Iceland are underdogs to win the match, but are expected to offer stern resistance after producing some wonderful performances to make it past the group stage. None of their players appear towards the top of the betting for the first goalscorer, making it a particularly exciting market for punters who think there could be a surprise or two in store.
How the Bookies See it
- England: Harry Kane 9/2, Jamie Vardy 5/1, Daniel Sturridge 5/1, Marcus Rashford 11/2, Wayne Rooney 7/1, Dele Alli 9/1 - Paddy Power
- Iceland: Alfred Finnbogason 14/1, Gylfi Sigurdsson 14/1, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson 16/1, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 16/1, Eidur Gudjohnsen 16/1 - BetVictor
- No Goalscorer: 7/1 - William Hill
- Eric Dier was the surprise first goalscorer for England in their opening match as they drew 1-1 with Russia. Jamie Vardy equalised against Wales after Gareth Bale broke the deadlock, which was followed by Daniel Sturridge securing a last-gasp 2-1 victory. England were then frustrated by Slovakia in a goalless stalemate in their final Group B match.
- Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland’s first goal at a major tournament in the 1-1 draw with Portugal. A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty gave Iceland the lead in the next match before Hungary came back for a 1-1 draw. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson netted his first international goal in 19 games against Austria and substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason struck the late winner to make it 2-1 and spark celebrations throughout the whole country.
It is hardly surprising that England’s players dominate the top of the betting, with Iceland expected to sit back and look for a goal on the counter-attack, or hope for a couple of set-piece opportunities. Gylfi Sigurdsson will be seen as Iceland’s biggest threat and, as the penalty taker and free-kick specialist, he offers good value at 16/1 with Sky Bet.
However, England will be desperate not to let any chances come his way and should be able to break down an Iceland defence which has rode its luck at times against Portugal and Austria. Jamie Vardy may be seen as a better option from the bench rather than from the start as there will be little space for his pace to take effect in the early stages, and Harry Kane is slightly more favoured to grab the opener.
However, with Iceland likely to be so defensive that it could feel as if most of their 330,000-strong population is blocking England’s path to goal, it may be that a moment of magic or shot from distance is required for the first goal. Wayne Rooney remains the man most likely to provide such brilliance and should be fresh after being rested for the last game. William Hill is offering 7/1 that Rooney will be the first name on the scoresheet and it is certainly worthy a punt, with the England captain in good form and ready to make a significant impact.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Wayne Rooney to be first goalscorer - 7/1 at William Hill
*Please note, odds may change as the game approaches.