Iceland v France
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On Friday night, Iceland host France in a potentially massive game in Group H of qualifying for next years European Championships.
Iceland have won four of their six qualifiers for Euro 2020, picking up 12 points in the process. Their points tally means the Nordic nation are three points behind their second-place opponents and also surprise group leaders Turkey. A victory in this clash could well prove to be massive.
A 4-2 defeat in Albania last time out ended a three-game winning run in qualifying for the home side. The game continued a familiar high-scoring theme of late in Iceland’s qualifiers, as four of their last five qualifiers have produced over 2.5 goals.
Iceland have an impressive recent home record in qualifying for the European Championships, as they are unbeaten in nine matches, having recorded seven wins.
France will be confident of ending the home side’s stellar recent home record in qualifying. The World champions have won five of their six games in Group H, with the exception a shock 2-0 defeat at leaders Turkey in June. Didier Deschamps team has also been prolific in the current campaign, scoring at least three goals in all five of their victories in the group.
France have been highly difficult to beat on their travels in qualifying for the European Championships, as they have lost just once in 12 away games, with their last qualifying defeat on their travels coming in 2006 in Scotland.
Iceland are without experienced captain Aaron Gunnarsson, as the midfielder is currently sidelined due to injury.