Monday 13/10/2014, 21:45, Euro 2016 Qualification, Iceland vs Netherlands
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It's been a busy week for the national teams and all across Europe, favorites suffered a shocking defeat or had to settle for one point. The Netherlands had its fair share of problems but recently fired back with a narrow margin victory and will be aiming for a double tonight. Iceland is undefeated in three consecutive games and scored a lot over the span, but the Nordic side knows that this is the most difficult match played so far.
Iceland vs Netherlands Odds
Iceland 6.70, Draw 4.20, Netherlands 1.60
Iceland vs Netherlands Tips
Iceland usually wins points in front of their fans, but on the road they were rarely successful, which makes recent victories even more amazing. Three days ago, they crushed Latvia away from home and scored three unanswered goals, just as they did in September when they defeated Turkey.
Surprising enough, the most difficult match was against Estonia, who barricaded themselves in their own half and hope for the best. It goes without saying that the Netherlands won't do the same as the visitors couldn't care less about the fact that they don't have home pitch advantage.
The hosts have a handful of strikers that can penetrate the Dutch defensive system, with Sigurdsson being the most prolific one. He scored in every single game so far and will pair up with Bodvarsson, while relying as always on the support of a very offensive midfield. Three distinct players scored against Latvia over the weekend, so the hosts shouldn't be underestimated.
The Netherlands suffered a shocking defeat in the opening round to the Czech Republic, but great teams have no problem in rebounding after a major setback. They now try to win back-to-back games and will throw everything they've got at Iceland, which means that no key player will be rested. Robin van Persie, Robben and Sneijder with all feature in the starting formation, which promises to be the most offensive minded yet.
- Netherlands will be aiming for a straight victory and will not settle for a narrow margin win
- Iceland can't properly defend and they have a terrible track record against the Netherlands, having lost nine out of 10 games
Iceland vs Netherlands Prediction
This will probably be a one-sided game, with the Netherlands trying to steamroll past their opponents, but Iceland is a tough nut to crack. Instead of backing the visitors to cover the spread, it will be safer to bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored at odds of 1.85 with Pinnacle Sports.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.85 with Pinnacle Sports