Here's why England fans should expect more of the same against Iceland


England's matches at Euro 2016 have followed a bit of a pattern so far.

Against Russia, Wales and Slovakia it was a case of dominating possession and raining in shots but struggling to find the back of the net.

And that looks almost certain to continue in the last 16 against Iceland, the team who are the yin to England's yang.

Iceland players crowd round Nani
Iceland's game has been built around stopping the opposition from playing (Nick Potts/EMPICS)

While England have taken an average of 19.3 shots per game so far - more than any other side in the tournament - Iceland have managed just 6.7. Only Northern Ireland and Sweden racked up fewer.

At the other end of the pitch, the 16.7 shots allowed by Iceland per match is the second highest in the tournament after Slovakia's 16.8 Meanwhile England's average of 5.0 faced per match is the second lowest after Germany's 4.5.

And when it comes to average possession, Iceland's 35% is the lowest of any team in the tournament, while only Germany and Spain have bettered England's 58%.

Wayne Rooney reacts after missing a chance for England
England have had plenty of shots without scoring many goals (Francois Mori/AP)

Given England fans have been frustrated by their inability to turn domination into goals, those statistics don't bode particularly well.

Meanwhile, Iceland's backs-to-the-wall defending has seen them pick up three cards per game, with only Italy and Romania going into the referee's notebook more often.

England, meanwhile, have picked up just two cards altogether. Only Spain, with one, have received fewer.

Iceland's Ari Skulason receives a yellow card
Iceland have had plenty of attention from referees so far (Francois Mori/AP)

And if all this makes it sound like the game will be very predictable, the same is also true of Iceland's teamsheet.

Iceland are one of only two sides at Euro 2016 to have named the same starting XI in every game so far (the other is Spain). They've also substituted striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the last 10 minutes of every match they've played.

At least England know exactly what they're up against - but we can't help wondering if facing Portugal might haven been a better bet after all...