Iceland are in action for the first time since their historic World Cup qualification as they take on the Czech Republic in a friendly match at Doha’s Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on Wednesday.
Having become the smallest nation ever to reach the World Cup finals by sealing first place in their group last month, Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men are available at 6/4 (2.50) with dabblebet to maintain the feelgood factor with another victory in Qatar.
Meanwhile, the Narodak will not be heading to next summer’s competition after finishing behind Germany and Northern Ireland in their group, but are on offer at 9/5 (2.80) to come out on top in this one.
None of the five previous encounters between the sides have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.
Although they do boast something of a standout star in Gylfi Sigurdsson, Strakarnir okkar’s success over the past few years has been built on a strong team ethic and disciplined playing style.
Indeed, they secured their place in Russia despite scoring the fewest goals of any of the group winners in European qualification, hitting the net just 16 times in 10 fixtures.
This was largely due to a solid defence that let in only seven goals in those 10 qualifiers, conceding just once in the final five matches to help see off the challenge of runners-up Croatia.
That solitary goal came in a 1-0 defeat in Finland - the fourth time in five matches in which they have conceded that they have failed to get on the scoresheet themselves.
While they will therefore fancy their chances of keeping a clean sheet against a Czech side that struck just six times in eight qualifiers excluding the two versus San Marino, it is far from guaranteed that Hallgrimsson’s team will find the net at the other end.
All in all, odds of 3/4 (1.75) seem generous on no more than one team grabbing a goal for the 13th time in 14 fixtures for Iceland, and a third in four for Karel Jarolim’s outfit.