Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Laugardalsvollur will host Saturday’s football game between Iceland and Moldova. The Icelanders aim to extend their winning run in Group H to three games and move one step closer to booking their place at yet another major tournament. Everton ace Gylfi Sigurdsson still plays the key role in Erik Hamren’s team and all eyes will be on the 29-year-old when the two teams face each other in Reykjavik on Saturday evening.
The Moldovans, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at Albania, but seeing that they have yet to break the deadlock on the travels, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match. A man to watch in the away team will be Cagliari midfielder Artur Ionita.
Highlighted Player (Alfred Finnbogason):
Born in Grindavik in 1989, Alfred Finnbogason is one of the most prolific strikers in the history of Icelandic football, as the well-travelled forward has been scoring goals for fun throughout his career. His talent was first spotted at Breidablik, where two very successful campaign helped him move to Lokeren, where he did not spent a lot of time and soon signed for Helsingborgs.
The return of 12 goals in 17 league outings for the Swedish giants soon secured him a move to Heerenveen, where he would go on to play the best football of his career, scoring remarkable 53 goals in 65 Eredivisie matches. Finnbogason somewhat struggled during spells with Real Sociedad and Olympiakos, but managed to kick-start his career at Augsburg, just in time to help Iceland on their first ever European championship appearance.
The prolific striker has been a member of the country’s national team since 2010, making over 30 appearances and scoring quite a few goals despite the fact that he was not always considered a first team regular.
Highlighted Team (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.