Moldova vs. Iceland – Prediction (EURO Qualification – 17.11.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

With matters of progression settled in this Euro 2020 qualifying group, these sides play for pride alone. Despite putting up a brave fight against France in their last game, Moldova have now lost eight of nine Euro 2020 qualification fixtures, with each of their last two home outings ending 0-4 after a lost first half. Vadim Rață scored Moldova’s third goal of this qualifying campaign last time out, and only his nation’s second lead-taking goal. Overall, Moldova have won just once this calendar year (W1, L9) and have not drawn since their final outing of 2018. Notably, each of the last five matches in which Moldova avoided defeat came against sides ranked below #80 by FIFA, while they have scored just one goal in the last 622 minutes of play.

Moldova have conceded exactly four goals in three of their last four home games. Defensively astute, Iceland have not conceded a goal in 204 minutes of play. Referee Pavel Krávolec has shown 5.0 average bookings per-match across his last seven appointments.

The visitors, notably, have failed to win three of their last four away games vs lower-ranked nations (W1, D2, L1). If they are to remedy that, then history implies that they will need to be patient, with November 2014 marking the last time Iceland scored a first-half away goal in a Euro qualifier vs any group opponent not drawn from the lowest pot. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson assisted and scored either side of half-time in the reverse fixture (3-0). Each of his last 13 scoring appearances (club & country) have come during matches producing over 2.5 total goals. Though that is somewhat alarming, Iceland are at least reasonably well-disciplined, with a current average of just 1.11 bookings per-match. Moreover, the opposition have received more bookings than Iceland in each of their last seven matches.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: EUROPE: Euro – Qualification.
Kick off: 17.11.2019, 19:45 UTC.
Venue: Stadionul Zimbru (Chişinău).

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