England vs Iceland Football Betting Tips & Predictions – 18.11.2020admin
⚽️ Match: England – Iceland
⚽️ Competition: UEFA Nations League
🗓 Date: 18.11.2020
With only one victory in the last 3 group matches, England must finish this edition of the League of Nations upside down, in order to quietly prepare for the final tournament of Euro 2021. Fortunately, the opponent is in a very difficult moment, so the British are big favorites.
England: current form, latest results, statistics
When the second group of the UEFA Nations League A was drawn, everyone anticipated a fight between England and Belgium for the first place. Southgate’s team performed well below expectations, but so that before the last game in the group can not even finish in second place, a position started by Denmark (Eriksen & Co have 3 points ahead and better direct matches). It is interesting that England started perfectly in this group, having after three stages 7 points and a direct victory with Belgium. In the last two games, everything fell apart for “The Three Lions”: defeat at home, with Denmark and failure in Belgium, score 0-2. Consequently, after 5 games played, the team that played the semifinals of the World Cup in 2018 has a negative goal difference, 3-4.
Southgate is widely criticized in the Kingdom, where it is increasingly being replaced. For now, he has the support of the Federation and the locker room, but for things to calm down, definite success is needed in front of Iceland. Unfortunately for the technical staff, there are a lot of absences at the batch level. Especially the defense is disturbed by the injuries on the treadmill, but England is happy to have a lot of footballers who can easily replace those who are missing. Only if we look at the right flank, for example, the absences of Alexander-Arnold and Reece James will be replaced without much effort by Kieran Trippier. Atletico Madrid’s full-back is probably not as useful as Liverpool’s defender, but he is certainly a footballer of great value, able to make great matches at any time.
The good news for the England coach is the return of Harry Maguire after the suspension, he will replace Tyrone Mings in the first “11”, probably. To understand the strength of England, it must be said that footballers like Jadon Sancho or Phil Foden, who were not starters with Belgium, will now almost certainly have the opportunity to shine from the first minute. The premises of a favorable result are also related to tradition, England doing excellently on its own ground. The failure with Denmark was a big surprise, the last home defeat dating back to 2018 when Spain won 2-1 at Wembley. Since then, the British had played in 9 other “home” games, imposing themselves in all of them. Moreover, without exception, England scored at least two goals / match in their own home matches between September 2018 and October 2020.
- Absent hosts in England – Iceland: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Conor Coady, James Ward-Prowse, Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling.
Iceland: current form, latest results, statistics
Iceland is in a deep crisis, managing only one success in the last 7 games played in all competitions. The Nordics defeated Romania in the semifinals of the Euro 2-1, but since September last year, it has “gathered” 6 defeats in 6 games. With 0 points after 5 group matches, Iceland has a nightmare goal difference: 3 goals scored and 13 conceded. Moreover, the moment of the match with England is the most inappropriate. Last week, Sigurdsson & Co missed the Euro qualification, after leading in the 88th minute in Hungary. The Hungarians returned the result incredibly at the end, Nego (88) and Szoboszlai (90 + 2) scoring for a historic qualification in the final tournament. Beyond the shock of missing the qualification, there was a lot of fatigue for the Icelanders, who lost in the weekend in Denmark, score 2-1. It is true, in Saturday’s game, the coach Erik Hamren used many players who did not play in Budapest, but it is clear that for Iceland, Wednesday’s confrontation with England is a real ordeal. It is interesting how the guest team of Wednesday will be organized defensively, in the context in which in the last games it evolved with 5 defenders. The effect was not as expected, with Iceland receiving at least two goals in 5 of the last 6 games. It is very possible to return to a classic 4-4-2, but the Nordic defense is extremely fragile regardless of the module used.
- Absent guests in England – Iceland: Willum Willumsson, Hordur Magnusson.
England vs Iceland Picks
In the round, England won 1-0, after the Nordics missed a penalty. Most likely, Southgate’s team will prevail on Wednesday, but we will choose for this match a bet on the number of goals. England will undoubtedly want to play as spectacularly as possible and give the fans another face after the latest results. Unfortunately for Southgate, the defensive problems are big, so it is extremely likely that we will see a dispute with many goals.
Prediction Today: Over 2.5 goals