Betting preview ahead of England's Nations League opener versus Iceland

Betting preview ahead of England's Nations League opener versus Iceland

England kick-off their Nations League group stage campaign with a trip to Reykjavík to take on Iceland on Saturday evening.

The Three Lions just missed out on the final last time out after finishing third in the 2019 tournament with Portugal lifting the trophy after beating Holland in the final so Gareth Southgate will be looking to go one better this time around.

England and Iceland have been drawn in Group A2 along with Belgium and Denmark so Southgate will want to start things off with a win as they can’t afford to suffer a defeat in the opening game ahead of next week’s trip to Denmark.

Revenge will also be on the menu this weekend as England need to banish some painful memories following their shock exit to Iceland at Euro 2016 so Southgate will be determined to put things right on Saturday.

Betting odds

If you want to bet on the game it couldn’t be easier as you just need to head to a casino online or your chosen bookmaker and make your selections. However, choosing your bets is the hard part as it might be difficult to find value in this match.

England are currently the heavy 1/4 favourites to win the game and few will want to back them at that price. Iceland are huge 13/1 outsiders and they are highly unlikely to beat England so the draw at 9/2 could tempt those who feel there might be a shock on Saturday.

I can’t see past an England victory and I like the look of a 2-0 away win at odds of 9/2. If we add Harry Kane as first goalscorer in a 2-0 England win then we get very tempting odds of 14/1.

Team news

Southgate will be without Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford after he was forced to withdraw from the squad with an ankle injury so Danny Ings may get a chance upfront.

Harry Winks also pulled out of the squad so Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was given his first call-up along with Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Man Utd’s Harry Maguire was forced out of the squad following his arrest in Greece.

England should have a strong line-up with the likes of Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling all expected to start while youngsters Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood could also feature.

Prediction

Iceland are a well-organised side who won’t make life easy for any team but it’s difficult to see anything other than an England win. The Three Lions won their last three matches with an aggregate score of 17-0 and I think we’ll see another routine win on Saturday. It won’t be a classic, but I’m going for 2-0 England.

Iceland 0-2 England