There’s more International football on Monday night as Iceland take on Andorra in Group H. Both of these sides were involved in low-scoring games on Friday night with Andorra ending a 56-game wait for three points in a qualifier. Can they make it two in a row?
Iceland’s narrow defeat to France on Friday night makes it difficult for them to finish in the top two although they will be expected to bounce back with three points against Andorra on Monday. They were out-shot 22-6 in that game and were under the cosh for the majority of that contest although it’s likely to be a different story this time around. Prior to that reverse, Iceland were unbeaten in Reykjavik collecting nine points against Albania, Turkey and Moldova.
Andorra made history with a memorable 1-0 against Moldova on Friday night. They’d lost 56 straight qualifiers prior to that success and although they were aided by a 55th minute red card for the visitors, they managed to collect three points and the celebrations ensued. It was the end of a miserable 21-year run and they will enter this game with a spring in their step. Although qualification remains impossible, it did help move them off the bottom of the group.
Although they picked up three points against the Moldovans, Andorra will know that they are up against it here. Iceland are extemely strong at home and it could also be fairly chilly in Scandinavia. They were undone by an 89th minute goal in their trip to Turkey, and although they conceded in the 18th minute to France, they were able to stem the tide until after the break.
The visitors haven’t scored an away goal in a qualifier since 2010 (against the Republic of Ireland) and they are unlikely to hit the back of the net here. Quotes of 1/3 for Both Teams to Score? No are far too skinny so we have to look elsewhere.
Andorra are unlikely to be picked off here and they will look to defend in numbers. Despite their heroics in recent years, Iceland seem a bit weaker, particularly in the final third. They did fire three past Moldova, but only managed a single goal here against Albania. The reverse fixture ended 2-0 to the visitors and we could see a similar scoreline here.
Iceland Win and Under 3.5 Goals is the main pick for this Euro 2020 Qualifier and it’s Evens with Paddy Power.
Birkir Bjarnason came closest to scoring for Iceland against France on Friday night and the midfielder is not afraid to get forward. He broke the deadlock in the reverse fixture and could be an interesting option in the anytime goalscorer market. With several players odds-on in this market, he offers value at 11/10 with Bet365.
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