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Euro 2016, quarterfinal: Belgium vs Wales – Preview
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Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Date: Friday, July 1

Wales take on Belgium in one of the most exciting quarterfinal fixtures of the tournament. Considering the firepower at its disposal, Belgium is the favorite to win this encounter.

When the two sides last meet in 2015, Wales edged out the Eden Hazard’s side 1-0. In 2014 however, the two teams played out a goalless draw.

Gareth Bale’s side made it to the quarterfinal after beating Northern Ireland 1-0. Belgium on the other hand crushed Hungary 4-0.

Without a doubt Bale and Hazard will be the two most discussed players in the team dressing rooms.

Defensively strong Wales have relied upon the pace and trickery of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale to unlock teams.

Belgium too have plenty of firepower in attack and the Welsh defenders could find it too hot to handle.

While Belgium are the dark horse, Wales are a surprise entrant to this late stage of the tournament.

With Iceland dumping out England, Chris Coleman will know anything is possible on a big football night.

Possible playing XIs

Wales: Hennessey; Chester, Williams, Davies; Gunter, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Taylor; Bale; Vokes

Belgium: Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Nainggolan, Witsel; Mertens, De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku

72Betting prediction

Belgium 2-1 Wales

72Betting tips

Over 1.5 goals in match

Eden Hazard to score

Euro 2016, quarterfinal: Portugal vs Poland – Preview
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Venue: Stade Velodorme, Marseille

Date: June 30

Portugal face Poland in Marseille for a place in the semifinal of Euro 2016. While Cristiano Ronaldo’s men are favorites to win this tie, Poland are more than capable of creating an upset.

The Real Madrid superstar is yet to win a major tournament with his country and he will hope to keep those hopes alive when the two sides clash.

Portugal have not exactly set the tournament on fire. They held firm against Croatia in the round of 16 before Ricardo Quaresma delivered a late winner.

Lukasz Fabianski will retain his position between the sticks for Poland as first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny continues to nurse a thigh injury.

Poland fans will be praying for Robert Lewandowski to come good in this crucial encounter.

“Sometimes you have to be pragmatic. It’d be nice to play pretty but that’s not always how you win tournaments,” said Fernando Santos ahead of the game.

"We don't have a single problem with the fact that Robert Lewandowski hasn't scored so far,” said Adam Nawalka.

Possible starting XI:

Poland: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski, Grosicki, Milik, Lewandowski.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Joao Mario,, Adrien Silva, Carvalho, Renato Sanches, Nani, Ronaldo.

72Betting prediction:

Poland 2-1 Portugal

72Betting tips

Over 1.5 goals

Robert Lewandowski to score

EURO 2016, Round of 16: Croatia vs Portugal – Preview
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Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.
Date: Saturday, June 25
 
Croatia’s duel with Portugal promises to be one of the most thrilling contests of the tournament. Both teams are devastating going forward, which opens up the possibility of this game being an open affair.
 
Luka Modric is expected to return to Croatia’s side for the crucial game. There are no injury worries for Fernando Santos’ side.
 
Croatia ended Spain’s 14-match unbeaten run in their last group game. Portugal on the other hand drew 3-3 against Hungary, as Cristiano Ronaldo returned to form with a brace.
 
Also the Croats have rested for an extra day as compared to their opponents.
 
Ronaldo’s side has the upper hand in terms of head-to-head record against Croatia, winning all three of their previous encounters.
 
Along with Modric, Ivan Rakitic will play a key role in midfield against the Portuguese.
 
Pepe and the rest of the Portugal defense will have to be at their very best to thwart attacks from the hugely talented Croatia attack.
 
Despite qualifying for the round of 16, Portugal have not looked convincing at the tournament so far. 
 
Expect them to face plenty of problems against Croatia.
 
Possible starting XIs
 
Portugal: Patricio, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Pepe, Vierinha, Moutinho, Gomes, Carvalho, Mario, Nani and Ronaldo
 
Croatia: Subasic, Stinic, Vida, Corluka, Srna, Badelj, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Mandzukic
 
72Betting prediction:
 
Croatia 2-1 Portugal
 
 
Euro 2016, Group E: Hungary vs Portugal – Preview
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Venue: Stade de Lyon

Date: Wednesday, June 22

Portugal take on Hungary in a do-or-die battle in Group D of the UEFA Euro 2016. Coach Fernando Santos will rely heavily on talisman striker Cristiano Ronaldo to take his side to the round of 16.

Since Hungary are already through, Bernd Storck is likely to rest some of his key players. Nothing but a win will help Ronaldo’s men qualify for the next round and all the pressure will be on them.

Interestingly, the Hungarians haven’t beaten the Portuguese in any of their last 10 meetings. But their overall recent record has been fairly impressive.

Portugal have reached the round of 16 in all their last six attempts. However, their recent record at major tournaments has been disappointing. Portugal have won just once in their last 6 games.

While they are favorites to get the win against Hungary, one cannot rule out the possibility of a huge shock and upset at the Euro 2016 tonight.

Form guide:

Form guide (all games, most recent first)

Hungary: DWLDDWLWDD

Portugal: DDWLWWLWLW

Possible starting XIs:

Hungary: Király; Lang, Guzmics, Juhász, Kádár; Nagy, Gera; Dzsudzsák, Kleinheisler, Lovrencsics; Szalai.

Portugal: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Eliseu; William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Renato Sanches; Ricardo Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani.

72Betting prediction

Hungary 1-0 Portugal

EURO 2016, Group C: Germany vs Poland – Preview
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Venue: Stade de France

Date: Thursday, June 16

Germany will renew their rivalry with Poland as the two teams clash in Group C on Thursday. The world champions will be aiming to seal their spot in the next round with a convincing win.

Robert Lewandowski knows the German side extremely well, considering he is part of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The Poles will rely on their talisman to deliver goals up front.

Before beating Germany in the Euro qualifying stages, Poland endured a 18-match winless streak.

The Germans however have a solid record against their archrivals at major tournaments, having not lost in any of their last 4 meetings.

While Mesut Ozil is setting up goals for Germany, the poor from of Thomas Muller will worry Joachim Low.

Despite that, Germany have scored in all their last 14 matches at major tournaments.

Poland have never scored more than 1 goal in Euro matches. Hence they will have to step up their efforts in that department to ensure an upset win.

Form guide:

Germany: WWLWLLWLWW

Poland: WDLWWWWWDW

Possible starting XIs

Germany: Neuer; Höwedes, Hummels/Mustafi, Boateng, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Götze.

Poland: Fabiański; Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jędrzejczyk; Błaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Mączyński, Kapustka; Milik, Lewandowski.

72Betting prediction:

Germany 2-1 Poland

EURO 2016, Group B: England vs Wales – Preview
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Venue: Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis

Date: Thursday, June 16

England take on Wales in a crucial Group B clash on Thursday. After being held to a 1-1 draw against Russia, the Three Lions need all three points against Wales in order to ensure progress to the next round.

This is the Welsh Dragon’s first ever appearance at the Euros. Despite boasting of a strong group of players, Chris Coleman’s side will rely heavily on the brilliance of Gareth Bale to get past Wayne Rooney’s team.

Out of their 102 past battles, England have won 66, Wales 14 and 21 have been draws. This however is the first time the two teams are meeting at a major tournament. It has been 32 years since Wales last beat England.

Roy Hodgson will be worried about the performance of his strikers since they have failed to produce more than 1 goal in 13 of their last 14 games.

Despite the draw against Russia, some of the link-up play from England was good and the attackers did a fine job for majority of the match.

The Welsh defense remains suspect, as they have conceded in each of their last five games.

Considering they became the first British side to win an opening game at the Euros, the whole squad will be raring to go against England.

Form guide:

England: DWWWLWWLWW

Wales: WLLDLWLDWW

Possible starting XIs

England: Hart; Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Rose; Alli, Dier, Rooney; Lallana, Kane, Sterling.

Wales: Hennessey; Gunter, Chester, Williams, Davies, Taylor; Allen, Ledley; Ramsey, Bale; Robson-Kanu.

72Betting prediction:

England 2-2 Wales

EURO 2016, Group A: France vs Albania – Preview
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Date: Wednesday, June 15

France take on Albania in their second match of the tournament at the Stade Vélodrome on Wednesday. The hosts will be looking to build on their opening day win over Romania.

Albania were beaten 0-1 by Switzerland in their first match of the Euros. They played 54 minutes of that match with only 10 men.

The two sides have met twice so far. Interestingly, Les Blues have never beaten the Albanians.

France are overwhelming favorites to win the match. Albania will have to defend resolutely to get a positive result.

Gianni De Biasi will be without his captain for the all-important match.

Didier Deschamps will be hoping to improve his team's performance against Albania.

Form guide:

France: WWWWWLWWWW

Albania: LLWWLDWLLD

Possible starting XIs:

France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra; Kanté, Matuidi; Coman, Payet, Martial; Giroud.

Albania: Berisha; Hysaj, Ajeri, Mavraj, Agolli; Kukeli, Xhaka; Roshi, Abrashi, Lenjani; Sadiku.

72Betting prediction:

France 3-0 Albania

EURO 2016, Group F: Portugal vs Iceland – Preview
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Venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard

Date: Tuesday, June 13

Portugal kick start their Euro 2016 campaign with a tricky tie against Iceland. Like the other big teams, Cristiano Ronaldo’s men too will be looking to get off to a winning start against their less fancied opponents.

The Portuguese struggled en route the tournament, with seven one-goal margin wins in qualifying.

Iceland will need to resolve their defensive issues against a Portugal side that is flamboyant going forward. The Euro debutants have conceded 17 goals in their last 8 outings.

Ronaldo is one appearance short of equaling Luis Figo’s 127-cap record for Portugal.

Fernando Santos’ team beat Iceland on both occasions during the qualifying stages.

Form guide:

Portugal: WLWWLWLWWW

Iceland: WLWLLLWLLL

Possible starting XIs:

Portugal: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Raphäel Guerreiro; João Mário, Danilo, João Moutinho, Adrien Silva; Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Iceland: Halldorsson; Sævarsson, R Sigurdsson, Árnason, Skúlason; Gudmundsson, G Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Sigthórsson, Finnbogason.

72Betting prediction:

Portugal 2-0 Iceland

EURO 2016, Group E: Belgium vs Italy – Preview
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Venue: Stade des Lumieres 

Date: Monday, June 13

Italy open their Euro 2016 campaign with a tough fixture against dark horses Belgium at the Stade des Lumieres on Monday. Considered a typical tournament team, Italy will have their work cut out against a very talented Belgian side.

Marc Wilmots will be delighted to welcome back Eden Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen into the starting line-up after the duo had an injury scare.

Known for their defensive discipline, the Azzurri will rely heavily on Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini to keep the flamboyant Belgian attack at bay.

Interestingly, the Red Devils have never beaten Antonio Conte’s men in their three encounters at major tournaments. The last five meetings between them have produced 18 goals.

Despite entering the tournament without key players, the Italians remain one of the favorites to lift the title. It must be noted that they were unbeaten in their qualifying campaign.

This match is likely to boil down to a tactical ballte between Belgium's attack and Italy's defense. One thing is for sure, this is the match of the tournament so far.

Form guide:

Belgium: WDWLWWWWWL

Italy: WWLDDLWWWW

Possible starting XIs

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Witsel, Nainggolan; Mertens, De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku.

Italy: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Giaccherini, Darmian; Immobile, Zaza.

72Betting prediction:

Belgium 1-1 Italy

EURO 2016, Group C: Germany vs Ukraine – Preview
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Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Date: Sunday, June 12

World champions Germany open their Euro 2016 campaign with a Group C battle against Ukraine. Despite problems, the Germans are firm favorites to win this duel in Lille.

Ukraine have no injury concerns, while Joachim Low will be hoping star defender Mats Hummels is fit to play his team’s opener.

The Germans are renowned for their big-tournament performances. This time however they enter the Euros in questionable form.

Mykhailo Fomenko’s men are tricky customers and will fully believe they can beat the Germans who lost twice in the qualifying stages.

Ranked 19th in the world, Ukraine are solid at the back but could struggle in the goal-scoring department.

Ukraine have never beaten Germany, with three draws and two defeats in their last five meetings. Interestingly, Ukraine have never lost to Germany at a neutral venue.

While Germany have too much in the tank for their opponents, other teams will be closely watching how Die Mannschaft open their bid to win the Euro 2016

Form guide:

Germany: WLWLLWLWWW

Ukraine: WWWWDWLWDW

Possible starting XIs

Ukraine: Pyatov; Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Garmash; Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka; Zozulya.

Germany: Neuer; Höwedes, Mustafi, Boateng, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Müller, Özil, Draxler; Gomez.

72Betting prediction:

Germany 2-1 Ukraine