Iceland - Luxembourg predictions and free betting tips [13/10/2023]
On Friday, October 13, as part of the 7th round of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, the Iceland team will meet with the national team of Luxembourg. The visitors are carrying out a successful campaign in Group J, occupying third place in the tournament table and lagging behind second-placed Slovakia by three points, while Iceland with six points takes the fifth line.
Iceland: Runarsson; Ingason, Palsson, Hermansson, Finnsson; Magnusson, Traustason, Gunnarsson, Thorsteinsson; Finnbogason, Haraldsson.
Luxembourg: Moris; M Martins, Mahmutovic, Chanot, Pinto; Sinani, Barreiro, C Martins, Olesen, Sanches; Curci.
The match will take place in Reykjavik at the Laugardalsvollur stadium.
After a successful period when the team took part in Euro-2016 and the World Cup-2018, Iceland again slipped to second-rate positions in the overall FIFA ranking. In Group J of the Euro 2024 qualifier, the team is in the penultimate place, lagging behind Slovakia, which is in the top two, by 7 points. With 4 rounds remaining, the hosts are in a very difficult position and are hardly hoping to win a ticket to Germany for the continental championship: Iceland has 2 victories and 4 defeats. After losing 3 matches in a row to Slovakia (1:2), Portugal (0:1) and Luxembourg (3:1), in the last round the islanders barely defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina with a score of 1:0 - Alfred Finnboagason scored the only goal in 91st minute. Now Iceland is to play two home matches with Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, and then go to Slovakia and Portugal next month.
Luxembourg, which has never participated in major international competitions in its history, hopes to spring a surprise in Group J. Currently, Luc Holtz’s charges occupy 3rd place in the tournament table, lagging behind the 2nd line by 3 points. The guests found themselves in a favourable position after three victories over Liechtenstein (2:0), Bosnia and Herzegovina (0:2) and Iceland (3:1), but in the last round, the guests were smashed 9:0 in Portugal. After the duel in Reykjavik, Luxembourg is to play home matches against Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in a row, and on November 19, it will end its qualifying campaign away to Liechtenstein - it will be interesting to see whether the dwarf team can ultimately take a place in the top two.
In the first round in September, Luxembourg won convincingly at home with a score of 3:1.
Forecast for the Match Iceland - Luxembourg
It's hard to say exactly what to expect from each team. On one hand, Iceland has a better squad and will play with the support of their home crowd. However, the recent results of the islanders are increasingly disappointing, while the visitors have picked up good form and will be determined to make amends for their rout in Portugal. I won't be surprised if the "dwarf" manages to upset the favourite and at least does not lose on Friday.
Icelandic teams practice a grinding game with lots of fights, the result of which scored more than 1 goal just once in the last 14 matches. I confidently put on Iceland's ITO (Individual Total Over) less than 1.5 goals.
I doubt that the game will please fans with an abundance of dangerous moments at the goal of the teams, so I put my money on TU (Total Under) corners less than 8.5.
Yellow Card Forecast
Both teams accrue an average of 3 yellow cards per game - I forecast TU (Total Under) warnings more than 3.5.
I'm betting on the exact score of 1:1.