Our football match prediction:
After impressing at the 2016 European Championship finals Iceland continued with terrific performances in the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Thanks to a routine 2-0 win over Kosovo the Icelanders booked their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia and they are certainly high on confidence ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Czech Republic. Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we predict that they will go for a win against Karel Jarolim’s troops. Czech Republic, on the other hand, failed to impress in their World Cup qualifying group, with the team finishing the process in third place in Group C. The Czechs are ready for a new beginning and there is every chance coach Karel Jarolim will use Wednesday’s football game against Iceland to test as many players as possible. The hosts want to prepare for the next year’s tournament in the best possible way and home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Aron Gunnarsson):
Aron Gunnarsson started his youth career at Akureyri and after making 11 appearances for the senior team, he joined AZ Alkmaar in 2006. The midfielder, who was born on 22 April, 1988, was not happy at AZ as he played no more than one game for the Dutch outfit in two seasons and, as a result, he decided to leave the club on 17 June, 2008. The Icelandic footballer signed a three-year deal with Coventry City and it has to be noted that he scored 6 goals in 123 league appearances for the English club. On 8 July, 2011, he joined Cardiff City on a free transfer and he made 45 appearances for the Welsh outfit in the 2014/2015 Championship campaign, scoring four goals for the club. Aron Gunnarson, though, played just 28 games for the Bluebirds in the 2015/2016 season and you should have in mind that he netted two goals for the team in the league. Gunnarson represented Iceland at the 2016 Euro finals and he made his 64th appearance for the national team at the tournament in France.
Highlighted Team (Czech Republic):
Czech Republic national team is the natural successor of the Czechoslovakia side that dominated world football during the 20th century, winning one European Championship trophy and coming second at 1934 and 1962 World Cups. After the separation of the country in 1992, Czech Republic continued the proud tradition by qualifying for each of the next six European Championship finals, losing to Germany in the final of the 1996 tournament. The Czechs also reached the last eight at the 2012 finals, but their World Cup record of late is pretty disappointing. Since separating from Slovakia, Czech Republic only qualified for one of five World Cup finals. The 1996 generation, featuring players like Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Patrik Berger, will forever remained etched in the fans’ memory, while the likes of Milan Baros, Jan Koller, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky are some of the other notable footballers. Highly rated goalkeeper Petr Cech is the team’s most capped player, whereas towering forward Jan Koller tops the goalscoring charts with 55 strikes in 91 games.