Let’s insist … a friendly match between Iceland and Qatar that takes place in Doha in the context of a series of friendlies that have faced Icelandic, Qatari and the Czech Republic.
In their previous clashes, both teams fell before the selection of the Czech Republic, which stands as winner of the “trophy” in the main. We already have a pick against Qatar for that game and that line we continue.
With regard to Qatar, and paraphrasing our analysis of the match against the Czech Republic team, it is presented with practically the gala team, a young group formed mostly by those who came out of the Qatar base football system (Aspyre Academy, etc.). ). This has allowed the small country of the Gulf to grow at the soccer level, to the point of reaching the final phase of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. However, there they received a bath of humility, being colist in a group with Iran, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Syria and China. The reality is that Qatar, although it has interesting players, such as Afif, is still far from the level intended for the World Cup. Therefore, there are a couple of steps below any European team of decent level.
And what do we have in front? A European team of decent level (or more). Iceland surprised both locals and strangers at the last European Championship with a spectacular performance. A selection that personally did not surprise me (there are several of continuous growth), but that it did to the world of football in general. This led, from my point of view, to overvalue the island, so their recent performance (something more mediocre, despite reaching the World Cup) has disappointed some (I do not know what they expected). For this reason, we sometimes see interesting quotas in favor of the Icelandic square, like this one we have for the confrontation against Qatar. Practically, Iceland is presented with the gala team (he has no other), with the only casualties on the attack front with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Bodvarsson, the two starting forwards.
Against another selection, it could weigh much the loss of the forwards, but the defensive level (and especially of the Qatari goal) is very low. Iceland should take the match against Qatar and I am sure that the quotas in favor of the Scandinavians will come down.
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