Having narrowly avoided being drawn against Portugal, England will be firm favourites when they take on Iceland in their Euro 2016 last-16 clash. The Three Lions qualified in second place behind Wales after winning just one of their three Group B games but are 8/15 (1.53) favourites with bet365 to proceed to the quarter-finals by coming out on top in Nice.
Meanwhile, Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson's side beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. to second spot in Group F thanks to a late win over Austria, and are on offer at 15/2 (8.50) to pull off a shock victory in this one. Four of the teams’ six combined matches at this competition have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 29/10 (3.90) on them holding each other to a stalemate after 90 minutes.
Although most English supporters will have been celebrating when Arnor Traustason scored that 90th-minute winner against Austria, their side should be careful not to underestimate their modest opponents.
From their shock draw with Portugal in the opening game to that dramatic victory in the final group game, the minnows have proved themselves more than worthy of a place in the last 16 of this newly-expanded tournament.
While many have praised the resolute defensive performances that have seen them concede just three goals in as many matches so far, Strakarnir okkar have also proved a real handful in attack. Although their direct style of play is unlikely to draw too much praise from football purists, the Nordic outfit were one of only five teams in the find the back of the net in each of their group stage fixtures.
Having now scored at least once in 12 consecutive matches, odds of 7/4 (2.75) are not to be missed on them sharing the scoresheet with an England team that has kept just three clean sheets in their last 10 games.
That bet would have paid out in 10 of Iceland’s last 12 matches, as well as six out of the previous eight for Roy Hodgson’s men.