Iceland v England Nations League Betting Tips
After reaching the Nations League Finals in 2019, England restart their campaign with a trip to Iceland. This is the first international action in almost a year for the Three Lions, with Gareth Southgate bringing some fresh faces into his squad. For the latest football betting odds for the Nations League, make sure to bet online with Bet UK. You can also find live in-play betting odds during all matches. Head over to our promotions page for the latest free bets and offers available.
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Iceland’s Recent Form
What To Expect From Iceland
Ever since Euro 2016, we’ve come to expect solid, defensive play from Iceland. They exploded onto the international scene at that tournament, eventually reaching the quarter finals. They then went on to qualify for their first World Cup in 2018 and have thrived ever since. It’s a golden age for Iceland and the fact that their squad has managed to stay pretty much the same is a huge advantage. However, influential midfielders Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have both opted against playing for their country. Both players wanted to instead focus on their club careers ahead of the Premier League season. In their place, Iceland have opted for a younger midfield, with 3 21 year olds and uncapped 18 year old Andri Baldursson making the cut. Given what we’ve seen from Iceland, you can expect hard work across the pitch and a difficult game for any side they come up against.
Goalkeepers: Hannes Þór Halldórsson (Valur), Ögmundur Kristinsson (Olympiacos), Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (Dijon), Patrik Gunnarsson (Brentford)
Defenders: Kári Árnason Víkingur (Reykjavík), Ari Freyr Skúlason (Oostende), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (PAOK), Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (CSKA Moscow), Jón Guðni Fjóluson (Unattached), Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (Levski Sofia), Hjörtur Hermannsson (Brøndby), Alfons Sampsted (Bodø/Glimt)
Midfielders: Birkir Bjarnason (Brescia), Emil Hallfreðsson (Unattached), Arnór Ingvi (Traustason Malmö), Victor Pálsson (Darmstadt 98), Arnór Sigurðsson (CSKA Moscow), Samúel Friðjónsson (Paderborn 07), Mikael Anderson (Midtjylland), Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson (AGF), Andri Baldursson (Bologna)
Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (AIK), Jón Daði Böðvarsson (Millwall), Albert Guðmundsson (AZ), Hólmbert Friðjónsson (Aalesund)
England’s Recent Form
What To Expect From England
On the international stage, England are on one of their best runs in recent memory. Although their performances weren’t incredible at the 2018 World Cup, their semi final run did give them a platform to build on. Since that summer, they have won their Nations League group, easily qualified for Euro 2020 and have brought new talent into the squad. Particularly going forward, England have one of the most exciting futures in football. Sterling, Sancho, Greenwood and Rashford are all young stars that can only improve from this point. Defensively, England aren’t anywhere near as strong however. At centre half, they have plenty of options, but none that really step above the rest. One of the most interesting choices will be in goal for Southgate, who has Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson all arguably deserving of the number 1 spot.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
Defenders: Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Trippier (Atlético Madrid), Michael Keane (Everton), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Midfielders: Declan Rice (West Ham United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United)
Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Danny Ings (Southampton), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Where’s The Value Bet?
As we mentioned above, England have one of the most exciting front lines in international football. Harry Kane is a World Cup golden boot winner, and the Tottenham striker is surrounded by young talent. Sterling and Sancho have been Gareth Southgate’s preferred partners for Kane, but with Mason Greenwood now in the squad, and Jack Grealish able to play on the wing, England have plenty of options. With Sterling and Sancho, England have scored 27 goals in their last 6 games. That’s an incredible 4.5 goals per game on average. Although Iceland might be a solid defensive side, they won’t face an attacking force like England very often. At odds of 21/2 for England to score over 4.5, it’s hard to really argue against the value available at Bet UK.
How To Watch Iceland v England
Iceland v England will be shown live on Sky Sports from 17:00 on Saturday 5th September.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Harry Kane is undoubtedly the star of this England side. The striker has 32 goals in just 45 caps for his national side, sitting just 22 goals away from England’s all time top scorer. It’s clear that everytime he pulls on a Three Lions shirt, he has that record in mind, so he will definitely want to start off his 2020/21 season with a bang.
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