Date: Sunday 3rd July Venue: Stade-de-France, Saint Denis Competition: Euro 2016, Quarter-Finals KO: 20.00
France are without the suspended Adil Rami and N’Golo Kante for their quarter-final against Iceland.
Samuel Umtiti or Eliaquim Mangala will start alongside Laurent Koscielny i ndefence.
Iceland have started the same team in each of their four games at Euro 2016 and there is no reason why they shall not do the same again.
Yet another fascinating quarter-final tie in store at Euro 2016. Portugal and Wales sealed their places in the semi-final and by the end of this game we will know which two countries make up the other.
Hosts France have dazzled in parts during the tournament thus far but found the going tough in their Last 16 game against the Republic of Ireland, eventually overcoming at early set back to win 2-1.
Iceland have been the stars of the show so far and caused one of the upsets in European football history by knocking England out of the competition on Monday evening. They will come up against a much better team in France on Sunday however.
The Icelanders have a directness to their play and are very well organised which showed on Monday with England struggling to break them down. France have some talented players on show and should have enough to wear Iceland down in a game that might be too much for them.
Expect France to dominate the game for large parts and for Iceland to rely on the counter-attack and long throws where their big men from the back can challenge for the ball in a not so steady French defence.
Whatever happens on Sunday night, the tournament has been made better by the presence of the Iceland team and their fans. France’s only objective is to avoid suffering the same fate as England and end the Icelandic dream.
France have won two tournaments on home soil, the European Championships in 1984 and the 1998 World Cup.
This is Iceland’s first time at a major tournament, let alone their first appearance in the quarter-finals.
France have won the only other meeting between the two countries to date.
Iceland are unbeaten in nine of their last ten European matches.
France: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Mangala, Evra; Cabaye. Pogba, Matuidi; Payet, Griezmann; Giroud
Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, R. Sigurdsson, Arnason, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, G. Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Bodvarsson, Sigthorsson
Prediction: France 3-1 Iceland