Iceland vs France - 11/10/2019 Preview

Iceland vs France should be one of the most thrilling games of Euro 2020 qualification in Group H, which will be held at Laugardalsvöllur stadium, in Reykjavík. Iceland still has chances to take place for qualification as they are only 3 points away from Turkey (1st) and France (2nd). Moreover, still, 4 games in front and Iceland showing really strong form so far. Read our thoughts about this interesting Euro 2020 qualification Iceland vs France confrontation, here below.

Iceland

FIFA Rating – 41

Iceland had a very bad row of winning crisis. They couldn’t win in 15 matches in different competitions since March of the 2018 year until the match against Andorra in March of 2019 yar. At the moment, looks like they found their football and now have big chances to take qualification place in Group H if they overtake France or Turkey in the last 4 games. Most of Iceland national team players have been playing for them very much games. Only several members played less than 20 games. However, most of them played more than 50. We absolutely confident than this squad is one of the most experienced ones.

Only two players came from Iceland Championship. Lots of them came from Russia, England and Germany. We can find them playing in very respected teams like Malmo, Augsburg, AIK, CSKA Moscow, Brondby, Dijon, Burnley and even Everton. In the last 6 games of Euro 2020, they collected 12 points and lost twice against France and Albania. However, they already snatched 3 important points from Turkey.  Of course, France are strongest Group favourites, however, we can see Turkey standing at the first place waiting for the biggest confrontations in front against France and Iceland. These games can strongly change the situation in Standings.

Predicted Iceland line-up

Head Coach

Erik Hamrén;

Squad

Goalkeepers

Hannes Þór Halldórsson;

Defenders

Hjörtur Hermannsson, Hörður Björgvin Magnússon, Ragnar Sigurðsson, Ari Freyr Skúlason;

Midfielders

Gylfi Sigurðsson, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Arnór Ingvi Traustason, Arnór Sigurðsson;

Strikers

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, Alfreð Finnbogason;

France

FIFA Rating – 2

The second place of the FIFA Rating and World Cup recent champions fighting for the 1st place in Euro 2020 qualification. Knowing how dangerous could be Iceland, France needs to be prepared to face very physically strong opponents. During this qualification, France already lost 3 points playing against Turkey. They failed to even score in this game and Tuks won with 2:0 result playing at Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium, in Konya. In 6 recent games, the national team of France scored 19 and conceded only 4 goals. Of course, they are strong favourites of Group H, however, the desire of Turkey and Iceland will obviously do not give them relax until the end of qualification.

Facing Iceland in Reykjavik will be a difficult challenge. Most of Iceland players are very physically strong and will try to dominate on set pieces creating dangerous moments with headers. France has very talented and interesting players from super clubs, however, they will play without their main leader Mbappe. Moreover, several other players have no playing experience during the beginning of the season like Thomas Lemar or Olivier Giroud. We see them facing troubles in this game.

Predicted France line-up

Head Coach

Didier Deschamps;

Squad

Goalkeepers

Steve Mandanda;

Defenders

Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Lucas Digne;

Midfielders

Kingsley Coman, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante, Corentin Tolisso, Tanguy Ndombele;

Strikers

Antoine Griezman

Iceland vs France H2H

This year, France already won over Iceland with 4:0 result at Stade de France, in Paris – Saint-Denis. Previously, playing since 1990 until the 2018 year both teams scored in games, however, France was better in each match.

 

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