This Sunday sees an all-Scandinavian clash in the UEFA Nations League, as Iceland play host to Denmark in Reykjavik.
Both countries will be looking for their first Nations League win of the 2020-21 campaign, after both sides struggled against Belgium and England in September’s opening matches.
Iceland vs Denmark Head-to-Head
Iceland picked up a major win this week, edging out Romania 2-1 to set up a European Championship playoff with Hungary during November’s international break. If they can win that, they’ll be heading to their third major tournament in a row.
Denmark, meanwhile, reeled off a 4-0 win over minnows Faroe Islands earlier in the week in a friendly game. Their last competitive match was September’s dour draw with England in Copenhagen.
Unsurprisingly, Denmark have historically dominated games against Iceland. Their current record is 18 wins, three draws and no losses. Erik Hamren’s side will be hoping to change that this weekend.
Iceland form guide: W-W-L-L-W
Denmark form guide: W-D-L-D-W
Iceland vs Denmark Team News
Unlike during the previous international break, Iceland should be able to call upon a full-strength squad for this game. None of their players have withdrawn due to injury, meaning the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johan Berg Gudmundsson are available.
Iceland vs Denmark Predicted XI
Iceland predicted XI (4-4-2): Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Victor Palsson, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordur Magnusson, Johan Berg Gudmunsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Alfred Finnbogason, Gylfi Sigurdsson
Denmark predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Skov, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Martin Braithwaite, Christian Eriksen, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Yussuf Poulsen
Iceland vs Denmark Prediction
Denmark will need to be at their best to win this game, as Iceland have momentum on their side coming off their victory over Romania and are always going to be tough to break down.
The likes of Christian Eriksen, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Thomas Delaney should give them impetus up front, but their previous Nations League results weren’t exactly inspiring and the most likely result here is probably a draw.
Prediction: Iceland 1-1 DenmarkPublished 09 Oct 2020, 16:07 IST