Iceland vs France Predictions and Betting Preview, 11 Oct 2019

The Match Is Over. Score: 0-1
Iceland are the hosts in a qualifiers match knowing full well that a spot in Euro 2020 is within their sights. However, they have a mountain to climb in the form of reigning world champions - France. Do Erik Hamren’s boys have what it takes to upstage the champions?
Match status: Euro 2020 Qualification - Group H
Venue: Laugardalsvöllur (Reykjavík)

Iceland v France Team News

The home side has been outstanding in this campaign. Punching above their weight, they sit 3rd behind surprise leaders Turkey and France and with only 2 losses in the last 9 games, Erik Hamren’s boys surely have their eyes set on the continental stage. The manager rued his side’s missed chances against Albania, a probable campaign decider which they lost 4-2, and he will be looking to improve his side. With very little between the top sides in this group, any points against the visiting French side will be pivotal in securing a place in the European competition.

Among their key strengths is their home form and their tried and true fans have every reason to believe. Iceland have not lost a single game at home in the group matches and the fans rally behind their side who are the underdogs in this fixture. The Nordic nation will be counting on defender Ragnar Sigurdsson to come up with the goods as he has done before, scoring twice and providing one assist in the previous 3 home games.

For the visiting side who are favourites in this clash, things are not so rosy in the camp. The French side are plagued with injuries and will be missing key players in this encounter. Les Blues are in a crisis of sorts. Captain and first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be sidelined as well as Paul Pogba and Kylian M’bappe.

Eyes will be on the world champions to prove themselves after a humbling loss to surprise group leaders Turkey earlier in their group matches. Didier Deschamps is definitely up to the task after guiding the side to glory in Russia 2018. Even with a depleted squad, the depth and talent in the side is unquestionable. France are scoring effortlessly having put in 19 goals past 6 matches whilst conceding only 4 goals. They are a side with quick fluid movements, potent on the counter-attack and hungry for success.

Injured or Suspended Players:

Iceland will not be missing out notable names. while Les Blues’ list is laden with Paul Pobga, Hugo Lloris and Kylian M’bappe all set to miss this clash with some doubts in the return fixture against Turkey as well.

Head-to-Head Record: Iceland v France

Euro 2020 Qualifiers
France 4-0 Iceland

2018 Friendly International
France 2-2 Iceland

Euro 2016 Quarter-finals
France 5-2 Iceland

2012 Friendly International
France 3-2 Iceland

Iceland v France: Pre-Match Odds:

Iceland - 7.70
Draw - 4.70
France - 1.47

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Iceland vs France Predictions

The Icelanders will be looking to capitalise on the French woes and draw inspiration from their decent home performances. The French are wary of this and might sit back to take control of the game in the early stages. Expect early action from the visitors with an outstanding attack led by marquee forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman.

The home side will probably not hold up against a full-scale French onslaught and the reigning champions will continue to reign. The fixture is also destined to be a high scoring affair.
Main Match Predictions:
Over 2.5 @ 1.96
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Correct Score:
Iceland 1-2 France @ 8.00
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