Euro Qualifications / Iceland vs France – It was perhaps not expect that the Group H will be so interesting since the French were regarded as absolute favourites to win the group bur for the time being they share the 1st place in the group with Turkey and have three points more than Iceland so it is clear that the match is very important for both teams. France outclassed the Icelanders in the first match by 4-0.
Game Iceland vs France begins 11.10.2019 at 20:45 CET
The Icelanders still have chance to reach the European Championship but the situation is not the most favourable for them. They can blame no one but themselves as they totally unexpectedly lost in the previous round to Albania away 4-2. With that Albania was back in the race and the Icelanders created a backlog of three points behind the leading duo. They suffered the first defeat in these qualifications in France but they triumphed in four following matches. It is encouraging sign that they won all three home matches although the French are the strongest rival in the Group H. They have problems with injuries of A. Gunnarrson and Magnusson, while Traustason and forward Sigthorsson could refresh the team.
Probable lineups Iceland: Halldorsson – Hermannsson, Arnason, R. Sigurdsson, Skulason – Gudmundsson, Sigurjonsson, Bjarnason, Traustason – G. Sigurdsson – Sigthorsson
The reigning champions of the world will shape their fate in these qualifications in next two matches. It was expected that the French will easier qualify for the European Championship, however, they lost away to Turkey and that was in fact the only bad result so far. Turkey won by 2-0 and it was especially bad since the French failed to score a single goal, although they were rather efficient in all other matches. They scored 19 goals in total and they won all five matches without a hiccup. The French are not complete for this match and goalkeeper Lloris, defender L. Hernandez, right back Dubois, midfielder Fekir and forward Mbappe are not in the team, which is why there will be scores of new names in the starting line-up.
Probable lineups France: Areola – Pavard, Varane, Lenglet, Digne – Kante, Tolisso – Ikone, Griezmann, Coman – Ben Yedder
Betting Pick: Iceland vs France
Iceland is definitely not harmless and especially when playing at home but France it the reigning champion of the world and despite all problems they have with the team we believe that are capable to win this away match and put a foot in the door of the European Championship.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 France
Odds: 1.79 at betsson (down to 1.69 can be played)
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