Poor defensive record is a worry for Iceland
Ghana can take advantage
From 1.10pm Thursday
Iceland produced some shock results at Euro 2016 and the minnows, who face Ghana (9pm) in their final warm-up game fixture before the finals, will need to upset the odds again if they are to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup.
They are 13-10 to beat the Black Stars but they are 10-1 shots for their first assignment in Russia, a Group C clash with Argentina.
With Croatia and Nigeria also in a competitive section, Iceland are 12-1 to top the group and 3-1 to qualify for the last 16.
Their recent friendly results don’t bode well for another memorable tournament run – in March they lost 3-0 to Mexico and 3-1 to Peru while they shipped another three goals in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Norway.
Ghana enjoyed themselves against World Cup qualifiers Japan last time out, beating the Samurai Blue 2-0, and they should be similarly positive against Iceland.
They have failed to score only twice in their last 11 outings and over 2.5 goals looks worth a small bet at 11-8.
South Korea are 20-1 to win a group containing Germany, Mexico and Sweden but their prospects for a friendly win over Bolivia in Austria look far more healthy, at odds of 2-5.
Argentina have cancelled Saturday’s friendly fixture against Israel in Jerusalem due to security concerns over political protests.
The Albiceleste, who are training in Barcelona, are 10-1 to win the World Cup and 11-2 not to qualify for the last 16.
World Cup hosts Russia will kick off their campaign on a seven-match winless run after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Turkey.
Russia are 2-5 to get back to winning ways when it matters in the opening game of the tournament against Saudi Arabia and they are 9-5 to top Group A, with Uruguay 10-11 favourites.
Over 2.5 goals in Iceland v Ghana
1pt 11-8 Hills, Sky Bet
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