Iceland vs Croatia Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
Croatia haven’t progressed from the group stage of the World Cup since 1998 and they’ll be desperate to secure their place in the round of 16. They have a talented bunch of players and there is plenty of expectation surrounding them. They’ve bumped into Iceland previously; the pair met during qualifying and the Scandinavians came out on top. Can Zlatko Dalic help his side turn the tables? Iceland were impressive at Euro 2016 and caught the eye during qualifying and Heimir Hallgrimsson will need to ensure that his side don’t let those high standards slip in this final group game. A place in the next round potentially awaits for one of these two teams.
Group D Winner
Head to Head
These two sides have met on six previous occasions including twice in qualifying. Their games don’t tend to contain many goals and both teams have found the net on just one occasion. Croatia have won four times whilst Iceland were victorious in their latest meeting. The pair played out a goalless draw in November 2013.
Iceland 1-0 Croatia – 11/06/2017
Croatia 2-0 Iceland – 12/11/2016
Croatia 2-0 Iceland – 19/11 2013
Iceland 0-0 Croatia – 15/11/2013
Gylfi Sigurdsson – The creative midfielder had a poor season at Everton, scoring just four times but a succession of different managers didn’t help. He is creator-in-chief for Iceland and netted four times during qualifying although he didn’t find the net against this particular opposition. He is capable of swinging any game in his side’s favour, although some critics have pointed to an over-reliance on the former Swansea man.
Luka Modric – Modric isn’t getting any younger but he still hugely influential and goes about his business quietly but effectively. He isn’t universally popular with the Croatian fans but he plays an important role in the side and keeps things ticking over. He has been moved to a more advanced role and is relishing the opportunity to get further forward.