Iceland vs. Romania 10/8/20 Euro Cup Qualification Playoffs Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
10/8/20 2:45 pm
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Iceland is welcoming Romania to Laugardalsvollur in the semifinals of the Euro Cup Qualification Playoffs.
Iceland is a good defensive team, but pretty much only against the weaker teams in Europe. At the start of the Nations League, Iceland was playing against England and Belgium, and they have lost both of those games. During this stretch, Iceland has conceded 6 goals while scoring only 1 goal. In their latest match against Belgium on the road, Iceland has had only 26% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 71% of the correct passes. Not many teams can play against Belgium, and neither does Iceland. Despite getting ahead in the 10th minute, Iceland conceded 5 goals after that, and they ended up losing this match 5-1. Sigthorsson and Bjarnason are the leading goalscorer for Iceland with 3 goals each, while Ragnar Sigurdsson and Gyfli Sigurdsson added 2 goals each. There are no injuries for Iceland at this time. I think Iceland has a good chance to qualify for the Euro Cup next year because there are no super strong teams in these playoffs, and as long as they are playing strong defense, and solid offense, I could see Iceland in the Euro Cup next year.
Romania has had some good games in the Euro Cup qualifications last year, but not enough for them to qualify for the Euro Cup, which is why Romania is playing in the qualification playoffs. Romania hasn’t lost any of their last two games in the Nations League, and they have scored 4 goals in those games while conceding 3 goals. Keseru is the leading goalscorer for Romania with 6 goals in the Euro Cup qualifications, while Puscas added 5 goals. There are no injuries or suspensions in Romania as of right now. In their last match in the Nations League against Austria on the road, Romania has had only 37% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and low 65% of the correct passes. Romania got ahead early, in the 3rd minute, but Austria tied the score in the 17th minute. In the 51st and 69th minute, Romania has scored 2 goals, and they were suddenly 2 goals ahead despite being the weaker team on the field. Austria was able to score one more goal until the end, but Romania has won this match 2-3. Romania is improving, and they are playing solid soccer, and I think Iceland is the perfect opponent for them because they will not be under constant pressure, and they will be able to create some chances in the attacking end.
Iceland and Romania have never played against each other in the past, but because Romania is playing a good offense, and their defense is inconsistent, I will pick something on goals here.