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Poland v Iceland betting tips: Fringe benefits likely for Sousa’s side

| 01.06.2021

Poland make their final preparations for the European Championship with a friendly against Iceland in Poznan.

Former Swansea and QPR boss Paulo Sousa is at the helm for Poland as they get ready for Group E in this summer’s tournament, where they face Slovakia, Spain and Sweden in St Petersburg and Seville.

Poland are 5/1 to top their group and 2/5 to advance to the last 16 at Euro 2020 in what looks like a tight affair at the round-robin stage.

Here, we look at some of the odds to help with your Poland v Iceland betting tips.

Match Odds

Poland will probably rest some of their big-hitters on Tuesday ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Slovakia on June 14.

Both teams have had recent patchy form but Poland have shown they are much stronger on home soil, recording only one defeat in their last 12 to justify 1/2 favouritism in Poznan.

Iceland were the heroes of Euro 2016 as they stunned England in the last 16, with fans around the continent enjoying the ‘Viking Clap’ after each fixture.

Arnar Vidarsson’s outfit are in a transition period after failing to reach this summer’s competition and are priced at 11/2 to taste victory, while the draw is 3/1.

Iceland have lost seven of their last nine away matches and seven of those have seen over 2.5 goals. Half of Poland’s home run of results have also seen three or more goals, and for the home side to win by this method is valued at 13/10.

Talking Tactics

The likes of Poland’s all-time top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski, Jan Bednarek, Wojciech Szczesny and Jakub Moder were on the bench in last week’s 1-1 draw with Russia and will probably be substitutes once again.

With a week until the start of the coronavirus-delayed tournament, Sousa will not want one of his key men to pick up an injury.

The Portuguese has tinkered between different variations of 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 in 2021 as he tries to fit his in-form players into his starting line-up.

Kamil Glik, who enjoyed a career at Monaco, is a veteran of international competitions and Poland’s recent results against Hungary (3-3), Russia (1-1) and England (1-2) prove they are dangerous opponents. They are 66/1 to be shock winners of Euro 2020.

Iceland are without talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson but still have players from their maiden international competition five years ago, with the likes of Aron Gunnarsson, Birkir Bjarnason and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson part of their preferred 4-3-3 system.

Goalscorer Odds

With Lewandowski set to be on the bench, who can provide the firepower for Poland?

Piast Gliwice striker Jakub Swierczok, who scored 15 goals in the Polish Ekstraklasa this season, opened his international account against Russia and is 4/1 to score first and 6/4 to net any time.

Brighton’s Moder scored against England in March during World Cup qualifying and the wing-back or central midfielder is priced at 11/1 and 4/1 in the first and anytime goalscorer markets respectively.

Mikael Anderson scored his first Iceland goal in the 1-0 win against the Faroe Islands and the FC Midtjylland forward is best priced at 16/1 to open the scoring in Poznan and 5/2 to breach the defence during the match.

Match Info

Where: Stadion Miejski Poznan, Poznan

When: 17:00, Tuesday 8th June

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner