The European Championships 2020 qualification campaign continues with its second round of action this weekend with one of the favourites for the competition next year – France – playing host to outsiders Iceland. The world champions are strong favourites for this encounter.
Where and when: Stade de France, Paris – 25 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see France vs. Iceland: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: These two played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in November, with a late own goal and Kylian Mbappe penalty rescuing a draw for Les Bleus. France ran out 5-2 winners in their Euro 2016 clash.
|Iceland double chance||16/5||Offer|
|France to win both halves||13/8||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||15/8||Offer|
France vs. Iceland Predictions and Preview
France are still on a high from lifting the World Cup in Russia last summer but have enjoyed just three wins in six games since and did not reach the UEFA Nations League finals.
They are huge favourites to top Group H, which also contains Albania, Andorra, Moldova and Turkey, with Iceland also fancied to record a top two finish.
Now coached by Swede Erik Hamren, Iceland are on a wretched run of form – without a win in 15 games although they have drawn their last three matches in succession.
Unsurprisingly, France are heavy favourites for this encounter at odds of 1/5 with a Iceland victory priced at 12/1 and the draw available at 11/2.
These games usually contain lots of goals – 21 have flown in across the past four meetings between the two so over 3.5 goals at 15/8 appears a solid bet with over 4.5 at 9/2.
A ‘double chance’ on Iceland to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 16/5 while a France win/draw outcome is at 1/50.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 4/5 while France to win both halves is at 13/8.
One to watch for France: Kylian Mbappe is fastly establishing himself as one of the leading players in world football. He scored in his previous encounter against Iceland and has already netted 10 times for his nation.
One to watch for Iceland: Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason has 10 international goals to his name and has netted in each of Iceland’s previous two matches against France in which he has played.
Long shot: Iceland have failed to score in five of their last 10 outings including a 0-0 draw against Switzerland last time out. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 12/1.