Portugal vs Iceland preview

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Followingthe7-0hammeringofEstoniainthedressrehearsal,PortugaltakeonIcelandintheiropeningEuro2016fixture。

TheNordicsidearemakingtheirfirsteverappearanceattheEuropeanChampionshipsandtheywillbeverymotivatedtoprovetheirworth。

PortugalbosseshadnochoicebuttosackPauloBentoafterthedisappointingexitfromthe2014WorldCupandopeningdefeattoAlbaniaintheEuro2016qualifyingcampaign。

ThatprovedtobeaverygooddecisionseeingthathissuccessorFernandoSantoswentontowinremainingsevenqualifiers,asSelecaosecuredthefirstplaceintheirgroup。

Theteamhavesinceexperiencedsomeproblemsinwarm-upmatchesasthebosswassearchingforthemostsuitableformation,butthingsappeartohavefallenintoplace。

SantosovercamethelackofcentreforwardsbyplayingwingersRonaldo,NaniandQuaresmainforwardpositionsandthatseemstobeaverygoodsolution,aswitnessedbyimpressivewinsoverBelgiumandEstonia。

TheBesiktaswingerespeciallyshoneinmatchesagainstNorwayandEstonia,andheisnowpushingforaplaceinthestartingline-up。

AndwithIcelandfarfromimpressiveatthemoment,itishardlysurprisingtheSelecaohavebeenmade1。

62(5/8)favouritestoclaimmaximumpoints。

TherearesomedoubtsregardingthefitnessofRicardoQuaresma,whoisbattlingamuscleinjury,meaninghecouldbeleftonthebench。

Probablestartingline-up(4-4-2diamond):PatricioCedric,Pepe,Carvalho,EliseuDaniloPereira,JoaoMario,Moutinho,AndreGomesNani,Ronaldo。

IcelandsurprisedeveryonewithsomeexcellentperformancesinoneofthetoughestgroupsintheEuro2016Qualifying,andtheyeventuallysecuredtheirmaidenappearanceattheEuros。

TheNordicsidedidreallywelltofinishabovebothTurkeyandNetherlands,althoughtheteamhavelargelystruggledininternationalfriendlies。

Icelandhaveplayedincredibleninegamessincethequalifyingcampaignended,losingnofewerthansixofthose,andonlybeatingFinland,GreeceandLiechtenstein。

Asaresult,theirfanscanonlyhopethattheteamwillbeabletorediscovertheexcellentformtheirshowedinthequalifiers,andthePortugalgamewillbethefirstmajortest。

TherehavebeennoreportedinjuriesintheIcelandcamp,althoughcoachLarsLagerbackappearstohaveanumberofdilemmaswithregardstothestartingline-up。

TalentedmidfielderArnorIngviTraustasonispushingforastartingberth,whileKolbeinnSigthorssonshouldbepreferredtoJonBodvarsson。

Probablestartingline-up(4-4-2):KristinssonSaevarsson,Arnason,R。

Sigurdsson,SkulasonGudmundsson,Gunnarsson,G。

Sigurdsson,BjarnasonSigthorsson,Finnbogason。

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