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World Cup semi-finalists Belgium take the next step in seeking to establish themselves as a major European force with a Nations League visit to Reykjavik where they face an Iceland side which some feel may have hit its high-water mark and begun its descent. While Iceland vs Belgium betting tips for today will reflect that sense, it needs to be remembered that the hosts’ recent record at the Laugardalsvollur has been incredibly solid, and “bigger” sides than Belgium have come unstuck here.

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11. September 2018 | 19:45
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Iceland (+2)
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Lukaku to score both halves
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Betway have odds of 5/6 on the hosts “winning” with a +2 start in the handicap market, and given that this means any single-goal defeat will be good enough, those may just be the Iceland vs Belgium best odds you’ll find. They are, after all, unbeaten there in competitive matches since 2013. If you’re feeling braver than that, pick the draw in the 1X2 market, which has odds of 4/1 that may have been influenced by Iceland’s poor result in the last match. A longer-odds punt which offers obvious value comes in the form of backing Romelu Lukaku to score in both halves. Belgium are a constant threat on the attack, and the Manchester United forward can score at any time.

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Lukaku to score both halves
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Iceland vs Belgium Betting Tips: Form Guide

Iceland Frozen Out By The Swiss

The biggest story of World Cup qualification was the achievement of Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side in qualifying as group winners ahead of Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine, and once there, the tiny island nation continued their story by holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their first game. However, this would be followed by a 2-0 loss at the hands of Nigeria, and when Croatia gained revenge for the qualifying campaign by defeating Strakamir Okkar 2-1, the latest chapter in what has been a stunning story was ended. Following the elimination, Hallgrimsson stood down, to be replaced by former Sweden coach Erik Hamren.

If Hallgrimsson, and before him Lars Lagerback, are the heroes of Iceland’s recent past, then Hamren is faced with the unenviable task of merely continuing their competitive achievement against nations with far more money and – unavoidably – much bigger pools of players from which to choose. It’s a task that has begun badly, as Iceland were crushed 6-0 in their Nations League opener by Switzerland. In truth, Switzerland were excellent, guided on their way by Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri, but it’s worrying just how comprehensively Iceland were brushed aside, considering their recent record against the likes of England, Argentina and others.

Hamren – and a team of players including Gylfi Sigurdsson and Birkir Bjarnason – have at least an immediate chance to get back on their feet, but as Iceland vs Belgium match previews will point out, the national team is now the victim of its own success. Having performed to a consistent high level, they are now in a Nations League pool to match, with each game set to be a battle. This encounter, in front of their vocal home support, will say a lot about how ready Hamren’s Iceland are to meet this latest challenge.

Weight Of Expectation Is Belgium’s Biggest Issue

It was hard to predict how Belgium would deal with the tag of World Cup dark horses in the summer just passed. With players of the quality of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi to call upon, they were always going to be capable of beating top teams, but their defence was a worry. In the event, their performance in Russia was perhaps better than we had a right to expect of them – eliminated by the eventual winners, they took third place in the competition and knocked out favourites Brazil on their way. That oft-questioned defence didn’t let them down, either, in key games against the Brazilians or England.

The first game after the summer’s achievements saw a relatively soft landing for the Red Devils, as they travelled to face Scotland who, under Alex McLeish, have struggled to find any coherent shape. The ensuing 4-0 victory was something of a cakewalk, shocking errors from the home side donating at least two of the goals to attackers who really don’t need to be handed anything on a plate. Belgium made light of the absence through injury of de Bruyne – possibly the world’s best attacking midfielder – with Yuri Tielemans stepping into the XI and showing that there’s real depth there.

Of course, with Iceland vs Belgium betting tips for today favouring Roberto Martinez’s men so thoroughly, there is the danger now that Belgium will take their opponents lightly. If you do that against Scotland it will probably work out fine for you, but Iceland are not going to play as badly as they did against the Swiss twice in a row. Or are they?

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The Last Five Games

Iceland VS. Belgium

  • Iceland Form2 draws and 3 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Iceland Goals6 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Belgium Form4 wins and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Belgium Goals10 goals in the last 5 matches
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Iceland vs Belgium Preview: Recent Meetings

These sides have not met in a competitive fixture for more than 40 years, but they did face off in a Brussels friendly in 2014 – a game which featured many of the Belgian side likely to take the field tonight. The XI that starts in Reykjavik will not feature miss-enthusiast Christian Benteke, but otherwise Iceland will be facing many of the same players.

On that November evening, it was Belgium who emerged winners, by a margin of 3-1. Nicolas Lombaerts opened the scoring on 11 minutes, only to see visiting striker Alfred Finnbogasson equalise immediately. In the second half, Belgium introduced Lukaku and fellow striker Divock Origi, and both players got on the scoresheet – on 62 and 73 minutes respectively – as a Red Devils side then managed by Marc Wilmots secured an impressive win. The Icelandic XI that evening was itself missing some key players, so we’ll see what a more full-strength side can do on home soil this evening.

Iceland vs Belgium Prediction: Confident Away Win

Not backing Iceland to win, or even get a daring draw, against a top side can feel somewhat cruel. They’ve got much the same squad that performed so well in Euro 2016, and they are definitely still capable of pulling off an impressive result. With that said, they haven’t faced many top sides at the height of their powers over the years. Yes, they’ve beaten England and Holland, and drawn with Argentina in the last few years – but all of those sides sacked their coaches within a very short time of those results, after lengthy periods of poor performance in each case.

Belgium are a force to be reckoned with now, and while we wouldn’t go all in on assuming they’ll eviscerate this week’s opponents they way they did Scotland, we think they’ll have enough to get the result on the night. It will be narrow, in all likelihood, as Iceland will want to bounce back after a terrible weekend game. It may well be a win by a single goal, but we would still expect it to be a win for the visitors. Our Iceland vs Belgium prediction is an away win, but without the assists coming from out-of-their-depth midfielders who struggle to control a ball.

Thanks for reading this match preview, and please do keep coming back for more tips and hints on the upcoming fixtures in the Nations League, as well as the international friendlies and, as club football gets going across Europe, plenty of Premier League and other domestic action. We’ll have previews from a range of competitions right here on Betting.org.

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