkey have hit the ground running in Euro 2020 qualification with three straight victories. Across those successes, they have scored eight unanswered goals. On the weekend they pulled off the biggest shock so far of the qualifiers, producing a 2-0 home success against the reigning world champions France. That leaves Turkey fully in control at the top of the table, three points ahead of both France and Ireland. So they may well see the importance of picking up a point in this one which will guarantee that they stay on top of the group at the end of this international break.
It is some form that Turkey are currently on at the moment because it is a five-match winning streak that they have running. Considering that they didn’t exactly set the stage alight in the nations league this has been something of a surprising run of form from them. They seem to have settled into being in pretty decent side at the moment. In each of their last five games played they have scored at least two goals. Their defensive output is also worth a mention as well because they have five clean sheets in their last six games played now.
Iceland are not in any kind of form at the moment and there should be a good chance for Turkey to keep up their momentum. Turkey were actually annoyed by their treatment at the airport upon arriving in Iceland so that my fire them up more to go out and produce the victory. Turkey to win.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
France had a comfortable win out in Moldova to kick off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. It’s back to home soil on Monday as they played host to Iceland. Iceland also got a win under their belt in their qualification opener, taking down Andorra. Read our France v Iceland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 24th, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.)
The French earned a 4-1 success at Moldova to start their qualification campaign in a positive fashion. Both Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe got themselves on the scoresheet in the match. France looked as if they were going to earn a clean sheet by conceded a minute from time. That victory snapped a little away slump that they had been on. France have won three of their last four games played now and have lost just one of their last 17 international fixtures going back to May last year. On home soil, France have won their last three, including Nations League victories over the Netherlands and Germany. France have won each of their last four games in Saint-Denis specifically, scoring exactly two goals in three of those four games.
The last meeting ended in a 2-2 draw, a 2018 friendly
Each of the last four meetings have produced at least four goals
There have been 21 goals in total in the last four meetings
France are W8 D4 L0 against Iceland
Iceland earned a 2-0 win in Andorra to kick off their qualification campaign. That was a win that they couldn’t afford not to get. It has been a while since Iceland have been in good form and that victory in Andorra snapped a fourteen match winless streak of form that they were on since March last year. They are however undefeated in their last four with a W1 D3 record on the board.
When Iceland went to France last year for a friendly, they almost pulled off a shock victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the game until they collapsed in the last five minutes. Iceland have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four games against France. They are on a seven-match scoring streak against the French. Their scoring output has not been great as they have failed to score in four of their last eight games (W1 D3 L4).
France should get three points in this one, but the recent meetings between these two have been fantastic high scoring affairs. Back the home win and both teams to score to see that trend continue on.
24th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Belgium can leave themselves three points clear of Switzerland in A2 of the Nations League with three points at home against Iceland on Thursday. Belgium’s final game is against Switzerland and that will be a showdown for the promotion spot on November 18th. As for Iceland, they already know that they are going to be playing down in League 2 next time around as they have already been relegated with no points after three games. Read our Belgium v Iceland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 15th, 2018 at 8.34 p.m.)
The Red Devils have collected a W3 D1 record in their last four games played. They were on a three-match winning streak before they were held to a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in their most recent fixture. Still, they are W4 D1 in their five games since losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final against France and that’s enviable form really. They have such tremendous scoring power and they have come up with at least two goals in all but one of their last five games. In each of their two previous games against Iceland, Belgium have scored exactly three goals. A Belgium 3-0 correct score option is at 11/2 with only the 2-0 result for them shorter at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm).
Romelu Lukaku has scored exactly two goals in each of his last two Nations League games. He was back in action for Manchester United on the weekend after injury problems. In three of their last five games, Belgium have managed to pick up a clean sheet and Belgium to win to nil is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm). Whatever the result in this one happens to be (in the unlikely event that Belgium don’t win) they would only need a point against Switzerland in their final game to win the group.
Belgium have faced Iceland twice before
Belgium won 3-1 at home in a 2014 friendly
Belgium won 3-0 away in the Nations League back in September
It has been a rough time for Iceland who have yet to pick up a single point their Nations League campaign. From their three games played so far, they have managed to produce just the one goal while they have conceded eleven. Needless to say, heading into their final match of the group, they have already been relegated which may give them a bit of a chance to regroup.
Things have certainly gone off the boil for them as they are without a win in their last eleven games, losing eight of those (D3). At least there has been the positive of them having scored in seven of their last ten fixtures (competitive and friendly). Still, this is such a tough away game for them, both teams NOT to score in this fixture is at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm).
In their last seven away games Iceland have produced a W2 D2 L3 record while each to their last five games have managed to get up and above the 2.5 goal line. Over 2.5 goals is 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm). They have nothing left to play for, they are out of form, have had selection problems aplenty, they are facing one of the best sides in the world and will probably be glad just to see the calendar year out.
It would be a shock if Belgium were to not win this game. They have been in such terrific form for such a long time now and they have incentive here as well, to give themselves a cushion before facing Switzerland. Belgium to win to nil has to fit the bill.
12th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Iceland nearly sprung a huge shock in midweek in beating World Champions France in an international friendly. They had to settle for a draw in the end, but it was a much better performance than we have seen for a while from them. Switzerland will want a win out of this after narrowly losing to Belgium on the weekend. Read our Iceland v Switzerland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 12th, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.)
Iceland are still struggling for form. They met France in a friendly on Thursday and surprisingly, even to them it seemed, found themselves 2-0 up in the fixture with a half hour to play. They couldn’t hold out as they conceded two goals in the final five minutes of the game for a draw. But it was at least a much better effort from them. They have suffered a 6-0 loss against Switzerland and a 3-0 loss against Belgium so far in the Nations League. They have been struggling for goals and we can’t help but still look at both teams not to score at even money* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 3:17 pm).
So they are staring down the barrel of relation in the Nations League group. Iceland had failed to score in three of their last five games now so haven’t been great in front of goal. The amount of goals that they have conceded recently points to a big problem. They haven’t taken a clean sheet since a 2-0 win over Kosovo in their final World Cup 2018 group stage qualification match. That’s a thirteen without a clean sheet and they have conceded at least two goals in nine of their last eleven. A Switzerland 2-0 correct score is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 3:17 pm).
Switzerland opened their Nations League account with a fantastic 6-0 drubbing of Iceland. They then suffered a 2-1 setback against group favourites Belgium on the weekend, away from home. So in order to keep this group alive, they are going to want to bank three points out of this before facing the Belgians back on home soil later in the group. A narrow loss against Belgium is no shame at all of course but the Swiss have now lost their last two games by a one-goal margin and three of their last four (W1).
That’s a little surprising because they had lost just one of their previous thirteen games (competitive and friendly) so we’re shaping up well. But the Swiss look favourites for this rematch against Iceland for it we are looking under 2.5 goals at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 3:17 pm). This is all about the win and not so much the performance. Switzerland have just the one clean sheet in their last seven games, but that was against Iceland. They are W3 D1 L2 in their last six away from home (not counting the World Cup 2018).
Switzerland piled up a massive 6-0 win over Iceland when they met earlier in the Nations League group. Their only two previous meetings before that were during 2014 World Cup qualifying. Switzerland took a 2-0 away win before a thrilling 4-4 draw between them in the second fixture.
We still fancy Switzerland to get the job done. They made mincemeat of Iceland last time out and while it won’t likely be as big of a win for them, the visitors can still prevail. Away win and likely under 2.5 goals.
14th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
World Cup winners France get a warm-up ahead of their next Nations League action. France will play host to Iceland on Thursday night ahead of a much more intriguing rematch with Germany next week. Read our France v Iceland betting tips for more.
Iceland 18/1* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.)
Les Blues opened their Nations League account with a draw against Germany away from home and then a 2-1 success back on home turf against Holland. So it has been a good steady return from them after their World Cup heroics in the summer. They look just about as reliable as ever and haven’t lost a game since a friendly defeat against Colombia back in March. France are more than capable of running up the goals but we are looking under 2.5 goals at 7/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on October 8th, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.).
This is a friendly and France are naturally going to save themselves for their Nations League game against Germany in midweek. There’s no importance on this and they aren’t going to run full tilt. Because of that, a comfortable France 2-0 option is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on October 8th, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.) in the correct score market. France have scored at least two goals in four of their last six games so there is a bit of a trend there. France have scored eleven goals in their last three home games against Iceland as well.
Iceland are having a rough time of things at the moment. This time of transition after such a strong couple of years, a new manager in place and injuries has seen them go into a bit of a decline. They are on a four-match losing streak at the moment which includes some heavy defeats in their Nations League openers, a 6-0 defeat against Switzerland and a 3-0 loss against Belgium. So they are clearly there for the taking defensively and aren’t offering much going forward.
France to win to nil is at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on October 8th, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.) and that is one of our top options in France v Iceland betting tips. Iceland have failed to win any of their last nine games played now (D2 L7) and they have failed to score in three of their last four as well. It’s hard to find any confidence or reason to back them in this one right now.
Iceland are well out of sorts at the moment and their bubble has well and truly burst. We can only look at the strengths and depths of the home side and back the home win to nil.
8th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium, who are one of the front-runners to win the Nations League, kick off their group stage campaign with a road to trip to Iceland. The Red Devils had a great warm up in hammering Scotland in a friendly. As for Iceland, they suffered a massive defeat against Switzerland on the weekend in their opening Nations League match. Read our Iceland v Belgium betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.)
Iceland suffered an absolute hammering at the hands of Switzerland over the weekend, going down 6-0. That was a brutal result, but they have a new head coach in place and were missing some key first-team players for the match. There’s no reason to expect them to be much stronger for this one and both teams not to score is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.) and a reasonable option given what we saw from them on the weekend.
Iceland are well out of form at the moment and have gone D2 L6 in their last eight games. So maybe all of the shine has gone off having raised their standards so much over the last couple of years. Their defence seems to be really creaking now and they have shipped at least two goals in seven of their last nine games. It may be worth looking over 2.5 goals at Paddy Power for 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).
Belgium were rampant against Scotland in producing a 4-0 success over the Scots at Hampden Park. Belgium are in fine form at the moment after their great run at the 2018 World Cup and they have lost just the one game since early September 2016, which was their World Cup semi-final tussle with France. So it is pretty unlikely that they are going to suffer a shock out on the road in this competitive Nations League fixture. Romelu Lukaku is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).
Belgium have plenty of scoring power in them and they have scored at least two goals in nine of their last twelve games. As we are not expecting much of a threat coming from Iceland in his game then that leads us to a reasonable correct score option of Belgium 3-0 for 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.). The Belgians did put three goals past Iceland in their only previous meeting and they will be relishing this game after seeing what Switzerland did to Iceland over the weekend.
The only previous meeting between Iceland and Belgium was an international friendly back in 2014. Belgium were comprehensive winners there, banking a 3-1 win with Romelu Lukaku getting on the scoresheet.
This should be an easy win for Belgium. They looked really good at the moment and Iceland, who are in a bit of a transition and not at full strength are likely to suffer again. Belgium to win to nil leads our Iceland v Belgium predictions.
10th September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This should be a good contest between two pretty stable teams. Both were in action at the 2018 World Cup and will be looking to push on from the strengths of having gotten to those finals. This is the first action of the Nations League for both and the Swiss will be keen to press home any kind of advantage on home soil. Read our Switzerland v Iceland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 5th, 2018 at 5:19 p.m.)
This is a big game for Switzerland who gets the home advantage to open up their Nations League account with. So they will be looking for a positive start here. After a good World Cup 2018 qualification campaign, albeit in a pretty easy group, they reached the round of sixteen at the World Cup where they lost 1-0 to Sweden. Still, the Swiss are W8 D4 L2 in their last fourteen matches, which isn’t a bad return at all. They have scored in all but one of their last eight games as well so have been pretty reliable.
Granted defensively they haven’t been the greatest, but we think for our Switzerland v Iceland betting tips, they are worth backing to win to nil at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 5th, 2018 at 5:19 p.m.). Iceland don’t pose the great of attacking threat and aren’t at fulls strength. The Swiss are a bit thin on the ground in terms of attacking options themselves and even though he didn’t have a great World Cup Haris Seferovic is probably going to be leading the line again. So we don’t see this being a high scoring affair at all and therefore it is worth expecting this one go under 1.5 goals.
Iceland will miss captain Aron Gunnarsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson is also out injured. So that’s a couple of notable absentees for Iceland’s midfield. They also have a new manager in place and that is Erik Hamren and he has to try and make do without their first choice striker Alfred Finnbogason who is another key name out injured for them. So they are not going to be quite at full strength for this one which could hamper them. Both teams not to score is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 5th, 2018 at 5:19 p.m.) and definitely is one of our top Switzerland v Iceland betting tips.
Iceland have had a couple of terrific years with that great run at Euro 2016 and then in reaching the World Cup this summer for the first time ever. However, change is coming and they aren’t carrying form. Iceland have won just one of their last ten games played now (D3 L6) so they are going to have to dig deep. They have scored in all but one of their last six games played but we see them having difficulties in getting a lot of change out on the road in this one.
This will only be the third match between these two nations. They were together in World Cup 2014 qualification and Switzerland produced four points from the two games. They took a win on the road and they were involved in a crazy 4-4 draw back on home soil, having held a 4-1 lead at one point in the second half.
We are going with Switzerland to collect the win in this one as they have just a little bit more about them in terms of attacking threat. Iceland aren’t at full strength and could struggle in front of goal. The home side to win to nil will has plenty of appeal.
7th September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium are the outright favourites to win Group 2 of League A in the UEFA Nations League and they are strong favourites as well at 2/5 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm) to win this group. It was a great summer from the Red Devils after reaching the World Cup semi-finals. Can they run unopposed to the group win here against the Swiss and Iceland? They will have plenty of backing to do so.
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm)
Finally, Belgium lived up to a bit of potential as they reached the World Cup semi-finals, knocking out Brazil along the way in emphatic style. That was just what they needed in terms of self-belief because the squad and the talent is certainly there for them. They had an easy qualification campaign to get to the World Cup and we can see these competitive matches being the same for them. The squad is pretty much the same from what it was in the summer and they should top this group.
Because they look strong favourites in this group, which puts them through to the Finals, then Belgium are 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm) to win the entire UEFA Nations League 2018 outright. So they aren’t a bad price at all. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is one of the front-runners to be the top scorer in the Nations League but watch out for Eden Hazard has started the new Premier League season so well.
Switzerland got out of the group stage at the 23018 World Cup and could go no further. We liked what they produced in qualification to get to the World Cup and they got as far as they were ever expected to do at the tournament. They did play out a 1-1 draw with Brazil in the group stage. Sweden knocked them out in the round of sixteen but the Swiss play some alright stuff. They knock the ball around and aren’t quite as negative as they used to be. Key man for them is Xherdan Shaqiri but still, they aren’t on a par with Belgium.
We saw all of that fantastic team spirit and unity from Iceland at the 2018 World Cup that we had seen at Euro 2016. They opened with a 1-1 draw against Argentina in their first ever World Cup match and they were great value for it too. However, they then fell short as they couldn’t come up with the goals and somehow lost to Nigeria and then were just outclassed in their final group stage match by Croatia. To their credit, Iceland weren’t really outplayed heavily in either of those matches. They’ll give their all here and will at least fancy their chances of relegating the Swiss to bottom spot.
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on September 1st, 2018 at 11:30 pm)
It is Belgium all the way for us. There may not be much between Switzerland and Iceland really and neither of them are likely to produce enough to stop Belgium winning the group. We can only lean towards a straight forecast in this one with Belgium winning and we would just shade things with the Swiss to take that second spot. That’s only because they have just a little extra quality in being able to find the goals.
3rd September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
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.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)
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.
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.
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.
26th June 2018 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting