Wales v Iceland Preview

March 3, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea Preview International Friendly action Wednesday Night comes from the Cardiff City Stadium featuring Wales versus Iceland.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 4 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Wales v Iceland Preview, International, Wednesday 5th March 2014

Wales failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil later this summer having only managed to finish second bottom of their group and just 3pts above Macedonia FYR which came as a huge disappointment to all Welsh players and fans alike and now their focus will turn to qualification to the 2016 European Championship’s.

Wednesday night in the Cardiff City Stadium provides Wales manager Chris Coleman with a chance to see how the players he decideds to go with on the night do against Iceland who also failed to qualify for the World Cup this summer and a side that everyone in Wales will be quietly confident of beating, so it does seem extremely important for Chris Coleman to get his players up for this game and in the right frame of mind as although this game is just a friendly, victory could be just the tonic needed for this young Welsh squad believing that they can indeed qualify for the 2016 European Championship’s.

Iceland were very unfortunate not to have been on the plane to the World Cup in Brazil this summer as they did manage to finish in second position of their qualification group behind Switzerland, but were comfortably beaten in the knock out phase of the competition by Croatia 2-0 on aggregate and that will surely have been a huge disappointment to both their players and fans, but they will see this game on wednesday night as a real chance to get back to winning ways and will certainly fancy their chances of causing a bit of an upset.

Wales Team News:

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey will miss this game as he continues recovery from a thigh injury and this is obviously a major blow for manager Chris Coleman and his players, but the good news is that Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale will be available and looks likely to start the game and having already made a huge impact in the Spanish Primera La Liga this season since his world record transfer from Tottenham last summer, all Welsh fans around the country will no doubt be confident of seeing their side obtain the right result come wednesday night.

Manchester City midfielder Emyr Huws who is currently on loan with Birmingham City also looks likely to be involved having also impressed this season.

Iceland Team News:

Iceland manager Lars Lagerback has no reported injuries to his squad and has the luxury of being able to choose his strongest lineup available for this game.

Wales v Iceland Head to Head Statistics:

Wednesday night’s game at the Cardiff City Stadium will become the 7th meeting between the two nations over the years which has seen Wales win 4 (2 at the Cardiff City Stadium), Iceland win 1 (0 at the Cardiff City Stadium) and the remaining game having finished all square which also came at the Cardiff City Stadium.

28/05/08 FRI Iceland – Wales
0 : 1
30/04/91 FRI Wales – Iceland 1 : 0
13/11/84 WQE Wales – Iceland 2 : 1
11/09/84 WQE Iceland – Wales 1 : 0
14/10/81 WQE Wales – Iceland 2 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

14 Goals have been scored in the previous 6 matches between the two nation’s over the years which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.33.

8 of those Goals were scored in the previous 3 matches played at the Cardiff City Stadium which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.66.

Both average goals per game statistics suggest that this game on wednesday night should see at least a couple of goals scored.

Wales v Iceland Recent Form (Left to Right)

Wales: L L W D D

Iceland: W D D L L

The recent form statisics above show nothing between the two nation’s with each having won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2, but Wales do have the all important home advantage where Iceland have never won and head into this game unbeaten in their last 3, so Wales do have a slight advantage here.

Wales v Iceland Match Betting Odds Market

Wales have probably their best squad ever at the moment and many people feel that they will not get a better chance to qualify for a major tournament, so it will be important that Chris Coleman’s side get the right result here as the qualification to the 2016 European Championship’s are just around the corner and the online bookmakers are taking no chances here having the hosts priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at a best price of 11/10 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw has only happened once in the previous six meetings between the two nation’s so statistically speaking it does not look a likely outcome, however this is just a friendly match and with Wales missing a key player in Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale possibly unlikely to play a full 90mins, it could be worth getting something on the draw as your main saver bet here at a current best price of 13/5 with Sky Bet (£30 Free Bets for New Customers).

Iceland had much the better time of it during the World Cup qualification group stage and were very unlucky not to have made it to Brazil this summer, so it does surprise me a little to see the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 3/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) as this does seem a little overpriced in my honest opinion as we certainly can’t rule out Iceland causing a bit of a shock on wednesday night.

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Wales v Iceland Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Regardless of the online bookmakers having Wales priced up as the clear favourites to win this game on wednesday night, this is a lot more difficult than it looks as with Iceland having been extremely unluckly not to have been on the plane for this summers World Cup they will certainly be out for redemption, especially having lost their last two friendly matches and with Wales still very much in the building stage, I can definitely see a shock on the cards.

However, Wales do have an ace up their sleeves in the form of Gareth Bale and is the Real Madrid hitman does start this game and plays the whole 90mins then I would expect the hosts to win this game, but wether or not the Welsh Wizard does is anyone’s guess at the moment and until this has been established, the result of this match is very much up in the air.

Iceland have never beaten Wales on their own patch in the previous six meetings between the two countries and the atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium on wednesday night is certainly going to favour the hosts and with the average goals per game statistics suggesting this match to see at least a couple of goals scored, I am going to have to go with the hosts to win this match and just hope that Gareth Bale does play at least three-quarters of the game or more.

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