Euro 2016, quarterfinal: France v Iceland – Preview and betting tips
Venue: Stade De France
Date: Sunday, July 3
The last quarterfinal of Euro 2016 has France taking on Iceland. The home side will be hoping there is no upset against the underdogs to ensure a place in the semi-final.
Without a doubt, Iceland’s journey has been the biggest story of the tournament. Neutrals spectators will clearly be rooting for the minnows in this high-profile game.
Les Blue beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 to win a place in the quarterfinal. Iceland stunned England 2-1 to set up a date with the hosts.
Didier Deschamps will be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante for this fixture. Adil Rami too is suspended, while exciting young star Kingsley Coman is a doubt too. Iceland have a fully fit squad at their disposal for the most important football match in their nation’s history.
The two teams have played on 11 occasions, France won 8 and three matches did not produce any result. Plenty of goals have been scored when the two sides met recently. France won both games 3-2.
The French have a solid record on home soil in major tournaments. They have won 14 and drawn 2 of their last 16 games. Also, their defense has done a good job in this campaign. Both goals conceded by France came from the penalty spot.
Iceland have scored in all their Euro 2016. Interestingly, different players have scored all their goals. The manager has opted to start with the same set of players in all their games so far.
Possible starting line-ups:
France XI: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Matuidi, Kanté, Pogba; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet
Iceland XI: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R. Sigurdsson, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, G. Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Sigborsson, Bodvarsson
France 2-0 Iceland
Under 2.5 goals in match
Paul Pogba to score