Iceland v France Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 11 October 2019

Close fought game expected in Iceland

IcelandIceland v FranceFrance
Friday 11th October 1945hrs
Football – International – Euro 2020 Qualifying
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Marathonbet
Odds: 47/50 (odds taken 1800 GMT, Wednesday 10 October)

1 X 2
109/20 13/4 53/100

* (Betting Odds were taken from 22Bet on October 10, 2019 at 18.00)

It’s still all to play for in Group H and there is a crucial game in Reykjavik on Friday. It’s third versus second as France look to stay at least three points ahead of Iceland with both teams three games left after this.

Euro 2020 Qualifying Betting at Marathonbet

Iceland Preview – Can Iceland bounce back from disappointing defeat last time out away to Albania?

Having made Euro 2016 and the World Cup finals two years later, Iceland have a taste for tournament football and will be looking to make it three in a row by reaching next summer’s showpiece. A group containing both the World Champions and an improving Turkey was never going to be easy. Throw in a dangerous Albanian team and it was always likely to be a battle for the top two positions. Now entering the final stretch and Iceland have four massive games ahead of them. This home game with France is pivotal considering they are three points behind that rival. Another home game, this time against Andorra a few days later will be an expected three points. Iceland then finish their campaign with a crunch away game in Turkey and then finishing off in Moldova.

Iceland have won four of their six games so far with defeats coming away to France (4-0) and Albania (4-2). It’s the latter of those defeats which could prove the most costly. Two late goals in that match meant they dropped behind both France and Turkey in this section and leaves them playing catch-up. The pick of their wins so far is the 2-1 win over Turkey. That was their third straight home victory in this campaign – a fourth would be so precious.

|France win/Under 2.5 goals

France Preview – Will World Champions make it four wins in a row and edge closer to qualification?

Nothing is every straightforward with France it seems. Despite being World Champions there always seems to be uncomfortable moments both in respect to individual games and campaigns as a whole. The biggest worry for them during this section was the 2-0 loss away to Turkey. One of their biggest rivals for qualification, it was a poor performance and one that leaves them needing pick up points here to stay in the top two. Since losing that game the French have set out to put it right, however. They have brushed Andorra aside 3-0 and 4-0 and thumped Albania 4-1 in between.

When the fixtures for this group came out the October double header was always likely to be the acid test for Didier Deschamps team. In addition to facing Iceland on Friday, France then clash with Turkey whom they’re level on points with coming into these games. They are two games who which are likely to go along way to determining who qualifies from this section. France will, of course, be looking for two wins but four points wouldn’t be the worst return. Moldova at home and Albania away complete their campaign and they are games where they will fancy themselves.

Key-Facts – Iceland v France

  • Iceland have won all three of their home games in this section but would be disappointed with the 4-2 loss in Albania last time out
  • France have recovered well after their sole defeat in this section, winning their next three games scoring 11 goals in the process
  • It was a comfortable 4-0 success for France the first time these teams met in this section

Iceland v France Betting Advice

After the romp it was for France in the first game, Iceland will be hoping they can show a truer reflection of themselves with home advantage on their side. Visiting teams rarely get an easy time of it here and their record backs that up in this section. Croatia, Belgium and Switzerland are the only nations to win in competitive visits in the last six years. Iceland will take hope from how Turkey were able to defeat France earlier in the campaign.
These two nations have scored goals aplenty in this section at times but this game has so much riding on it that it’s likely to be a more conservative approach from both. The French have kept four clean sheets in six games in this group. Iceland have managed three in the same number of games and will be keen to put up a better defensive showing having shipped four previously. Under 2.5 goals is the way to go here.