Summary

  • Bayern's Kingsley Coman to play Kaiserslautern's Jon Dadi Bödvarsson and Augsburg's Alfred Finnbogason.
  • Host nation France expected to overcome Iceland at the Stade de France.
  • Iceland aiming to add another chapter to fairytale story.

If - as is widely expected - France coach Didier Deschamps changes formation to 4-4-2 for the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Iceland at the Stade de France on Sunday night (kick-off: 20:00CEST/18:00GMT), then FC Bayern München's Kingsley Coman should return to the starting line-up.

Deschamps' tactical shift will largely have been brought about by the absence of usual holding midfielder N'Golo Kante and seeing how England's 4-3-3 struggled to break down a stubborn Iceland rearguard.

Coman's impact in the 2-1 victory against the Republic of Ireland, however, is certain to have been a factor in the coach’s thinking. Brought on at the break in Lyon, the 20-year-old’s disciplined, direct running opened up the space for Antoine Griezmann to find the net twice and help Les Bleus overturn a half-time deficit.

That width Coman naturally provides is again expected to be key against an Iceland side comfortable defending deep. A nation's hopes now resting partly on his shoulders, the Parisian has come a long way in the space of a season.

Coman in action for France.

This time last year Coman was in limbo having struggled to make an impact at Italian champions Juventus. In August, Bayern swooped, and by March the youngster had risen to continental acclaim by inspiring the Bavarians to a 6-4 aggregate triumph over the Old Lady in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

"I think that moving to Bayern is the best thing that could have happened to me," Coman told Le Parisien recently, before praising former coach Pep Guardiola. "He showed a lot of trust in me and gave me the chance to play."

Guardiola's trust was repaid in style by Coman, whose string of impressive displays since the turn of the year mean that he is now limbering up for the biggest game of his international career.

Coman (r.) inspired Bayern to victory over his parent club, Juventus, in this season's Champions League.

Lining up against Coman on Sunday night will be two Bundesliga-based Iceland internationals also preparing for the biggest game of their international careers: 1. FC Kaiserslautern's Jon Dadi Bödvarsson and FC Augsburg's Alfred Finnbogason.

While the three will share the same pitch in Saint-Denis, expectations could not be more different. Charged with leading an impatient home nation to glory, all eyes will be on Coman. For Iceland, meanwhile, a country at its first major tournament whose aims were no higher than attempting to impress in the group stages, expectations have already been exceeded in style.

Bödvarsson found the net against Austria in the group stage.

Bödvarsson, Finnbogason and company held Portugal and Hungary to 1-1 draws before beating Austria and then – sensationally – England in the Round of 16, both by 2-1 scorelines.

Kaiserslautern's Bödvarsson in particular has been influential in both wins: the 24-year-old opened the scoring against Austria, before teeing up Kolbeinn Sigthorsson for the winner against the Three Lions, a result that sent Iceland's population of 330,000 into delirium.

Both tall, powerful strikers, Bödvarsson is likely to get the nod to start ahead of Finnbogason on Sunday night, but whatever happens it is safe to say that the three Bundesliga players will relish the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

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