France vs. Iceland 2016 Euro Quarter Finals Odds Preview

Posted by Aaron . on June 30, 2016 in

The true Cinderellas of this quarterfinal, Iceland, take on host team France in the nation’s capital in another one of the 2016 Euro Quarter Finals soccer betting match ups. France barely escaped Ireland in the round of 16, emerging with a 2-1 victory thanks to the heroics of Antoine Griezmann. The French, though, look disinterested and casual on the pitch. This is a marked contrast with the devotion of Iceland, who are playing in their first international tournament ever — and still have yet to lose a match. After giving up that questionable penalty in the fourth minute, they imposed their will on the English and came back for a 2-1 win of their own.

How To Bet the France vs. Iceland 2016 Euro Quarter Finals Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Sunday, July 3, 2016, 3:00pm Eastern time
Where: Stade de France, Paris
TV: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
EURO 2016 Odds: France win, 4/9; Iceland win, 8/1

Why should you put your money on Iceland?

England had absolutely no success penetrating Iceland’s defenses, and they have the talent of Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane on their side. It’s true that England have a reputation for underperforming in these big tournaments, but that really downplays the strength of the effort that Iceland put forth on both sides of the ball. When the English got their set pieces, Iceland’s marking kept the balls from becoming a threat. Also, defender Adil Rami and midfielder N’Golo Kante will be off the field for France after getting too many yellow cards in the game against Ireland.

Why should you bet on France?

The emergence of Antoine Griezmann gives the French a lot of hope after Olivier Giroud, who normally does the bulk of the offensive work for France, did not have much success against Ireland. Iceland plays a similarly plucky defensive game, marking well and waiting to press the advantage. The opportunity to play in their national stadium in front of what should be a vocally partisan crowd should give France the energy they need to send Iceland home after what has been a terrific story.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I don’t expect Iceland to concede much at all here in their match up with France. However, France is the more skilled team without the historical trend of coughing up tournament games that the English have. I’m predicting a 2-1 France win.