Betting tips & preview: England – Iceland 27/6: The Three Lions want to reach the quarterfinal
The last game of the first round of the knock-out stage in this Euro 2016 tournament is played at Allianz Riviera in Nice.
England and Iceland are facing each other in the 1/8 final. The English team is huge favorites ahead of the game. The pressure is total on Roy Hodgson’s men.
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT, Monday 27 June
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice
Referee: Damir Skomina
Recent form (all competitions): DWDWWW
England’s tournament so far has been pretty good, with three straight games without losing.
England has just conceded two goals, but have only scored three times. To reach the next level, they have to involve their strikers a bit more. Harry Kane hasn’t really reached his full potential.
Adam Lallana is doubtful prior to this game, but Roy Hodgson can bring all the rest of his players to this match.
The question is whether or not England can cope with the pressure against Iceland, who has been really impressive in their defensive kind of play so far.
Recent form (all competitions): WDDWLW
Iceland’s tournament has been terrific so far. The Icelandic team has now reached the knock-out stage of an European championship for the first time ever, in their first ever Euro tournament.
The small country, with just 330 000 inhabitants, has produced a great squad who has impressed the whole Europe with their well-organized, determine and defensive kind of playing.
The coach Lars Lagerbäck, known from his years in the Swedish national team, has really succeed with his goal to build a strong unite in this Icelandic team.
However, Iceland is not full of individually strong players. Gylfi Sigurdsson, known from Premier League side Swansea, is the greatest shining star in this team. They have to win this game via solid defending and counter-attacks.
Please note that Lars Lagerbäck hasn’t lost one single game against England in his carrer. That is something to keep in mind prior to this game.
Iceland’s squad is fully fit. They can start the game with their eleven best players.
We believe that there just is one single way this game can play out. Iceland’s focus is on defending their own goal, trying to score goals via counter-attacks or set pieces.
That has proved to be a successful way of playing their games so far in this tournament and it was a playing-style that caused Cristiano Ronaldo to be very irritated when Portugal faced Iceland in the group stage.
England will have a lot of possession and will probably create some chances, even though Iceland is known for their tight and solid defending. We expect the main part of the game to be played at the Iceland half of the pitch.
Therefore, England should create a lot of corners. We put our money on England -4,5 corners (asian handicap) to 21/20 (2,05) at bet365.
|Betting tips:||England -4,5 corners (asian handicap)|
|Odds:||Fraction: 21/20 | Decimal: 2,05|
|Bookie:||Bet365 (£200 bonus)|
|Kick-off:||Monday 27 June 8.00pm GMT|