Today sees the third and penultimate quarter-final and it looks like it’ll be a cracker – Iceland’s Trapped take on England’s Happy Valley. Happy Valley is one of the seeded teams, but Trapped burst onto the scene earlier this year and qualified handsomely. It beat out The Fall in the group stages, and now takes on a show that won easily in its group. All to play for!
Let’s recap yesterday’s second quarter-final, which saw Sweden’s The Bridge take on the Czech Republic’s The Lens. No surprises here and there was only one winner:
The Bridge 95%
The Lens 5%
That means our first semi-final line-up is complete: Spiral (France) v The Bridge (Sweden).
Now onto today’s game…
REPRESENTING ICELAND: TRAPPED
Form guide:This newcomer has really burst onto the scene this year with some eye-catching and breathtaking performances in qualifying. A strong central partnership between the hulking Andri Olafsson (surely a physical match for anyone) and Hinrika Kristjánsdóttir (driven and skilful) make this show one to watch. If there’s a weak spot in the team it’s Ásgeir Þórarinsson, who occasionally suffers from lapses in concentration. Still, Trapped’s players have been schooled in fierce, harsh conditions and Olafsson’s physical presence alone, allied to the guile and determination of Kristjánsdóttir, might make them one to watch.
REPRESENTING ENGLAND: HAPPY VALLEY
Form guide: A tricky selection this, with plenty of others showing strong form and pushing their case for representation (Line Of Duty can feel particularly hard done by, for instance). In the end, Sally Wainwright’s tale of northern noir won out. It features a strong central striker in Cawood – an old-fashioned number-nine targetwoman, if you like – who likes to out it about a bit and get results anyway she can. More often than not she achieves what she sets out to do, thanks to a bloody-minded streak. It’s not just Cawood though – there’s an impressive supporting cast, especially Cawood’s sister Clare Cartwright. Happy Valley will be relying on this familial relationship to score points on the field.
This is going to be a tight one, so who’s it going to be? VOTE NOW!
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