Iceland hosts the world champion France in a game from Group H of the qualifiers for Euro 2020
Iceland hosts the world champion France in a game from Group H of the qualifiers for Euro 2020. This match is pretty important for this group and it’s going to be played at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.
Group H turned to be the most interesting during this qualifying campaign in Europe. At this moment Turkey and France are the first two teams in the group with 15 points won each, while Iceland are third with 12 points. It looks really tight at the moment and everything could happen until the end of the campaign.
Until recently Iceland were moving alongside Turkey and France in the group, but in the previous round the Vikings suffered a dissapointing 2-4 defeat during the visit to Albania. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigporsson scored for the visitors, but the Albanians played their best game in the group so far, beating one of the strongest teams in it.
If they want to keep their chances of reaching one of the first two places in the group, Iceland do not have any other choice – they must play for the win against France. But it’s always hard against the world champion.
France are second in the group, but having the same amount of points as the leader Turkey. Since their defeat in Istanbul, Les Bleus enjoyed three consecutive wins in the group.
In September France hosted the underdog in the group Andorra and achieved a 3-0 win. Kingsley Coman opened the score for Deschamps’ team, while Clement Lenglet and Wissam Ben Yedder finished the job after the halftime break.
Against Iceland France will be without one of their key defenders Samuel Umtiti, who is still recovering from an injury. Against Andorra Didier Deschamps used Clement Lenglet and Raphael Varane in defense.
Can Iceland make a surprise against France on Friday? Well, they have to try. The world champions are favourites, but against the Vikings it’s always difficult for any team.