Gary | Wed 29/06/2016 - 11:24 EDT

Iceland vs France Euro 2016 Quarterfinal Pre-Game Analysis

Iceland vs France Euro 2016 Quarterfinal Pre-Game Analysis
Host nation France take on Iceland at the Stade de France on July 3 in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. France are huge favorites, but can Iceland cause yet another upset?

Euro 2016 Quarterfinal Betting Lines & Prediction

By Matt Pitt

Antoine Griezmann

France go into their quarter-final clash with Iceland as overwhelming -227 favorites compared to the +900 of Iceland, showing how one-sided online sports betting sites expect this fixture to be.

On paper, France should roll Iceland over with ease, but as Iceland have shown in their win over England in the Round of 16, soccer does not always work like that.

The French have looked solid without being spectacular, getting the job done in each of their Euro 2016 games so far. They had to come from behind to beat Republic of Ireland in the Round of 16, which showed the squad has good character about them.

France are without Adil Rami and N’Golo Kante for the Iceland clash after both picked up their second yellow cards of the tournament, while exciting 20-year-old Kingsley Coman is doubtful after taking a knock.

Antoine Griezmann is the tournament’s joint top scorer with three goals to date, and he is +400 to score first against Iceland, and +170 to score at any time. Strike partner Olivier Giroud is +350 to open the scoring and +140 to find the back of the net at any point.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson

Iceland, as a country, may only have a population of around 330,000 inhabitants, yet they are pulling up trees in this tournament.

Their commitment to winning, and their unrivalled team spirit has seen them not only progress from the group stages with draws against Portugal and Hungary, and a win over Austria, but they also beat England 2-1 in the Round of 16 to send the Three Lions home.

That game against England typified the Icelandic team spirit. While they have no global superstars on their books, they were the first to every loose ball, defended as a unit, and attacked with pace and finesse.

While it is unlikely that betting the +900 on an Iceland win will yield any profit, you can bet your bottom dollar that Iceland will make it as difficult as possible for the French, meaning the +360 on the game being level after 90-minutes does have some value.

If you fancy Iceland to score first, the shortest price of their players is Kolbeinn Sigthorsson at +1100 with him +350 to score at any point.

That said, a 2-0 France win is available at +480 while the France/France double result at +110 is also a good bet considering Iceland have only kept one clean sheet in their past 10 games.

Watch This Video Of Antoine Griezmann Showcasing His Skills

Category : Sports Betting News

Leave a comment
More articles...
Sports Betting News - 22/08/19
US Open 2019 Betting Odds: Can Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic Defend Their Crowns? 
The world's best tennis players are once again headed to New York! That's right: The 2019 US Open is upon us, and it remains littered with rock-solid betting opportunities. Last year's champions, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, enter as No. 1 seeds in their field. Will they repeat as champs? Let's parse the betting field!
Read this article 
Sports Betting News - 13/08/19
NFL Futures: Odds and Predictions for Super Bowl Champion and League MVP 
The 2019 NFL regular season already looks like it'll be a dramatic affair. The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots enter as odds-on favorites, but the league's pecking order is fluid. The Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and so many others are knocking on the championship door. Should the Patriots actually be favorites? And what's the best MVP bet? Let's get into it now.
Read this article 
Sports Betting News - 07/08/19
UFC 241: Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic II Betting Odds and Predictions 
Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic II is a rematch everyone has been waiting on for more than a year—ever since Cormier beat Miocic last July. But they aren't the only big fight on UFC 241's dance card. Chief among the others: Anthony Pettis vs. Nate Diaz. Let's take a look at the latest odds and suss out the best bets across the board.
Read this article 
Sports Betting News - 23/07/19
UFC 240 Betting Odds: Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar Lines and Picks 
UFC 240 is going to be a busy affair, and it will all be centered around the much-anticipated battle between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. Though Holloway enters as the overwhelming favorite, some think Edgar stands a chance. Who should you bet on? We've got you covered for this fight, along with the other four most important bouts.
Read this article