Match Betting (1x2)

It would be a major surprise if France didn’t make an appearance at Euro 2020, with Les Bleus currently the world champions.

Didier Deschamps’ side head to Reykjavik in a strong position to qualify from Group H, with the French having won five of their six qualifying matches so far.

Ladbrokes make them a 4/9 chance to win this game against Iceland, with Deschamps able to call upon the nucleus of the squad that won the World Cup in 2018.

When the sides met in Saint-Denis in March, it was one-way traffic, with France steamrollering Iceland by a 4-0 scoreline, although the game could be closer considering the latter have home advantage.

Iceland have won all three home matches including a 2-1 victory over Turkey and you can get 7/1 with Unibet that they throw the group wide open by winning this clash.

Alternatively, a draw can be backed at 15/4 with Unibet and this outcome would keep the visitors on course for a fairly straightforward qualification.

First Goalscorer

Despite barely getting a kick for Chelsea this season, Olivier Giroud has made 93 appearances for his country and Paddy Power make him a 4/1 shot to score the opening goal of this match.

The 33-year-old might operate as the lone forward in the match, with Antoine Griezmann a more certain pick and the Barcelona star can be backed at 7/2 with William Hill to break the deadlock in this Euro 2020 qualifier.

Alfreð Finnbogason and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson are the two Iceland forwards who could be on the scoresheet and the former is generally a 10/1 to get his side off the mark in this match. The latter can be backed at a similar price.

Asian Handicap

Iceland can be fairly solid opponents at home and a lot of their qualifying success has been down to winning games in Reykjavik.

It certainly doesn’t represent an easy assignment for the French and we quite like the 4/6 about home team with a +1.5 goal handicap.

This would mean that Iceland could afford to lose the game by a single goal, with France looking to have a solid defence and be patient before scoring the winner.

You can also get 5/4 about Iceland +1 with the same firm and that would mean money back if they lost by a single goal, while you would win the bet if the game ended up as a draw or a home victory.

Alternatively, some will be reflecting on the fact that France did win that match 4-0 in Paris and they are available at 59/50 with a -1.5 goal handicap, meaning that Les Bleus would need to win by a two-goal margin or bigger.

For the really adventurous punters who fancy the world champions to win by a big scoreline, Unibet have 16/5 about the visitors off a handicap of -2.5 goals.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams haven’t scored in four of France’s six matches to date, with the “No” option on BTTS currently trading at 4/5 with BetVictor.

Some will feel as though Les Bleus will look to keep things tight against a team currently boasting a 100% record on home soil in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, although it should be noted that Iceland have scored in all their games at Rekyjavik.

You can back both teams to score at 11/10 with William Hill and we prefer this option considering that Iceland can ill-afford to lose the match, while France nearly always find the net thanks to their quality in the attacking department.

Over / Under Goals

The bookies are sitting on the fence with their goals quote and you can get similar prices about Over 2.5 Goals and Under 2.5 Goals. The Over quote is chalked up at 10/11 with William Hill and we saw this cop when a 4-0 scoreline occurred in Paris when these sides last took to the field.

On the flip side, Iceland don’t tend to concede as many at home, although there’s a nagging doubt that the team have been punching above their weight in international football for several years and are now struggling to qualify for major tournaments.

Therefore, Over 3.5 Goals could be an interesting bet at 9/4 with William Hill, with France potentially able to run riot if they get their noses in front early.

Correct Score

A French 1-0 victory is trading at 11/2 with BetVictor and Deschamps is often a pragmatic manager who wants to get the job done in these type of games rather than play flamboyant football.

You can get 8/1 with the same firm that France triumph by a 2-1 scoreline, while a repeat of that 4-0 win is available at a huge 19/1 if you think that the favourites will overpower a team who have been known to crumble in recent games.


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