Roy Hodgson to get a frosty reception
England’s Euro 2016 campaign continues tonight with their Last 16 tie against Iceland. Although they’re unbeaten in the competition so far, it was disappointing for England that they were unable to top the group and play Northern Ireland. Iceland have been one of the most popular sides in the Euros so far and are massive underdogs this evening.
It’s “do or die” for Roy Hodgson tonight. FA chairman Greg Dyke has hinted that reaching the quarter finals would be enough for him to have his contract extended by another two years. A loss this evening would rank as one of England’s most embarrassing ever defeats and perhaps the greatest upset since losing to the USA in the 1950 World Cup. The game is likely to follow in similar footsteps to those in the group, with England dominating possession and territory, forcing them to breakdown the opposition. They had 46 more shots than their opponents in the group stage and they’ll have to start converting their opportunities, as Russia demonstrated that a one goal lead is not enough. Hodgson is expected to recall Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to the starting line-up, whilst Raheem Sterling is also tipped to start. Rooney can equal David Beckham’s record for most games by an outfield player for England and he has a good record against Iceland, having scored twice in the last meeting between the two sides back in 2004.
8% of Iceland’s population has travelled to France to watch their team play in their first ever major tournament and they’ve not been disappointed. Despite having the least possession of any team in the Euros, they’ve been resolute and snatched a dramatic win against Austria to make it through to the next round. Iceland have scored more goals than England in the tournament so far, meaning that unlike their opponents tonight, they’ve made their possession count towards an end result. They were one of two sides to start with the same line-up in all three of their group games, and they’re set to be unchanged again tonight. It won’t be easy for England, as they’ve only lost once in their last nine competitive matches.
What do the odds say?
England are massive favourites for tonight’s game, with NetBet pricing them at 1/2 to win in 90 minutes. Iceland are massive outsiders at 15/2. Daniel Sturridge scored the winner against Wales and is backed at 7/5 to score anytime this evening, whilst England’s misfiring striker Harry Kane is backed at 17/4 to score first.
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