Vikingur Reykjavik vs Shamrock Rovers Prediction: Rovers can continue Icelandic dominance

 | Monday 8th July 2024, 17:25pm

Monday 8th July 2024, 17:25pm

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Tuesday night sees the beginning of the Champions League qualifying stages and Irish Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers will be looking to give themselves the advantage for the home second leg when they take on Vikingur Reykjavik in Iceland.

Read on for my Vikingur Reykjavik vs Shamrock Rovers prediction, as well as the latest team news and match odds.

Vikingur Reykjavik vs Shamrock Rovers Betting Tips

  • Shamrock Rovers to win to nil @ 6/1
  • Under 2.5 Goals @ 11/10

Vikingur claimed their seventh Icelandic top-flight title last season and they remain top of the pile in this campaign, with 10 wins and one defeat from their opening 14 league matches.

Shamrock have had a more testing time of things this season with Stephen Bradley's men 13 points behind pacesetters Shelbourne. However, they ended their two-game losing streak last time out and they will be hoping that their greater European experience can help them in this encounter

Football Odds

Team News

Vikingur boss Arnar Gunnlaugsson has no fresh injury concerns affecting his team selection and so a strong side is expected to be named for Tuesday's clash.

Helgi Gudjonsson and Danijel Djuric are the joint-top goalscorers in the Besta deild karla for Vikingur with six each and the two are likely to pose the major attacking threats.

Bradley will have as many as four first-team players missing for the game in Reykjavik, with Lee Grace, Neil Farrugia, Rory Gaffney and Sean Kavanagh all likely to miss out.

The good news for Rovers is that striker Johnny Kenny should be fit enough to feature and will be full of confidence after scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win over Dundalk last time out.

Vikingur Reykjavik vs Shamrock Rovers Odds

Home advantage sees Vikingur as 19/20 favourites to claim victory in this encounter, whereas Shamrock are 9/4 to take a lead back to Tallaght.

The draw provides odds of 5/2, while a winning bet in the over 2.5 goals market can be backed at 4/6.

Shamrock Rovers to win to nil @ 6/1

This will be Shamrock's 109th game in European competition and, despite rarely making it past the qualifying rounds, their previous continental experience should put them in good stead to claim victory in the first leg.

Rovers have faced two previous Icelandic teams and were comfortable victors against both, beating Fram (7-0 aggregate) and Stjarnan (2-0 aggregate). With clean sheets kept in all previous encounters with clubs from Iceland, as well as a shutout in their last fixture, they look a good bet to keep the hosts at bay.

Under 2.5 Goals @ 11/10

Shamrock's recent fixtures have rarely produced a glut of goals, with only one of their last seven matches producing three or more.

Six of their last 10 European matches have also produced no more than two converted strikes. Meanwhile, each of Vikingur's last six continental fixtures have seen winners in the under 2.5 goals market within 90 minutes and another could be on the cards on Tuesday.

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