France Vs Iceland Soccer Odds Analysis

Posted by Eric Williams on July 1, 2016 in

Every team that heads to a major tournament does so with some level of pressure placed upon them. For some, that pressure intensifies the deeper they go into the tournament, but for a select few, the pressure is removed completely, leaving them free to really have a go without fear of losing. We will be getting one such match-up this weekend at Euro 2016, with hosts France taking on the magnificent minnows from Iceland. France came into this tournament as one of the betting odds favorites, while Iceland were not really expected to get out of the group stage. While France have been winning, they have looked nervous as times, and that may be something that the plucking Iceland team can take advantage of. Iceland will be coming into this game as massive underdogs, but that doesn’t really matter anymore, as they have more than earned the respect of football fans from all over the world. This game is set for Sunday afternoon in Saint-Denis, so let’s take a look to see how it all might play out.

France Vs Iceland Soccer Odds Analysis

When: Sunday, July 3 at 3 PM EST
Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
EURO 2016 Odds: TBA



Why bet on France

There have been a few times during this tournament when the French have looked as though the pressure has been too much for them to handle. They have had to rely on late goals and comebacks to win, and while it’s not the ideal way to play every game, it does have to be said that they are finding a way to win. We all expected this French team to have some real flair, but it also looks as though they have a little smattering of grit and determination, too. That was on full display in the Round of 16, when they went a goal down early to Ireland, but showed enough composure to pull it out of the fire with 2 second half goals from Antoine Griezmann. There is a good chance they are going to have to show their gritty side once again when playing a tough Iceland side.

Why bet on Iceland

The soccer world has fallen in love with Iceland at this tournament, and for good reason. This is a team whose coaching staff have other jobs to work, and who have somehow managed to excel after it looked as though their international football federation was on the brink of financial collapse a few years back. It’s an incredible story, and one that the people of Iceland are buying into. 8% of the population is in France for the tournament, and some 99.8% of TV sets in Iceland where tuned to the Round of 16 game where they amazingly managed to beat England 2-1. Do they have one more surprise up their sleeves?


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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

As good as Iceland were against England, it also has to be said that they were playing against a team that looked disinterested and devoid of ideas. That is not likely to be the case with France, and I believe Iceland’s improbable run in about to come to a close.

France 3 Iceland 1