Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Iceland will be aiming to record first win of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign when they take on Liechtenstein at Rheinpark Stadion. The Icelanders are on a seven-game losing run in all competitions, but keep in mind that they played their last five international games away from home. Arnar Vidarsson’s troops will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways, and we are positive that they will prove their worth on the field.
Everton ace Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is expecting his first child with his wife, continues to miss out for the visitors. Liechtenstein, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to North Macedonia, and even though the visitors will be without their key player in Wednesday’s qualifier, away win should be considered. Liechtenstein midfielder Nicolas Hasler is likely to miss the game through injury.
Highlighted Player (Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson):
Runar Ale Runarsson is a professional footballer who plays for The Iceland National team and French club Dijon FCO. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Alex joined the local club's youth academy in 2012, at the age of seven. On the 25th of July, 2013, Alex made his professional debut, featuring in Reykjavik's 3-1 loss to Standard Liege in a Europa League qualifier match.
After that, he made just three additional appearances for his hometown club before leaving to join FC Nordsjaelland's youth academy in January 2014. In his four years at Nordsjaelland, the 6ft tall goalkeeper made 62 appearances and won the 17/18 player of the season award. In July 2018, Alex joined his current club Dijon FCO on a four-year deal worth 1.6 million euros.
At the International level, the 24-year-old has formerly represented Iceland at every youth level. He was called up to the senior squad for the 2017 China cup. He won his first cap, however, in a friendly against the Czech Republic on the 9th of November, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.