ICE Vs ROM Fantasy Team Probable Playing 11 And Match Report: Iceland emerge as outright favourites to progress through from this semi-final.
For Iceland, today’s showdown against Romania is more than just a means to move one step closer towards Euro 2021. This fixture is also a chance for the country to record its first ever win against Romania in the footballing fraternity with the side having being putdown 4-0 in both of its encounters against Romania way back in 1998.
It’s an unsavoury record Iceland look all set to rewrite today. They are outright favourites for the impending fixture, a clash where their way superior brand of football and players see them being touted by many as clear winners even before the whistle has blown.
What also sees the narrative heavily swayed in Iceland’s favour is their remarkable record at home. The side has conceded the solitary first half goal in its last 12 home fixtures, a figure which alludes towards how the country has transformed its own soil into a venue few sides have wanted to visit.
ICE Vs ROM Fantasy Probable Winner
While Romania stand little chance of winning the first of two encounters between the two, the side does come into this clash in the wake of a win. The 3-2 triumph over Albania in the UEFA Nations League was one of the biggest results in the side’s career, a win which couldn’t have come at a more ideal time.
While that triumph will propel them and see them challenge Iceland, Romania stand little chance of winning this one. This is an Iceland side which finished just four points behind Turkey in its group, going unbeaten in its last three fixtures, a team set to trounce Romania today.
Probable Playing 11
- Vlad is set to be out of action for Romania pertaining to his current injury.
Kristinsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Ingason, A Sigurdsson, Skulason, Gunnarsson, G. Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, Finnbogason, Sigthorsson
Tatarusanu, Burca, Grigore, Tosca, Bancu, Cretu, Marin, Maxim, Deac, Keseru, Stanciu
Euro 2021 Qualification Round
Match: Iceland Vs Romania Semi-Finals
Date And Time: 9th October, Friday- 12:15am IST
Venue: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Top Goal Scorer
- Sigthorsson: 6 Goals
- Keseru: 6 Goals
Romania Vs Iceland: 4-0
The only way in which Romani can keep themselves alive in this fixture is by emerging from the outing with a reasonably low deficit. And its something they can pull off as well with Ciprian Tatarusanu having staved away a slew of shots across the course of the last year.
Iceland’s sensational defensive record at home paired with their clear edge over Romina sees them be overwhelming favourites for a cleansheet today. This is a side which has transformed its stadium into a bastion owing to its well versed and sound defence, one which has given the best countries in the world cold feet.
It sees us opt for a trio from the side, one made up Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson and Sverrir Ingi Ingason.
From being the mainstay of his side’s attack once to now not even being the best player in the Iceland setup, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s decline makes for sorry viewing. He’s gone off the boil, a player relegated to a mere substitute role at Everton.
For him, this Romania is just what he would have wanted to have faced. It’s a tie where he can rediscover his attacking touch, an encounter we envision him playing a crucial role for his country.
The vibrant and robust duo of Aron Gunnarsson and Johann Gudmundsson link up with him, two players capable of moving in tandem to manifest a sensational attacking show for their side.
Just the one pick for us from Norway meanwhile with Nicolae Stanciu finding a way in our side owing to his ability to transition the ball from defence to attack.
Scorer of 6 goals for his country, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson needed little deliberations before making a foray into our side. Romania will meanwhile be represented by 6 goal man Claudiu Keseru and George Puscas who has popped up with four goals for his side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
His 6 goals in Ireland’s last 11 home ties see Kolbeinn captain our side while Johann is the vice-captain.
Ciprian, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Sverrir, Gylfi, Stanciu, Johann, Aron, Puscas, Keseru, Kolbeinn
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