Latvia v Iceland | Betting Preview

Date: October 10, 2014
Venue: Stadions Skonto, Riga, Latvia
Kick-off time: 19:45 BST

The Group A Euro Qualifier encounter between Latvia and Iceland is one of the few unpredictable encounters. Iceland, on paper, is a better team than Latvia but there’s always certain unpredictability when the home team are underdogs.

Iceland is top of the table with three points, while Latvia occupies the fourth position in Group A after a draw with Kazakhstan.

Latvia form: L-W-W-W-D

Prior to Euro Qualifiers, Latvia played well in the Baltic Cup eventually winning it. Their last game against Kazakhstan was a rather silent affair with both the teams failing to find the back of the net. The first half was quiet with both the keepers not being tested enough.

Latvia’s attack was the silent of the lot, with their midfield not able to create any clear cut chances. The second half was a bit lively with a Latvia’s Andrejs Kovalovs strike hitting the crossbar, the closest Latvia went to score a goal.

Iceland form: L-L-D-W-W

Iceland was in superb form against Turkey in their first match where they defeated the Turkish side by three goals. Iceland was helped by red card to Omer Topak, when Turkey was just getting in the groove.

Iceland was confident in possession and worked hard off the ball to deny Turkey midfield any space. Iceland should continue the good work and they will surely progress.

Key Players

Latvia: Andrejs Kovalovs

The 25-year-old midfielder is making the midfield place in the Latvian lineup his own. Though not a scorer of goals regularly, he possess a fine shot and will be handy against Iceland.

Iceland: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Swansea midfielder has experienced a renaissance after his ill fated Tottenham move. His goal scoring form has return and most importantly, his confidence in the game. His movement and vision is an asset to any side. With a dearth of good creative midfielders in the Iceland team, he’s the one whom the team looks up to.

Betting Advice

Iceland should win this fixture and get the maximum out of the game with William Hill offering decent odds of 2.2 for their victory.