Second meets third in EURO 2020 qualifying as Iceland battle visitors France. The World Champions sit below group H leaders Turkey having lost 2-0 to the Crescent-Stars in June, but can extend their advantage over the home nation on the night to six points with a win.
Where and when: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík – 11 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Iceland vs. France: Sky Sports
Last time: The countries met in the reverse fixture in March with Les Bleus running out comfortable 4-0 winners. Samuel Umtiti, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann all got in on the act.
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Iceland v France Predictions and Preview
Iceland would have been level on points with their opponents on Friday night were it not for a lacklustre display in their most recent qualifier against Albania. Erik Hamrén’s men lost 4-2, and need to take something from the clash with Didier Deschamps’ stars to keep their automatic hopes alive.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the standout name in the Iceland camp and has 21 international goals to his name. The Everton playmaker, a renowned dead-ball specialist, is 9/2 to net anytime and France should be wary of the technically gifted midfielder.
Meanwhile, striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who has a mightily impressive 25 from 52 appearances, is an attractive 12/1 to open proceedings. Iceland are 9/1 to emerge triumphant and 16/5 to claim a share of the spoils.
Les Bleus are likely to start with Giroud, Griezmann and Mbappe. The three attackers have had contrasting starts to their respective club seasons with Chelsea ace Giroud struggling for game time. The ex-Arsenal man has played second fiddle to youngster Tammy Abraham but remains a vital member of Deschamps’ line-up.
Giroud is 13/10 to strike anytime, while Griezmann, who has yet to fully settle at Barcelona, is 11/8 in the same betting. Mbappe is the favourite to score first, priced at 10/3 and will feature from a wide right role.
Les Bleus will be without Paul Pogba as the midfielder continues to recover from injury and Tanguy Ndombele is expected to come in. France are 4/11 to make it six wins from seven qualifiers.
One to watch for Iceland: Burnley’s Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson is a sqaud veteran despite only being 28. The tricky winger will go at Lucas Digne and is 11/1 to register anytime.
One to watch for France: Les Bleus are blessed with forward options and Kingsley Coman is likely to have to settle, initially, for a spot on the bench. The Bayern Munich speedster is 7/1 to score last.
Long shot: France average over three goals per match while Iceland have also hit double figures from their six ties to date. Statistically, the hosts perform better on home soil, and will need to be at their very best to stop Les Bleus running riot. A 2-2 final score is 22/1.