Iceland may have taken down England and claimed firm Cinderella status, but a much stiffer challenge awaits them as host nation France could end their storybook run.
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The French are clear favorites despite the impressive organization Iceland showed in their upset win over England, but Didier Deschamps has plenty of thinking to do with a few players missing for the quarterfinal showdown.
With both N'Golo Kante and Adil Rami suspended for yellow card accumulation, the French lineup could look slightly different. Yohan Cabaye is the favorite to replace Kante should Deschamps opt for the usual 4-3-3, whereas he could select Kingsley Coman or Moussa Sissokho out wide in a change of formation. There is less speculation about Rami’s replacement in the back line, with 22-year-old Samuel Umtiti set for his first French cap, having just moved from Lyon to Barcelona this past week.
For Iceland, they will likely remain unchanged for a fifth consecutive game, as coach Heimir Hallgrimsson compared his team to Leicester City in the build-up to this match.
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EURO 2016, Game 48: France vs. Iceland
When: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade de France in Saint-Denis
Live updates: NBCSports.com