Our match prediction:
Allianz Riviera will host the match between England and Iceland. The Three Lions have been in a fine form at the Euro 2016 finals, but they were more than unfortunate not to beat Russia and Slovakia in Group B. Anyhow, Roy Hodgson’s men booked their place in the knockout stages and they are regarded as favourites on paper to emerge triumphant in Monday’s football match against Iceland, who scored a late winner in the clash against Austria. Lars Lagerback’s troops are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the match against England, but preventing the Premier League stars from scoring is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Three Lions are going to advance to the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in France. The two teams meet for the first time ever at the European Championship finals.
Highligted Player (Sturridge):
Daniel Andre Sturridge is an English footbal player born on 1st of September 1989 in Birmingham. Sturridge started his football career for Aston Villa. After playing for Chelsea, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers Sturridge got transferred to Liverpool for approximately 11 million euro. Daniel Sturridge made his debut for the English national team on 15th of November 2011.Sturridge is known for being a strong and fast left footed striker. Because of his great technique defenders don’t know what to expect once they are in a one against one situation with Sturridge. Sturridge won several prices with Chelsea like the Champions League, the Premier League title and the FA Cup. Sturridge’s best individual season was in 2013/2014 where he and Suarez were able to reach to the second place in the Premier League. The way Sturridge celebrates his goals are very recognizable and widely mimicked.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century. The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016 finals, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake. As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.