England vs Iceland: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
England will be looking to end their Uefa Nations League campaign on a high when they host Iceland on Wednesday night.
England vs Iceland: Predictions
After reaching the semi-finals in the inaugural competition, there will be no return for England this time round, with Belgium’s victory at the weekend ending their hopes.
England will also have to settle for third in the group, now unable to overtake Denmark even with victory over already-relegated Iceland, due to their inferior head-to-head record. So Wednesday’s game is all about pride.
The sunshine days of the 2018 World Cup seem quite far away for England right now, as they have managed just three goals in their five Nations League games, only one of which came from open play. One of their two penalties scored came against Iceland in their opening game, an injury-time strike from Sterling that still might not have been enough to secure the win.
With criticism of Gareth Southgate increasing, the Three Lions will need a win at Wembley to at least keep fans content until the new year.
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England vs Iceland: Stats
England have been uninspiring in attack in the Nations League, with just three goals in their five games so far. One of the reasons behind that is their more defensive set up, which has also contributed to England only conceding four goals, two of which came against Belgium at the weekend.
The Three Lions have failed to score in their past two Nations League matches, but when Dominic Calvert-Lewin came on against Belgium, he added some spark in attack. The Everton striker has scored two goals in his five England appearances so far, both coming in friendlies, but he may fancy his chances of getting off the mark in competitive action.
05 September 2020: Iceland 0-1 England (Nations League)
27 June 2016: England 1-2 Iceland (Euro 2016)
04 June 2004: England 6-1 Iceland (Friendly)
Wednesday’s game will be just the fourth time these sides have met with England having the slight advantage at two wins to one, including the reserve fixture filled with late drama.
Sterling scored an injury-time penalty but Iceland would go on to miss a late spot-kick off their own, scuppering their chances of the draw. But Iceland will forever remember their win over England at Euro 2016 as they knocked the Three Lions out, ending Roy Hodgson’s tenure.