Iceland vs Norway: Nordic stalemate expected in Reykjavik

Iceland vs Norway: Nordic stalemate expected in Reykjavik

Kick Off: 2100, 02/06/2018

Stadium: Laugardalsvollur

Iceland will be hoping for a morale-boosting win ahead of this summer’s World Cup, but Norway are no mugs and have named a strong-looking squad for this Reykjavik clash.

The visitors claimed a couple of friendly wins in March and experienced head coach Lars Lagerback will be keen to maintain the momentum.

This has all the makings of a tight tussle and 23/10 for a draw gets the nod in our Iceland vs Norway betting tips.

A Look At Iceland’s Betting Odds

Iceland made a huge impression at Euro 2016, progressing from their pool and then beating England in the first knockout round before a quarter-final loss to France.

Our Boys built on that success by topping a decent World Cup qualifying group, registering seven wins from 10 games.

Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria await at Russia 2018, but the smallest nation by population ever to reach the finals goes into that tournament with a settled side.

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is the headline act, while Cardiff captain Aron Gunnarsson and Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson are among a number of hard-working players.

However, Heimir Hallgrimsson may settle for steadying the ship here, following March losses to Mexico and Peru in the USA, with three goals conceded on each occasion.

Looking at the Iceland vs Norway odds, we reckon this will be a cagey contest early on and 3/2 for no goals in the first half catches the eye.

A Look At Norway’s Betting Odds

Norway could only manage fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group, picking up 13 points from 10 fixtures in a section featuring Germany, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic.

Closing that campaign with an 8-0 romp away to San Marino and then a 1-0 home win over Northern Ireland did give them something to work with, though.

Two friendly defeats against Macedonia and Slovakia in November were disappointing, but March’s 4-1 triumph over Australia and 1-0 victory in Albania got things back on track.

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen and Bournemouth forward Josh King are familiar faces in a solid squad.

Teenage prodigy Martin Odegaard did not show much when on loan with Holland’s Heerenveen from Real Madrid last season, but he remains one for the future.

The visitors drew 1-1 with Sweden around this time last year and 23/4 for a repeat of that scoreline is worth adding to our Iceland vs Norway betting predictions.

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Last result:

Peru 3-1 ICELAND – Jon Guoni Fjoluson

Albania 0-1 NORWAY – Sigurd Rosted

Head-to-head: Norway 3-2 Iceland, Norway 1-1 Iceland, Iceland 2-0 Norway, Norway 1-0 Iceland, Iceland 1-2 Norway, Iceland 1-1 Norway

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