I'VE never been great at remembering important dates. I know my kids birthdays and vaguely know which month Mrs Hull celebrates her annual moon-howling session but beyond that, I'm pretty useless.
There are exceptions though and Friday 26th April marks a very special day in the HullShaker household; a time of year for great celebration and teary-eyed reminiscing.. that's right – it's the return of Iceland's 2019 Urvalsdeild and I'm not too ashamed to say, I'll be like a dog with two dicks.
Much like our own top-flight domestic leagues, the Icelandic welcome starts with a ‘Super Cup' fixture between the Urvalsdeild winners and the current Icelandic Cup holders and it's a match that may well herald the new season with backing from the Nordic goal gods!
VALUR VS. STJARNAN (9.00pm):
I'm not quite sure how I came to fall in love with Icelandic football but the affair certainly started with finding some largely unexplored and smashing value years ago and, well, one thing led to another; the style of football, goal tallies, timing patterns, youth amalgamations and just the names of the teams and venues struck a chord.
So, for me at least, it's all eyes on Reykjavik's Vodafonevöllurinn Arena this evening and it's a game that sees the (more recently) mighty Valur take on the (more historically) mighty Stjarnan to stake a claim on the cup they have won for the last 3 successive years and an all-conquering 12 times – 5 times more than their nearest rivals Fram who did the business for me last night in a different Icelandic cup competition.
It's well worth looking at the H2H's between these two and it makes for very relevant reading with a healthy 25 games played out over a 10 year period of Reykjavik rivalry – the standout statistic is clear to see with 22 of those 25 matches seeing both sides netting!
Other interesting stats worth noting are the fact that around 60% have seen both sides scoring plus 3 or more goals; Valur netting at least a brace in 44% and the outcome after 90 minutes being a stalemate in 40% of those last 25 meetings.
Given their recent dominance, it's difficult not to side with Valur but it's also difficult to discount another market which has been uber-successful in the backing of both Valur's and Stjarnan's games in recent seasons and that's the corners angle!
- Both teams to score
- (4/6, bet365) 5 Points
- Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
- (1/1, bet365) 3 Points
- Both teams to score & over 11 corners
- (3.33/1, bet365 – betbuilder) 1 Point
Best of luck!