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EURO 2016 - England v Iceland - MATCH PREVIEW

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England will have one eye on the quarter-finals and one eye on avoiding an upset against Iceland in the round of 16 in Euro 2016. This knockout match will be played at the Allianz Riviera on Monday, June 27.

For many supporters, this is an English side that can go all the way. Roy Hodgson has brought one of the youngest squads of the tournament to France but is not short of quality options. They had troubles against Wales and it showed in the final result – a loss – but they were still in control of their own destiny before the match against Slovakia. But as is their wont, England flattered to deceive and drew the match. The result pushed them into second position in the group and landed them the tougher side of the knockout draw.

There is a section of England fans who believe that Iceland is the best thing to happen to them. But any such optimism should take the growing credentials of Iceland into consideration. They may be the smallest nation to qualify for the tournament but Iceland played with grit in all the games thus far. With a system that stifles the opposition, Iceland is one of the most difficult teams to break down which should signify the magnitude of the task that awaits England. Moving past England is definitely not beyond this Iceland team and on current form isn’t a difficult task for Iceland.

England v Iceland - Betting advice

England have a very good recent record with just one loss in their last nine encounters. The goalless draw against Slovakia was the only time they did not score a goal during this period. Iceland are unbeaten in the Euros so far and have just one loss from their last six matches.

England scored at least one goal in each of their last eight games while conceding in six of those. Iceland too boast of a good scoring form scoring in all of their 12 previous encounters but kept only two clean sheets in their last 14 matches. Don’t be surprised if there are goals from either sides in this encounter.

Last time these two sides met was way back in 2004 with a 6-1 score in favor of the English side. England will definitely start favorites in this match but don’t count Iceland out in creating another sensation.

Both sides to score a goal in the game is a safe bet.

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