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The second match-day in qualification for the 2020 European Championship has thrown up a couple of interesting contests between some of the best teams in Europe. Ahead of the round kicking off this evening, we have decided to preview three games which are must watch and could have a vital say on which sides qualify from their groups. As ever, you can watch all the action Live & Exclusive on beIN CONNECT.
Monday – France Vs Iceland - HD 1 - KO 22:45
Two undefeated sides face off in Group H as France take on Iceland at the Stade de France on Monday evening. The World Champions made light work of Moldova in their opening qualification game coming away with a 4-1 victory. However, the challenge posed by Iceland could be difficult for Didier Deschamps side.
The last time the two sides met was a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup, which ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to late strikes from Kylian Mbappé to spare any blushes. Deschamps is likely to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that worked so well in the World Cup, with Olivier Giroud leading the line with support from Griezmann and the mercurial Mbappé.
As for Iceland, they opened up their campaign with a 2-0 away win against Andorra their first victory in sixteen outings. Erik Hamrén will be hoping that playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson can play a decisive role in upsetting the world champions. The Everton man has improved as the season has progressed for the Premier League side, and a moment of inspiration from a set piece could be crucial if Iceland is to come away from Paris with a result.
Tuesday - Norway Vs Sweden HD - 10 - KO 22:45
Tuesday evening will see a Scandinavian derby as Norway take on Sweden in Oslo. Norway will be looking to get their qualification campaign back on track following a 2-1 defeat to Spain. Veteran Swedish coach Lars Lagerbäck will consider his side unlucky not to have come away with a draw as Sergio Ramos scored a penalty with 20 minutes to go to hand La Roja the victory.
Lagerbäck, who guided Iceland to their first ever Euro’s in 2016 has a similar brief with Norway who has only made one European Championship appearance all the way back in 2000. A victory against qualification rivals Sweden is a must, and the likes of Premier League star Josh King, and once heralded wonder kid Martin Odegaard will have to perform if the Norwegians are to get one over their local rivals.
As for Sweden, they opened up their campaign with a 2-1 away victory against Romania. A victory in Oslo would put the Swedes in the box seat for qualification alongside Spain in Group F, although that could be a major ask for Janne Andersson’s side as the last away win in Oslo came all the way back in 1991.
It certainly promises to be an interesting round of European Championship qualification action and as ever, you can watch all the action Live & Exclusive via beIN CONNECT.