There have been a lot of tight games so far at the Women’s Euro 2017 and hopefully now in the second round of group stage matches, things will start to open up a bit. This is big action from Group C of the tournament and Iceland and Switzerland both lost their openers so have to come up with a response.
The loser of this one will be packing their bags early as qualification hopes will fly out of the window. So high pressure on both of these going into the game but it is Switzerland are edging favouritism at 17/13 to take the win in the game.
There haven’t been many meetings between these two nations, but from what little there is, it is in favour of Switzerland.
There is probably a bit more pressure riding on Switzerland going into this one though because their final group stage match comes against one of the tournament favourites, France while Iceland only have to go on to face a somewhat less stiff challenge of Austria. There are a huge three points at stake in this one.
Switzerland were bitterly disappointed after their 1-0 defeat against tournament debutants Austria in their opener. That won’t have been in their plans and now with France waiting for them after this, they have to come up with something in this game. Switzerland’s Lara Dicekenmann is worth a flutter in the anytime goalscorer market for 3/1 with bet365 because she does have a bit of prior scoring form against the Icelanders.
This is Switzerland’s debut Finals appearance in the Euro’s but they are ranked considerably higher than Austria, who they lost too. They are a couple of places above Iceland in the FIFA world rankings too but give up the experience to their rivals.
If Iceland could have held on for just another five minutes in their opener, they would have been celebrating a tremendous point. They were holding on to a 0-0 draw against the very strong and talented French outfit, but then Iceland conceded a penalty kick just a few minutes from the final whistle. Otherwise, that would have been huge for them.
Their best ever finish at the Women’s Euro’s was a quarter final berth back in 2013 so they have experience of grinding things out. Iceland were no mugs in qualification for the Finals, edging out Scotland to top spot in their group. They have the resilience to frustrate a lot of sides, will they do it against the Swiss?
Here is where this match gets interesting. Switzerland are up in the head to head against Iceland, having won four, lost one and drawn one. They beat them twice comfortably as recently as in the World Cup 2015 qualifiers and in the Algarve Cup in 2015 as well.
So that’s recent trending form with them and their only loss to Iceland came in a friendly. The Swiss are on a three match winning streak against Iceland though and each of those wins have been by a clean sheet.
Top Betting Tips
Because the Swiss have won their last three against Iceland without having conceding, Switzerland to win to nil screams value at 11/4 with Paddy Power. Also, given that Switzerland have won two of their last three against Iceland 2-0, another Switzerland 2-0 correct score is a 9/1 punt with the bookmaker as well. Iceland expended a tremendous amount of effort in their defensive display against France, which may come back to hurt them in this one.