France welcome the visitors Iceland in the Euro Qualification – Round 2. The match will be held on Monday, March, 25th, at the Stade de France (Paris - Saint-Denis).
On March 14th, the manager of the France national team Didier Deschamps has announced the footballers to get prepared for the first Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova in Kishinev and the second qualification round at home versus Iceland. The reigning world champions’ roster was no surprise. The squad are still one of the best throughout Europe. France presently feature a stacked team: Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, and others. After the win over Croatia in the Russian World Cup final (4:2), the French side held their next fixture yet in terms of the Nations League. France competed in the tournament’s strongest group – they clashed with Germany and Netherlands. In this stellar set of contenders, the Germans turned the weakest – they ended last in the group and next Nations League campaign will compete in the League B. France and Netherlands attained seven points each, but the Dutch team sat higher in the table because of the superiority in the head-to-head games.
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Apparently, the Icelanders present the most regressive or, at least, one of the most regressive sides of the Old World. The last year was very productive for the Iceland team in terms of the number of the encounters held, but their results were horrible. The guests on the day won only in the first half of the last calendar year when they clashed with the frugal Indonesia (4:1). Since then, they held fifteen fixtures but failed to attain a win there (six draws, nine losses). The Icelanders did not only look miserable in friendlies, they also completely failed in official encounters. As for the World Cup 2018, they have unexpectedly ended level against Argentina in the first round (1:1) but conceded to Nigeria (0:2) and Croatia (1:2) afterwards. The team’s performance in the Nations League, where they had to compete in the League A, was even worse. Still, their rivals were not the strongest: the team faced Belgium and Switzerland. That said, Iceland lost all four fixtures; notably, they took a hammering at the hands of the Swiss (0:6) in the first round. Their last encounter was held this calendar year – Iceland met with Estonia, but the head-to-head saw no goals then.
The Icelanders’ defense has been weak lately, though just a couple years ago, the team’s achievements were attributed to the defensive line. Before the clash with the Estonians, Iceland allowed a minimum of two goals in the last nine matches. France boast a lethal attack, therefore, they will surely beatdown their opponents when hosting them at the Stade de France on Monday.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.