France Women's vs Iceland Women's - Match Preview

France Women’s vs Iceland Women’s – Match Preview – France face Iceland in their opening fixture at the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euros. The two nations have a history in the tournament, having met eight years ago when Iceland kicked off their debut campaign at the European Championships; where France were victorious, 3-1. This was one of France’s seven victories over Iceland in a total of nine competitive encounters that has seen the small Scandinavian nation win once. With form, quality and history, it would suggest an easy three points for the French, however, Iceland will be looking to establish themselves amongst Europe’s elite by providing a monumental shock in their curtain raiser.

France recently took the field on two occasions for friendly internationals against Belgium and Norway. A dominant 2-0 victory over the Belgians showcased the class that the French women possessed, however, were held to a 1-1 draw with the Norwegians most recently after taking an early lead in the third minute. Defensive insecurities were capitalised on by Norway as they equalised late on to stop the French in their tracks. France’s world class attack is their best asset, however they will have to keep defensive mistakes to a minimum if they are to go all the way in this tournament; a milestone that manager, Olivier Echouafni, believes is a realistic achievement. Can the French kickstart their campaign with an expected victory?

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – France to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 11/8

Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir will spearhead the Iceland attack Photo Credit: visir.is

Iceland have failed to impress in their recent showings; their most recent match ending in a 1-0 loss to Brazil in an international friendly. The small, proud nation also drew with Ireland in a recent friendly and have failed to show much attacking prowess in their bouts. Manager, Freyr Alexandersson, will understand the mammoth task ahead of his rather inexperienced side and may play for a draw; a result that would be fantastic for Iceland and terrible for France. Going toe to toe with one of the world’s strongest nations should prove too difficult for the Icelandic outfit, however, with the magical feeling surrounding this tournament, anything could be possible. Icelandic legend, Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir, will be her nation’s biggest threat, spearheading the Scandinavian attack. The striker is the women’s side all-time top scorer and will be looking to add to her already impressive career tally. Can Viðarsdóttir and company provide a huge shock?

Skybet Match Result – Iceland to Win – 18/1

 

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Netherlands Women's vs Norway Women's - Match Preview

Netherlands Women’s vs Norway Women’s – Match Preview – After much anticipation and build-up, the 2017 UEFA Women’s European Championships kick off with the hosts, Netherlands, facing two-time winners of the tournament, Norway. The streets of Utrecht will be filled with orange and red as both sets of fans will be hoping their sides can begin their campaigns with a victory. Record breaking attendances are to be expected throughout the tournament as the 12th official UEFA Women’s Euros kicks off this Sunday.

Vivianne Miedema plays her club football for Arsenal Ladies Photo Credit: fifa.com

Netherlands have been preparing for their opener with some friendly matches against Japan, Austria and Wales. The tournament hosts most recently dispatched of the Welsh in a 5-0 thrashing that saw Arsenal Ladies striker, Vivianne Miedema, score two second half goals to silence the Welsh Women. The friendlies left the Dutch in good spirits heading into the tournament with a 3-0 win over Austria prior to the Wales match; proving they are having no problem finding the back of the net. Dutch manager and legend, Sarina Weigman, appears to be in a motivated mood ahead of their curtain raiser; believing she can lead her side all the way to lifting the trophy for the first time in history.  It’s very common at the Women’s Euros for the hosts to win their opener, can Netherlands continue the trend?

Skybet Match Result – Netherlands to Win – 6/5

Norway Women are the second most successful nation in the history of the UEFA Women’s Euros behind the ever-dominant, Germany. Norway beat the Netherlands when they met in the group stage at the last Euros, 1-0, and went on to top the group whilst Netherlands finished bottom. Norway most recently took to the field for a friendly against France where they drew 1-1 thanks to a late equaliser by Maren Mjelde. Norway have a great history against the Dutch; having won 11 of their 14 competitive meetings. All these factors will give the Norwegians a mental boost heading into the tournament opener where the bookmakers have them as outsiders.

Skybet Match Result – Norway to Win – 21/10

Netherlands and Norway are in Group A with Belgium and Denmark who will be kicking off their campaigns after this match on Sunday.

This match is the first #BetalystGameOfDay for the UEFA 2017 Women’s Euros and is sure to be a tight and tense affair. Expect goals from these two sides as their attackers are some of the most dangerous in the tournament.

Skybet Under/Over 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5 Goals in 90 mins – 10/11