Stadium: Laugardalsvoellur (Reykjavik)
The Icelanders have generally disappointed their fans with poor performances in the current World Cup qualifying stage. With four games to go before the end of qualifying, the Icelanders still have some chance of challenging their opponents for second place in Group J. Both national teams will be fired up to achieve a positive result. The Armenians have something to prove after failing in September.
In September, the Icelandic national team played three home matches in the World Cup qualifying round. The national team failed to play well defensively, conceding at least two goals in each game and scoring just one point. The Icelandic national team shared points with North Macedonia (2-2), lost to Romania (0-2), and were thrashed by Germany (0-4). At the end of six appearances, the Icelandic national team has four points. At the moment, the Icelanders are in the fifth, penultimate place in Group J.
Armenia have been to their previous World Cup qualifiers as Group J leaders. Joaquin Caparros’ side played three matches and failed to produce their best performance. First came the zeros in an away game against North Macedonia. Then, the Armenian team could not oppose the German national team, suffering a devastating 0-3 defeat. Armenia then returned to their home arena to face Liechtenstein. Armenia failed to achieve a positive result even in that game, where it was tough to lose points. The teams scored one goal each and did not decide the winner. As a result of the five games, Armenia have 11 points. The team is second in Group J.
Expert Betting Tips
In the upcoming match, the bookmakers give preference to the Icelandic team. We can attribute this choice to the status of the home side. The Armenian team put on a very composed performance against Icelanders and clinched a confident 2-0 win. I won’t write off the Armenian team, which came under criticism after three poor performances in September. Naturally, Joaquin Caparros’s side will try to make up for their disappointing showing in the previous phase of the qualifiers.
It is worth noting that the previous four head-to-head games between Iceland and Armenia have never seen Total Over 2.5 goals scored. I reckon the upcoming match will break the chain of head-to-head encounters. Iceland must win to keep their chances of fighting for the second spot, while Romania and North Macedonia are breathing down Armenia’s neck. The visitors certainly don’t want to lose points again.
- Total Over (2.5) goals for 2.05;
- First goal from 1 to 30 min for 1.83;
- Individual Total 2 Over (1) goal for 2.08.