Preview - Iceland vs Switzerland 16 October 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 2
Iceland vs Switzerland
Tuesday, September 16th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur

Iceland:
Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.90
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 2.70
Top Scorer: Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (22)

Switzerland:
Last five matches form: D L W L L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.10
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.90
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (22)

It's safe to say that the UEFA Nations League hasn't gone quite according to plan for Iceland so far. Played two, lost two, scored none, conceded nine. The first of those two games came against their next opponents in League A Group 2, when they were humiliated 6-0 against Switzerland away.

No chance for the Icelanders here then? Whilst that is the obvious first thought, we should probably also consider their most recent performance when taking on a strong French side away from home. Iceland were two goals up against the World Champions that day, and just about deserved to be in what was a remarkable improvement in form. Undone by an own goal and a penalty kick inside the last four minutes, they had to settle for a draw in the end but it must still go down as a fine effort.

Switzerland have been beaten twice since running riot against Iceland, but single goal defeats away to both England and Belgium shouldn't be judged too harshly. They remain a solid outfit and will be favourites headed into this.

History is certainly in favour of the visitors, with Switzerland having won six of the seven games between the sides to date.

The one-sidedness of the previous clash between these two is tough to forget, but Iceland were much better against France and can be a tough side to beat at home. We will go for the home side to salvage some pride in a score draw.

Prediction: Iceland 2 - 2 Switzerland

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  12 - 10
Shots on target: 10 - 6
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 47% - 53%

Ragnar Sigurdsson was booked for the home side in this one, with referee Andreas Ekberg also taking the names of Denis Zakaria and Fabian Schaer of Switzerland.

The first half was very scrappy here as defences came out on top. Both sides were struggling to play through the centre of the park as play repeatedly broke down. The best of the chances there were largely fell to Iceland. Gylfi Sigurdsson forcing Yvon Mvogo into a smart stop when blasting goal-wards from the edge of the area. 0-0 at the break though.

It was the Swiss who started with the greater purpose after the break, and it was they who took the lead in the 52nd minute. Granit Xhaka crossing from the left to find Haris Seferovic arriving at the back post. Seferovic planting his header over the keeper, off the underside of the crossbar and in.

Iceland did begin to push forward as the game became more open, With Mvogo pulling off another fine one handed stop to keep his side in front.

Then in the 67th minute the Swiss grabbed a second. A ball to the far post being played back in along the six yard box and flicked to the back post by Xherdan Shaqiri. Michael Lang the man on hand to finish from point blank range with the goal gaping.

Iceland did get a goal back in the 81st minute, and it was a cracker. Alfred Finnbogason advancing towards goal, slightly to the right before firing a 25 yard effort into the top left corner. Fine strike. That's as good as it got for Iceland though and it was the Swiss who picked up the three points.



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