World champions France host Iceland in friendly action before the mouthwatering Nations League battle with Germany next week. Les Bleus are understandably still buoyant from their summer success and go in search of an eighth win from their last ten matches. Meanwhile, the visitors have struggled post Russia and sit third in Group 2 behind Switzerland and Belgium.
Where and when: Stade Municipal de Roudourou – 11 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see France vs. Iceland: Sky Sports Mix
Last time: Les Bleus thrashed Iceland 5-2 when the nations met in the last eight of EURO 2016. Olivier Giroud bagged a brace while Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet also got in on the act.
|Over 2.5 goals||2/1||Offer|
|Iceland to win 2-0||125/1||Offer|
|France to win 3-0||6/1||Offer|
France vs. Ukraine Predictions and Preview
Didier Deschamps will be without World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti after the Barcelona defender sustained a serious knee injury while playing for the Spanish giants. Umtiti is expected to be out for a number of months with Kurt Zouma called up in his place. Aside from this enforced change, France are expected to go with the same line-up that delivered world glory in Russia with Giroud, Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe comprising the front three.
Mbappe, who is still a teenager for another two months, hit four goals in 13 minutes for club side PSG before the international break and is 15/4 to score first. The wonderkid is a generational talent and a Ballon d’Or winner in waiting. Compatriot Ousmane Dembele has also made a good start to the campaign, finally showing the form which earned him a big money move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund.
The electric winger will get a run out in the second-half and is 7/5 to strike anytime. Manchester United record buy Paul Pogba will be looking to put his club troubles behind him while with Les Bleus. The midfielder’s strained relationship with boss Jose Mourinho has been well documented and Pogba is visibly more comfortable playing for his country. Pogba is 15/2 to open proceedings while France are 1/5 to chalk up another win.
Travelling party Iceland are 16/1 to shock France with Gylfi Sigurdsson the obvious threat. The Everton playmaker took a season to fully settle at Goodison Park but is now back to his best and currently averages a goal every other league game for the English club. Sigurdsson, a renowned threat from free-kicks, is an attractive 17/1 to register first.
One to watch for France: Payet surprisingly missed out on a World Cup berth but is back in the mix after impressing for Marseille this campaign. The gifted midfielder is 13/2 to net last.
One to watch for Iceland: Alfred Finnbogason. The Augsburg hitman has four goals from just two Bundesliga appearances this term and is 15/1 to get on the scoresheet anytime during the 90 minutes.
Long shot: Germany’s struggles in Russia will not have gone unnoticed by Deschamps and the challenge is for France to keep improving and avoid any complacency. Les Bleus have a youthful squad that could conceivably play together for the next six-eight years and they have justifiably been instilled as the favourites to win EURO 2020. A resounding 4-0 success is 9/1.