The UEFA Nations League party continues, and we've been invited to Switzerland tonight.
"Switzerland are incredibly consistent on home soil, and Iceland have lost five of their last seven matches."
Switzerland v Iceland
Saturday 08 September, 17:00
Live on Sky Sports Football
Icemen to melt in St Gallen
An exercise in frustration last night, as Romania dominated their game against Montenegro, played against ten men in the closing stages, but still couldn't secure a winner. A goalless draw did them and us no favours.
We hope to bounce back in Switzerland, because after a solid World Cup (they reached the last 16), the hosts hope to stay on the front foot with a win against Iceland in the Nations League.
The Swiss have become incredibly consistent under coach Vladimir Petkovic. In the World Cup qualifiers, they won nine of their ten matches, with their only defeat (a loss in Portugal) sending them into the playoffs. They have lost just two of their last 21 games in all competitions, and they have won 15 of those encounters. On home soil they have won eight of their last nine matches.
Iceland have had an extraordinary purple patch, reaching both the World Cup and Euro 2016. They now face a critical point in their development, as coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Halgrimsson have both moved on. Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren is now at the helm, and having won titles in Denmark, Sweden and Norway his cv is very impressive.
Hamren is without several key players, including captain Aron Gunnarsson, striker Alfred Finnbogason and Burnley star Johann Berg Gudmundsson. It's also worth noting that Iceland have lost five of their last seven games, and they have been beaten in five of their last six meetings with this evening's opponents.
I'll back the hosts -1.0 on the Asian Handicap at [2.11], so that if the Swiss win by more than one goal, we get an odds-against winner.
Points Staked: 132
Points Returned: 139.57
P/L: +7.57 points