On Thursday, October 11, in a friendly atmosphere, the match between France and Iceland will be played. The confrontation will take place at the “Stade du Roudourou” in Guingamp, starting at 20:00. The guest band tries to end a series of four consecutive defeats.
Taking advantage of his own land, the national “Galic Cock” was imposed in the League of Nations against the Netherlands, score 2-1. Mbappe and Giroud scored decisively in the 14th and 75th minutes respectively for their 10th success in the last 13 games. With this victory, France has distanced itself from Germany and the Netherlands, having the first chance to qualify. In an excellent period, the hosts seem to have only a routine confrontation with Iceland. In a batch in which a player like Ousmane Dembele occupies the reserve bank, the only problem seems to be the score. Especially in 12 direct matches against the Icelanders, scored not less than 35 goals.
On the other hand, for Iceland‘s little national, the price paid for World Cup qualification seems to have been too high. If last year a group of qualifications dominated from teams such as Croatia, Ukraine or Turkey, 2018 is a catastrophic one. With 7 defeats in the last 9 games, Iceland has received at least 24 goals during this period. A defensive that once seemed iron was overwhelmingly overtaken by the two confrontations of the League of Nations of Switzerland and Belgium, which scored together no fewer than nine goals. It remains to be seen how long he will resist the “Stade du Roudourou” in front of an offensive involving players like Mbappe, Griezmann or Giroud.
In the last direct confrontation, disputed at the Euro 2016, France was definitely forced to score 5-2. It was the 9th success achieved in the 12 direct matches recorded so far. In 4 of the last 5, France has scored at least three goals.
France: Steve Mandanda – Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma, Presnel Kimpembe – Paul Pogba, N Golo Kante – Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi – Olivier Giroud
Iceland: Hannes Thor Halldorsson – Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordor Magnusson – Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Emil Hallfredsson, Ari Skulason – Gylfi Sigurdsson – Alfred Finnbogason
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.50