England vs Iceland Euro 2016 Game Preview
Euro 2016 England vs Iceland Betting Lines & Analysis
By Matt Pitt
It has been 50 years since England won their last tournament, which also happens to be their only win, when they secured the 1966 World Cup. Many believe this current England team is the most talented of all time so represents the Three Lions’ best chance of winning another trophy.
England progressed from Group B in second place, behind Wales, after two draws and a win, the win coming against table-topping Wales.
The English have made 65 chances during those three group games, yet have only managed to find the back of the net three times, and that needs to change soon because it is goals that win you games in soccer.
Roy Hodgson, England’s manager, says that it is only a matter of time before a team is given a real hiding by his boys, and this could be the game to do it in. England go into the game against Iceland as -188 favorites compared to +800 for the smallest nation to qualify for any European Championships.
Bookies believe there will be two goals in this game as the over 1.5 goals market is -181 but the over 2.5 goals market is priced at +170. Likewise, a 1-0 England in is +375 and a 2-0 victory +480.
Tottenham forward Harry Kane is expected to return to the England starting line-up and he is +350 to score first and -111 to score at any time. Kane is due a goal, perhaps a brace, and this looks like a great bet to make.
Everyone is writing off Iceland’s chances of winning this game, but do not do the same too quickly. Iceland defend as a unit well, although their full backs are a weak link, and they have enough firepower to worry the shaky England defence.
Gylfi Sigurdsson plays in the English Premier League and is a threat at set pieces; he is +1200 to score first and +500 to score anytime. One Iceland player to watch is veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen who is likely to come on as a substitute. The +550 for him to score at any time looks good, particularly if the game is evenly poised in the latter stages.
Although not great value, the -188 on England to win the game in 90-minuntes looks like the best bet to make in this game. If England can score early, the +170 for over 2.5 goals also looks like it could yield value.
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