Kick-off: 1700, 05/09/2020
TV: Sky Sports
England were stunned by Iceland at Euro 2016 but we can’t see lightning striking twice when they meet in the Nations League on Saturday.
The hosts struggled in the inaugural staging of this competition, whereas the Three Lions reached the semi-finals and have since continued to impress.
Gareth Southgate’s young and enthusiastic side scored for fun last year, so 21/20 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game is our first Iceland vs England prediction.
A Look At Iceland’s Betting Odds
Iceland were humbled by Switzerland and Belgium in the Nations League two years ago, conceding 13 goals and scoring only once in four straight defeats.
Our Boys got back on track in Euro 2020 qualifying, even if missing out on a top-two finish behind France and Turkey.
Taking four points off the Turks and winning four of five home matches was a decent effort, but losing twice to Les Bleus proved costly.
Erik Hamren was highly respected when leading Sweden to two European Championship appearances and should keep Iceland in decent shape.
However, being without Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson, Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Augsburg striker Alfred Finnbogason will hurt a team short on star quality here.
Looking at the Iceland vs England odds, we like 19/20 for the visitors to lead at half-time and full-time, as Southgate is likely to start with his strongest side and then make changes.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
England built on a fine 2018 World Cup by edging out Spain and Croatia to reach the last four of this tournament, only losing out to Holland in extra-time in the semis.
Euro 2020 qualifying brought more encouragement, with seven wins from eight games enough to see the Three Lions finish six points clear of the Czech Republic.
Even with Marcus Rashford injured, a front three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho will strike fear into the Iceland defence.
A young midfield gives slight cause for concern and Harry Maguire has been omitted, but established defensive figures such as Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier can help to steady the ship.
The timing of this contest gives Southgate little scope to work extensively on tactics, but he is still determined to maintain the momentum achieved in recent years.
“My job is to turn England from fourth in the world to number one in the world,” he declared. “The hunger for the team to succeed and do well is greater than ever.”
We’re going with 7/1 for a 3-0 victory to the visitors to complete our Iceland vs England betting tips.
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