Euro 2016 Quarterfinals: Iceland Keeps the Dream Alive Against FrancePublished July 3, 2016 by Florin P
Main favorites and underdogs meet at Stade de France (8:00 p.m UK Time).
Days after England voted to leave the European Union, their national team followed suit and left Euro 2016. It was one of the most shocking results at this tournament, with Iceland playing the role of executioner. The small Nordic nation brilliantly rebounded after conceding an early goal from a penalty and scored twice in a matter of minutes. They now take on the home side and a favorite to lift the trophy.
Testing Times for Iceland
Punters and pundits have frequently underestimated Iceland and they paid the price. It is no coincidence that they eliminated England after avoiding defeat throughout the group stage and finishing second, ahead of Portugal. This is the same team that defeated the Netherlands both at home and on the road, to qualify from the first position.
A quick glance at their roster will highlight the fact that they’ve got a healthy mix of offensive and defensive players. Their strikers are playing for top European teams and have accumulated enough experience in strong championships. They sent a lot of shots at the opposing net and are not afraid of physical football, unlike French players.
An Entire Country Watching the National Team
France will benefit from the support of tens of thousands of fans, but this is a double-edged sword. They have amazing attackers, all capable of scoring goals, but none of them stood out from the crowd. Griezmann was the savior against Republic of Ireland after scoring twice in the second half. In all fairness, the team put itself between a rock and a hard spot and was lucky to qualify.
Punters are tempted to side with the home team, counting on Iceland to succumb under pressure. While it’s very likely for them to finally lose a match, it’s hard to believe that will go down without a fight. That’s why punters should take the bet365 Sports odds of 7/10 on Iceland not to lose by two goals or more.