Iceland hosts Ukraine in an eighth round of Group I qualifying for World Cup 2018 in Europe. The duel is this evening at 21:45 Bulgarian time in Reykjavik.
This is one of the most important duels for both teams until the end of the qualification round. The hosts are in third place with an asset of 13 points, while the Ukrainians occupy the second position with a point more in their assets. In practice, the loser will be eliminated from the battle for the first place where Croatia currently has 16 points.
Iceland lost the second position after defeating Finland by 0: 1 on Saturday night. The Icelandic team has failed to show any of its capabilities in Tampere by playing a mediocre match by even ending a match with a man less after the expulsion of Ruric Gislazon and he will miss the household of Ukraine. This was a second loss for the team, as in the fourth round they retreated to Croatia with 0-2 in Zagreb. Iceland has problems in its tournaments, with only one win in four games - against Kosovo with 2: 1. In the first match against Ukraine they won a point as a guest after a draw of 1: 1. The hosts now need the victory because in their next game they will visit Turkey and it will not be easy for them to take the three points.
Ukraine hopes that after a good 2-0 victory over Turkey, it will record another positive result in Reykjavik and will be able to attack even the first place in this group. If they are successful in the upcoming match, they will surely have the chances of a direct World Cup ranking after Croatia hosts the final round, and this match may be a direct dispute over the first position in the group. Ukraine won its last 2-1 win over Finland and will look for a second victory outside.
Iceland failed to score on Finnish land but I expect to score at home where it plays very loud. The Ukrainians have quite well-known players in the attack, so they are also likely to score at least one hit.
Prediction: Goal / Goal
Odds: 1.95 on Bet365 bet