The world champion is doing the honor! For the French national team is on Monday evening in Group H of the European Championship qualification 2020, the next compulsory task on the program. After the team of Didier Deschamps on Friday night easily started with a 4-1 away win in Moldova, is now being bagged in front of home crowd against Iceland, the next threesome.
Football Betting Prediction France vs Iceland
Nevertheless, the star ensemble from the “Grande Nation” should not take the guest from the northwest of Europe lightly, after all, it was the Icelanders, who in a 2-0 win in a friendly match last October in a friendly five minutes before the end the champions were ahead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Perhaps this experience from the recent direct duel is one reason for a match against France on Monday. Iceland is more likely to make a cautious prediction, although the difference in quality, coupled with the fact that the “Equipe Tricolore” in a competitive match will most likely present very differently, of course, speaks a clear language. Maybe it takes again until the second half before Griezmann, Mbappé and Co. find a solution against the defensively strong islanders …
France – Statistics & Current Form
For the French national team qualification for the EURO 2020 began relatively easily. In Moldova, the World Champion was logically acted as a big favorite and this role also fair. Already at halftime the “Equipe Tricolore” was with goals of Griezmann, Varane and Giroud sovereign with 3: 0 forward. Kyliab Mbappé finally marked the 4-0 in the final phase. The last five minutes would have run from the point of view of the world championship coach Didier Deschamps, however, otherwise, because after the aforementioned hit the PSG attacker, the French acted in minute 87 actually made a completely unnecessary goal from nowhere. But that was not all: In injury time Mbappé made for the sad climax of a one-sided game when he was in 1 vs. 1. 1 against the Moldovan keeper in the best “Andreas Möller manner” took off and wanted to provoke a penalty. For this clumsy and especially unsportsmanlike Schwalben action the youngster saw the yellow card and reaped in the social media a lot of ridicule.
On Monday evening is the current world rankings second immediately the next mandatory task in front of the chest. At the Stade de France in Paris, the reigning World Champion will then be involved with Iceland. While no one doubts that “Les Bleus” may be having trouble qualifying for the European Championship finals in the coming year, it will be important for the favorites to come into the match with the right attitude. Compared to the Moldovan match, the French are expecting a more compact opponent this time, who, especially in the early stages, are counting on not conceding an early goal. Consequently, it may take patience to finally put the combative strong opponents from the island state in the barriers. Should it actually happen, it probably lends itself to the game France vs. Iceland hinted that Deschamps would score more goals in the second half than in the first 45 minutes. In four of the most recent five home games would have gone through a corresponding bet, as the French often do in the first round, difficult to leverage a deep defense. Once the ban has been broken, however, the “Equipe Tricolore” with Mbappé, Griezmann and Co. has outstanding counter-players who can drive up a supposedly close result – late in the match – even higher.
In terms of personnel, both the French and the FC Bayern officials are once again worried about winger Kingsley Coman. The injury-prone 22-year-old is currently suffering from back problems, so Didier Deschamps take no chances and will let Coman out on Monday. Otherwise, only a few changes can be expected in the starting eleven. The basic structure is the same as at the World Cup. Only Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar or Nabil Fekir could slip on the left-wing side for Blaise Matuidi in the team.
Expected formation of France:
↳ Lloris – Kurzawa, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard – Kante, Pogba – Lemar (Matuidi), Griezmann, Mbappé – Giroud
↳ Coach: Deschamps
Last matches of France:
⚽ 22.03.2019 – Moldova vs France 1: 4 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽ 20.11.2018 – France vs. Uruguay 1: 0 (friendly)
⚽ 16.11.2018 – Holland vs France 2: 0 (Nations League)
⚽ 16.10.2018 – France vs Germany 2: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 11.10.2018 – France vs. Iceland 2: 2 (friendly)
Iceland – Statistics & Current Form
The Icelandic national team is currently working on the next football fairy tale. In 2016, the selection of the small island state for the first time could qualify for a European Championship finals and there immediately cause a sensation. Iceland reached sensational the quarter-finals and lost there against the eventual finalists and today’s world champions 2-5. Almost more impressive than the cut, however, was the way the bearded young men performed and how the traveling fans created a sense of humor. Since the summer of 2016 at the latest, the team, which is now ranked 38th in the world rankings, is in full swing. Who thought, by the way, that the surprise qualification for the EURO 2016 would remain a fluke of the day, was deceived only two years later, because in 2018 the Icelanders also qualified for the World Cup for the first time. Certainly we do not lean too far out of the window when we say that the current national team is the “Golden Generation”. In this respect, it is hardly surprising that the Hamren protected have self-confidently set the goal of also solving the ticket for the EURO 2020.
However, the endeavor will not be easy, after all, with France and Turkey, two nations have been included in the group, which have more quality on paper and are given better opportunities by the bookmakers. However, the Icelanders do not need to hide, especially as they have proven in the past not only once that they can usually “overperform” against significantly higher rated teams and make for a surprise coup. To kick off this qualifier, the Hamren team was on Friday no nakedness. In Andorra, the Icelandic won 2-0, but revealed some problems in the game with the ball. Since it can be assumed that the islanders on Monday evening have significantly less possession and focus instead on the defensive, speaks for the fact that in the not many goals fall in the first round, so at least our France vs. Iceland prediction, which also yields interesting odds. We are expecting a combative Icelandic team, but with continuous playing time we will have difficulties in keeping up with the fast pace of the “Grande Nation” star ensemble. Duels that are won in the first half could run in favor of the French in the second half, so between France and Iceland, the tip on more “Les Bleus” hit after the break has its charm. In purely statistical terms, this recommendation also seems to be well justified, because in three of the four Nations League games after the 2018 World Cup against Switzerland and Belgium, the game started at minute 46 in the direction of the alleged favorites. Iceland eventually dropped out and will have to start in Division B at the next edition – similar to Germany. The Swedish coach Hamren can draw on full on Monday and will probably send the same Elf on the square as in the aforementioned 2: 0 in Andorra.
Expected formation of Iceland:
↳ Halldorsson – Skulason, R. Sigurdsson, Arnason, Saevarsson – A. Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason, Gudmundsson – G. Sigurdsson – Finnbogason
↳ Coach: Hamren
Last matches from Iceland:
⚽ 22.03.2019 – Andorra Vs. Iceland 0: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽ 15.01.2019 – Iceland vs. Estonia 0: 0 (Non-FIFA Friendlies)
⚽ 11.01.2019 – Sweden vs. Iceland 2: 2 (Non-FIFA Friendlies)
⚽ 19.11.2018 – Qatar vs Iceland 2: 2 (friendly)
⚽ 15.11.2018 – Belgium vs. Iceland 2: 0 (Nations League)
France vs Iceland Direct Comparison
So far, there have been 13 encounters between France and Iceland. A tip on an outsider’s success would never have been successful. Nine French victories face four draws. Such a draw was also in October of last year, when the Icelanders sensationally led the World Cup in a test match 2-0 and in the final phase but still caught two goals. In the European Championship qualifiers the two nations met last in 1998/1999. Home won the “Equipe Tricolore” with 3: 2; away, it was only enough for a 1: 1. Will the Deschamps team get more problems than expected on Monday?
France vs Iceland Best Betting Predictions Explained
It is not really difficult to say that in the qualifying match between France and Iceland the betting odds for a simple home win of the favorite do not include any value. Surely the outsider role of the Icelanders is justified and yet the surprise EURO 2016 team – at least after the impressions of the last friendly match of these teams in October 2018 – definitely have some confidence. In order to make a suitable prediction in the match between France and Iceland, it is therefore advantageous to outline the possible course of the game.
Key Facts – France vs Iceland tips
↳ France does not always travel sovereignly after the World Cup
↳ Iceland conceded more goals in the second half
↳ In October 2018, the teams split 2: 2 – the French scored only in the final phase, the goals to equalize
We expect from the outset a defensive set Hamren Elf, which will primarily be careful to keep zero for as long as possible. France was not always in excellent shape after the World Cup triumph, so she needed a little more time to come into play. Finnbogasson, Sigurdsson and Co. were already in the League of Nations until half time with good, before they then broke physically and the duels no longer denied with the necessary consistency. We expect a similar course on Monday evening, so that between France and Iceland, a tip that Mbappé and Co. only turn up after the break and achieve more goals, holds interesting odds.
|Prediction of the Day||France more goals in 2nd HT|
|Bet Tips||Over 2.5 goals|
|Prediction Today||Under 2.5 goals|
|Betting Tips||Both teams to score/ YES|
|Betting Prediction||Both teams to score/ NO|