England vs Iceland Euro 2016 Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups and Best Bets Ahead of Crucial Last 16 ClashPublished June 27, 2016
Roy Hodgson is expected to ring in the changes on Monday night, as England look to book their place in the quarters finals of Euro 2016 with victory over Iceland.
The 68-year-old made six changes against Slovakia last week, in a move that ultimately backfired, after the Three Lions’ 0-0 stalemate left England in the wrong side of the draw for the knockout rounds.
While England’s route to the final looks extremely tricky to say the least, they have been handed a favourable last 16 encounter against Lars Lagerback’s side, who have certainly been a surprise package so far in France.
Spurs duo Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are expected to return at full-back, while Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney are likely to get the nod in midfield, ahead of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson, who both started against Slovakia.
It is widely reported that both Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane will be recalled to the side, despite their rather disappointing performances in France so far, while Daniel Sturridge is set to keep his place in the starting XI.
Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrimsson has no injury worried ahead of the match and is expected to name former Bolton and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen as a substitute.
This will be the third encounter between England and Iceland. England are unbeaten on the two previous occasions, which have produced nine goals.
Iceland were the only team, along with Spain, to start with the same line-up in all three of their group games.
Iceland’s Hannes Thór Halldórsson has made more saves than any other goalkeeper at this year’s tournament (18).
Despite Harry Kane’s indifferent form in France, the Spurs striker is right up there with the very best on his day. It’s only a matter of time until the 22-year-old finds the net, and Kane’s form could be crucial if England are going to progress right up until the very end of the tournament.
You can back Kane to score in 90 minutes and an England win at 5/2 with Sky Bet.
If you fancy a flutter on the first goalscorer, then one of England’s defenders is certainly worth a punt. Gary Cahill is 33/1 with Paddy Power to net first, while his centre back partner Chris Smalling is 25/1 with the same bookmaker.
For those of you who are expecting a rather uncomfortable evening in Nice, then you can back 0-0 after 90 minutes at 7.5/1 with Bet 365.