World Cup Match 40: Iceland v Croatia

The final game of Day 13 will see Iceland playing for a chance to advance to the knockout stage when they take on Group leaders Croatia at the Rostov Arena.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Iceland opened with a brilliant performance, keeping Argentina to a 1 all draw before succumbing to Nigeria 2-0 in their following match.

Croatia scored a somewhat fortunate 2-0 win in their opening game against Nigeria, but were fantastic in their 3-0 slaying of Argentina, which saw them earn qualification for the Round of 16.

Lineups
Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R.Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gudmundsson, G.Sigurdsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Bodvarsson.
Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Corluka, Lovren, Vida; Badelj, Rakitic; Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Kramaric.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Iceland hasn’t won a game since last October’s 2-0 win over Kosovo. Since then they’ve had 3 draws and 5 losses

What should I be betting on?
Croatia to cap a great group stage with a tight win here.

Wolf’s Prediction

The Wolf tipped Croatia to top the group and have all but secured group honours following two outstanding performances. They made global headlines with their win over Argentina and The Wolf is expecting them to be just as dominant against Iceland. The Scandinavians need all 3 points which means playing almost exclusively on the counter is not an option. The two nations were in the same group of European qualification with each taking maximum points at home. At a neutral venue and with the form they have shown, Croatia are overwhelming favourites. Croatia are fast becoming the entertainers of Russia 2018. The Overs is 5-1 in their last 6 World Cup matches and The Wolf says we will see them find the back of the net multiple times against Iceland. Croatia are not pretenders!

Recommended Bets

Best: Croatia WIN ($2.15)
Other: Anytime Goalscorer – Luka Modric ($4.00)
Value: Win Both Halves – Croatia ($6.50)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 26. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 27th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides are fully fit.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? 6 matches have been played between these sides, with Croatia winning 4, 1 game drawn and Iceland claiming 1 victory, which just so happened to be in their last clash, just over a year ago. Iceland won 1-0.

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