Betting Insight: Can England’s Youthful Side Topple Tricky Iceland?

Its still the unpredictable UEFA Nations League. Those who followed our guide yesterday, congratulations. Netherlands win and the game yielded an under as we tipped. The Accumulators ballsed-up everything though.

Let’s see what Saturday holds, shall we?

England visit Iceland in Reykjavik in another 2020/21 UEFA Nations League encounter.

The visitors look favourites on paper, but do they have what it takes to break Iceland?

Erik Hamrén, Iceland coach, ahead of tonight’s encounter, told UEFA: “We need to be tight. To win games like this you have to play tight and also be solid one on one. First and foremost, this team’s mission is defensive.”

“However, we also need to show courage with the ball when we win it. They will have more of the ball but I want us to challenge them and punish them when we win the ball.”

Iceland will be without some of their senior players including with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson and Alfred Finnbogason.

Everton captain – Gylifi Sigurdson. Courtesy

Their confidence will be drawn from the fact that they managed to eliminate England out of the Euro 2016 at round of 16, on their first attempt at a big stage!

The Iceland football has been on a strong rise and they even played at the 2018 World Cup. They have a crucial fixture against Romania in October (Euro playoffs) and England’s will be a good test.

Mason Greenwood. England FA

Gareth Southgate will be without Man United duo of Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire, but the latter will be dearly missed as it will be interesting to see who starts in the heart of that defence. Does he have plenty of options at the back? No.

England may have woes at the back but look unstoppable at the opposite end of the pitch – With Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho expected to start in the front attack.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Man United’s Mason Greenwood and Southampton’s Danny Ings are the other options in the attack.

A strong midfield that has Foden, Mount, Ward-Prowse, Grealish, Rice etc can deliver Iceland. But are they experienced? No.

Who to trust? England looked unstoppable in the last edition of UEFA Nations League before they were eliminated at the semis by Netherlands. I fancy them to go far again. But I can’t back their win tonight, and the odds on them to win don’t arouse my appetite, check here. With a shaky defence, I think England will let in a goal tonight, so I am going for a Both teams to score (Yes).

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Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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