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Monday night sees England take on Iceland in the first knockout phase of Euro 2016. Some would say that they should have won the group, but they’ll be happy to play the Scandinavian minnows. Or will they?

We look at the form and chances of both teams and also give you the best England v Iceland enhanced odds offers as they are released.

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What Is The Head-to-Head Record Between The Sides?

The good news for England fans is that they’ve never lost to Iceland! The not so great news is that we’ve only played them twice and only beaten them on one occasion. This will be the first time the two teams have met in a full, competitive international tournament.

England v Iceland Enhanced OddsThe first game between the nations came away in June 1982, in the first of the two friendlies we’ve played. It was a warm-up game for the 1982 World Cup as England prepared for more illustrious failure. Ron Greenwood was at the helm and oversaw a 1-1 draw with England coming from behind to avoid embarrassment. Paul Goddard with the goal for England if you’re interested.

The one interesting point is the goalscorer for Iceland – Arnur Gudjohnsen, who scored after 23 minutes. That’s right, Eidur Gudjohnsen’s dad! Let’s hope it’s not a sign ahead of the game on Monday.

England’s Most Recent Victory

The most recent game between the sides was also a warm-up game ahead of a tournament. In early June 2004 the two sides met at the City of Manchester Stadium ahead of the Euro Championships. England ran out as easy 6-1 victors that day. A young and boisterous Wayne Rooney was coming through the England ranks and shone in this game.

His two goals here, plus his 4 goals at Euro 2004 would be the only goals he scored in an England shirt all year (11 games played). Sven Goran Eriksson would stick with his man until he got injured during the tournament. Saying that, Darius Vassell also scored two so it can’t have been that difficult.

25 mins: Lampard fires England ahead
27 mins: Rooney side-foots England further ahead
37 mins: Rooney’s piledriver gives England 3-0 lead
41 mins: Sloppy England defending allows Heidur Helgason to make it 3-1
56 mins: Vassell is on the spot to put England 4-1 up
67 mins: Wayne Bridge makes it 5-1
77 mins: Vassell curls in England’s sixth

Who Is Going To Win?

Make no bones about it, this is a game that England should win. In fact if they don’t win this match they probably don’t deserve to be in the knockout rounds. Whilst Critiano Ronaldo got into trouble for suggesting that they are a small island who aren’t ambitious, he is actually correct.

vardyThe only problem for England is that Iceland will pack their defence and give possession away at all opportunities. We have seen in the past that England don’t really have the width or the gule to get around static and sturdy back fours so what will they do? Will Sterling come back into the side to provide wing play? Will Vardy retain his place so as to try and win penalties?

I believe that Iceland don’t have the ability to do anything but try and hit England on the break so it’ll be important for England to score early. Throwing the ball into the box or having shots from distance could be key as they pile pressure on. In fact, a massively deflected goal would be quite handy. Has anyone got the number for Frank Lampard anywhere?

Prediction: a game whereby England camp in Iceland’s half for much of it with 70% possession, 30 shots, 18 corners and just two goals.

England 2 Iceland 0 (Kane pen 27, Lallana 78)