England vs Iceland Preview

November 17, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

England will round off their second UEFA Nations League campaign on Wednesday evening as they renew pleasantries with Iceland at Wembley Stadium.

The Three Lions conclude their group campaign aiming to at least finish second in the group having missed out on a place at the tournament’s finals following their 2-0 defeat to Belgium last time out. Meanwhile, Iceland have had a disastrous campaign thus far having lost all of their five matches so will be aiming to at least get on the board against the Three Lions.

The last time the two sides met, there wasn’t too much difference between them despite Gareth Southgate’s men being much more favoured to earn three points. They managed to do that in the end thanks to an extremely late penalty from Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling. The hosts are at odds as narrow as 1/6 with William Hill to win again, with Erik Hamren’s men sitting at a price of 14/1 to break their run of four consecutive losses and earn a shock victory. A draw can be backed at 11/2.

One problem that these two sides have had throughout the duration of the current Nations League campaign is their respective lack of goals. They have only scored three each in five matches which is an uninspiring total. Under 1.5 goals to be scored in this game currently sits at a price of 7/2 with Betfair.

One aspect that does however play into the hosts’ hands is Iceland’s extremely leaky defence, having conceded 13 goals in the Nations League already. Meanwhile, the Three Lions are averaging two goals per game at Wembley Stadium throughout 2020. A 2-0 win for England then could be a clever bet at 9/2 with Paddy Power.

The hosts will have to do that without a number of key players, with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson having been ruled out. The two join an ever-growing list of players unavailable. Ben Chilwell was also withdrawn in the first-half against Belgium with a problem. However, skipper Harry Kane remains fit and is at 2/1 with Betfred to net the opening goal of the game.

For the visitors, Hordur Magnusson is ruled out for the trip due to suspension, whilst the likes of Ragnar Sigurdsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are set to miss the game. This means that Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who scored the winning goal against the Three Lions at Euro 2016, is the most fancied to score the opener from an Icelandic perspective at 14/1.

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