France v Iceland Preview

July 2, 2016 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEuro 2016 Quarter Final action on Sunday comes from the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and features France versus Iceland.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on ITV High Definition with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

France v Iceland Preview, Euro 2016, Quarter Final 3rd July 2016

France head into this game having done ok so far during this tournament, I wouldn’t say that they have set the world alight by any means, but they have managed to get the job done and do have some very exciting young players that can win big games and it will be interesting to see how they cope with the counter attack system that their opponents will play during this match.

Iceland are now firmly on the map as if anyone didn’t know where Iceland was in the world, their dramatic last 16 victory against England has certainly made everyone aware of this small country. The big question that everyone is discussing at the moment is can their fairytale continue ?

I think it can as I was very impressed at with the way they put England to the sword in the last round and despite having gone a goal behind, they never gave up and fought all the way to the final whistle in a game that they deserved to win.

France Team News:

France will be without the services of Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante and Adil Rami for this game as they both serve a suspension. Kingsley Coman is a major doubt having picked up an injury in the game against the Republic of Ireland, but other than these the hosts otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

Iceland Team News:

Iceland have no reported injuries or suspensions to their squad and as such their manager will probably stick with the same starting eleven that beat England 2-1 last time out. Aron Gunnarson has overcame a back problem and looks set to feature and his long throwins that led to his side scoring the equaliser against England will once again be a worry for the France back four to contend with.

France v Iceland Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s match from Stade de France in Saint-Denis will become the 12th meeting between the two nations over recent years and as we can see from our head to head statistics table below, it has been France who have dominated the results having won four times, compared to Iceland having won none and the remaining match having finished all square.

27/05/12 FRI France – Iceland 2 : 0
09/10/99 ECQ France – Iceland 3 : 2
05/09/98 ECQ Iceland – France
1 : 1
20/11/91 ECQ France – Iceland 3 : 1
05/09/90 ECQ Iceland – France 1 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

38 Goals have been scored during those previous 11 matches played between the two nations and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 3.45 which suggests we should see a few goals scored in this game and total match goals 2 or 3 looks a great choice.

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France v Iceland Recent Form (Left to Right)

France: W W W D W

Iceland: W D D W W

France have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics heading into this game as they have managed four wins and one draw during their previous five matches played, compared to Iceland who have won three and drawn two of their previous five matches played.

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France v Iceland Match Betting Odds Market

France are the clear odds on favourites to win this game on Sunday night, but they do look a bit on the short side with their current best price available of 4/9 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an Account as they haven’t been that impressive so far during this tournament.

The Draw is a current best price of 18/5 with BetFred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account and could be the value play here as I can definitely see Iceland possibly forcing this match to go into extra time.

Iceland will not be fancied to win this game, but they weren’t fancied to beat England either and with the way the team is playing their current odds on offer of 17/2 with BetVictor – Receive £25 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account does also look good value.

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France v Iceland Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This tournament has had a habit of throwing up the unexpected as with Wales having eliminated a strong looking Belgium side on Friday night Iceland will obviously fancy their chances of winning this game and emulating their historic display against England last time out.

France do look a strong side and on paper they definitely have the better squad, but as we have seen countless amounts of time now during the last few weeks, having a good side doesn’t mean your going to win games and for me this quarter final tie is wide open.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Both Teams to Score as with the France back four not looking entirely solid I do think Iceland can score in this game. I also expect the tournament hosts to get at least one as well and with players like Payet, Pogba and Griezmann, Iceland will need to be at their very best if they are to stay in this tournament.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip will be for the exciting young talent who is Paul Pogba to open up the goalscoring of this game as although he has not really produced what we all know he can yet in this tournament, he is a very good finisher in front of goal and he looks good value to be on here.

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