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Ukraine vs Iceland Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
25 March 2024, 14:56

In another play off match, Ukraine will meet with Iceland in Wroclaw, Poland to determine one of the last ticket holders to Germany this summer. The teams played their previous matches in a different fashion - while Iceland was superior over Israel (4-1), Ukraine saved the day for themselves in three minutes from 85th to 88th (2-1), as they were losing to Bosnia. Despite these differences, Ukraine is still considered as a favourite in the upcoming clash. This match will become the fifth match against the two, with both teams secured one win and had two draws in previous head to heads. 

Ukraine vs Iceland Preview 

Ukraine Preview

Ukraine extended its unbeaten streak for the fifth match after winning over Bosnia. Serhiy Rebrov’s team showed its resilience despite not the most convincing game - after the weak first half and conceded goal in the beginning of the second - Ukrainians managed to turn the game around in 3 minutes, pressing Bosnians until the last second. Such an ending of the match certainly left the team with a psychological upsurge and the active start of the match can be expected. Another push for the team is that coming to Germany will mark the fourth consecutive major European tournament for Ukraine.

Iceland Preview 

Iceland, while not being an obvious favourite against Israel, showed one of the team's best games in months, securing a comfortable 4-1 win. Åge Hareide emphasised that this was the best game of the Vikings under his leadership and he expects that this momentum will be continued throughout the upcoming match as well. After their remarkable run in 2016, Iceland was not among the showrunners in Europe, contemplating and attempting to push for generational change. If the team will make it to Germany, it will be only the second tournament since Euro 2016, in which Iceland will be a part of the final rounds. This gives an extra motivation for both team and Åge Hareide personally, as he sees himself as the best selection for this specific Iceland squad.

Betting Tips for Ukraine vs Iceland

Total Over 2.5

Despite the high stakes of the match, it is hard to expect the teams to keep a clean or dry match, with both not shining in defensive game. At the same time, the teams are not capable of sticking to total defence tactics relying solely on counterattacking. With this in mind, it is well-expected that there will be a productive match, with both fighting till the last minute. Ukraine vs. Iceland odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.05.

Artem Dovbyk to Score at Any Time

Artem Dovbyk was again on the scoresheet in the match against Bosnia, saving the day for Ukraine. With this goal, he has scored six in his last seven matches and is eager to keep this streak going. Surrounded by talented teammates as Mykhailo Mudryk and Olexandr Zinchenko will make it for him way easier to brace the net against Iceland. For this Ukraine vs. Iceland tip, Unibet gives 2.16.

Total Yellow Cards Under 4.5

Both Ukraine and Iceland are not known for excessively violent game, consequently, the teams do not receive a lot of yellow cards. Iceland saw less than 4 yellow cards in its last 5 out of 6 matches, while Ukraine had this statistic in the last 6 out of 7 games. The referee for the upcoming match, Clément Turpin, is not bloodthirsty as well, with an average of 3.5 yellow cards per game. Unibet gives 1.68 for this Ukraine vs Iceland prediction.

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