World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Iceland vs UkrainePublished September 5, 2017 by Sol FH
The hot ticket tonight in the World Cup Qualifying is a tight match-up between Iceland and Ukraine live at 19:45 GMT.
Iceland are entering into a 'must-win' situation tonight against the Ukraine after a slip up last week against Finland 1-0. The Ukraine are in second place in Group I, just two-points behind Croatia, and their amazing 2-0 win against Turkey last week, in which Striker Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice in the first half was a huge boost. With the win, the Ukraine are en-route to their second World Cup berth since becoming a sovereign country.
Hordur Magnusson’s chances of making it back to the World Cup in 2018 are slipping through his fingers, and is now in a do or die situation. Iceland are still in good shape in 3rd place. They are only 3 points off of top spot, but they absolutely need a win tonight. The loss to Finland was after a 3-win streak, which is the reason that they are still in contention. One of those wins was against the Group I leaders back in June, making their loss to Finland such a shocker.
The Ukraine must still host Croatia so Iceland are not all out They still have a hosting of Croatia to get past in the final round of fixtures though, so they can’t afford any slip ups either. Iceland are home specialists and Ukraine will have a very difficult time. This will most-likely be a low scoring game, as Ukraine will probably play for a draw, but we could be surprised by Iceland if they get their offense in check.
World Cup Betting
bet365 Sports is offering very competitive odds ahead of tonight's match. Iceland are slight favorites at 2.62, whilst Ukraine are visiting and therefore have odds of 2.90 to win. The draw could be the smart bet at 3.30, which would make the most payday for outright result. Bettors could also consider a 2-1 win for Iceland, which would mean odds of 10.00 for a massive payday.