Free World Cup Pick: Croatia vs Iceland
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Croatia vs. Iceland
Date: Tuesday, June 26th
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia
World Cup Moneyline Odds: Croatia +135, Iceland +215, Draw +230
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With a couple of wins Croatia has already punched their ticket to the next round. That means that even though they do not want to sacrifice any momentum they also have the opportunity to play this one pretty cool and perhaps switch up their lineup, if they are so inclined. Iceland absolutely needs a win but I think they will already know the results of other group match so they might know exactly what they need down the to last goal.
Even though Croatia is super recognizable thanks to their classic checkerboard look they are not one of the established European powers, though they may be changing that perception quickly. By beating Argentina they garnered a lot of attention and this game is a chance for them to take a breath. They should still probably win though.
Croatia is known more for aggressive, attacking football than for playing it cool so I don’t think that will change. It will be hard to be as opportunistic against Iceland but I still think that is the strategy they will employ. More likely they deploy a lineup that gives some of their most important players a break though.
Iceland is definitely a fan favourite. They are the smallest nation in the World Cup and their run up the FIFA rankings didn’t make them a contender but it did mean that they are not a joke either. A draw against Argentina confirmed it but the loss to Nigeria has made advancing to the knockout stage precarious at best.
Coming into the tournament Iceland knew it would be hard pressed to score goals. They got one against Argentina and it gained them a draw but against Nigeria they were not able to get on the scoreboard. Now they cannot afford a draw and they are going to have to outscore a team with more striking talent. It is a tall order…really they have to get up early and hope the Croatians lose discipline.
One of the hardest thing to do in sports is to play against your natural tendencies…especially when they are so important to your success. Iceland has been hardwired to play for an opponent to make that one mistake but now they are going to have to be even more mindful on turning things quickly. I think they can do it…but wanting it is not the same thing as executing. Would love to be in that pregame convo the coach has with the fans for this one.
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Interesting line for this one as Croatia should probably be a more significant favourite based on the results they have posted thus far. Are they being priced at a discount because the of the situation? Is Iceland getting more credit than they really deserve. There is more in play than the quality of the two teams.
Even more so than most matches this one will really depend on that first goal. I think Croatia might really slow things down if they get on top early given, any kind of a win secures the Group and they are likely to want to test their players in terms of playing that holding style, especially those that have not seen as much international action.
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The draw is really appealing too because that is how so many Iceland games finish but in this one I think it comes down to whether you think Iceland is going to take full advantage of their opportunities. I am not saying they can’t but everything I have seen points to Croatia winning, and at a pretty nice price too.
World Cup Free Score Prediction: Croatia 2 – Iceland 1
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