European Cup 2016- Round of 16 ENG vs. ICE
England vs. Iceland June 27, 2016- 3:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Allianz Riveria, Nice, FR
Continuing on their Cinderella journey, Iceland will seek to take the next step when they face England on Monday night at Allianz Riveria in Nice in a Round of 16 fixture that has the following betting lines;
Best England Lines: BetOnline ML (-196) Spread -1
Best Iceland Lines: BetOnline ML (+620) Spread +1
Draw: +290 Over/Under: BetOnline 2.0
They may be the smallest-ever nation to take part in the European Cup but the team from Iceland is playing like the big dogs stunning opponents in their path on their way to the Round of 16.
With their huge 2-1 win over Austria to notch second-place in Group F play behind Hungary, Iceland will now set their sights on the Three Lions as both teams will take to the pitch with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.
Iceland has shocked the soccer world thus far world finishing group play undefeated but now will be in for a huge test against the heavily favored English, who have underperformed as they head into the knockout round behind the foot of Wayne Rooney.
Lead by striker Ari Skulason and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, Iceland will be looking to counter the likes of Rooney and Kyle Walker but the task of containing Rooney and England’s attacking midfielders will fall on the defense of Aron Gunnarsson and Iceland’s conservative approach; an approach that has proved dividends in the tournament so far.
Well aware of what Iceland has been able to accomplish leading in, look for England manager Roy Hodgson’s team to perhaps attack the Iceland defense from the ‘off’ to help jump out to an early lead? Playing on their heels sort of speak, a quick lead for the English will help settle nerves and instill confidence; an element that seemed to elude them in the previous games.
Iceland will be looking for Sigurdsson to play aggressive with his running in the midfield and chip in one of his signature free kicks.
One of the best stories in Euro Cup 2016, can the tiny nation of Iceland that is David pull another rabbit out of their hat and take down the giant England? Taking a look at the betting lines, BetOnline is favoring ENG (-196 ML) over ICE with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored with the draw +290.
Shocking many to get here, England will be ready for any surprises from Iceland and feeling they can get the job done, I will favor England in a (-196) moneyline win over Iceland by a score of 1-0 to advance to the the quarterfinals of Euro Cup.