Iceland – Ghana FREE PICKS
Iceland and Ghana meet at Laugardalsvöllur, in a friendly match. This is the 5th friendly of the year for Iceland, after friendlies against Norway, Peru, Mexico and Indonesia. In the case of Ghana, this is their 2nd friendly of the year, after the previous friendly against Japan. This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. The Ghana presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The team of the house disputes its 5th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following markers: Iceland (2-3) Norway, Iceland (1-3) Peru, Mexico (3-0) Iceland and Indonesia (1-4) Iceland.This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 27 goals scored and 15 conceded. In the last 10 home matches Iceland has won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. The team has not been very strong defensively, having suffered goals in the last 4 matches, but their attack has scored regularity, as they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 9 of the last 10 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Icelandic team comes to this match with a slight offense against Norway, by 2-3, totaling in this way the third snub followed in friendly preparation matches: the goals of the team were marked by Finnbagason and Sigurdsson. It is important to underline that the Icelanders will be present at the 2018 World Cup. In this home game, coach Heimir Hallgrímsson must act in 4-4-2, but with a defensive strategy, since the opponent has a quality template higher. It is important to note that the Icelandic team has some offensive and defensive gaps. On an individual level we highlight the offensive midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, a very competent player in the offensive process. Everything indicates that the coach has the usual players at his disposal.
This is the 2º friendly of the year of the visiting team, after the friendly one against Japan, that finished with the final result: Japan (0-2) Ghana. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 11 conceded. In the last 10 away matches Ghana has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. Defensive consistency has not been their best, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored with regularity, as they scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
The selection of Ghana leaves for this party with a victory against Japan, by 0-2, adding of this form the fifth followed encounter without losing in several competitions: the goals of the triumph were marked by Partey and Boateng. In this match against Iceland, coach Kwesi Appiah must play in the usual 4-3-3, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. In some moments of the match the team must lower the block and bet on passes in depth. To emphasize that the Ghanaians present great competition in the counterattack. For this game the coach has all the players at his disposal.
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