UEFA EURO 2016 Tournament Betting Predictions
Now that we’re down to eight teams, there are still some exciting stories in the EURO 2016 bracket — Poland, Iceland, Wales — and then there are some of the established European powers — Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Belgium. Over the next few days, eight teams will become four, and then we’ll be whittling down to one final champion. Let’s take a look at some EURO 2016 soccer odds predictions for the rest of the tournament.
Let’s Take a Look at The UEFA EURO 2016 Tournament Betting Predictions
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Poland vs Portugal
Despite the well-coiffed presence of Cristiano Ronaldo on the Portuguese side, this is still the weakest of the four matches. Portugal have not won any of their games in regulation time. Ronaldo does give the Portuguese the edge, as does the play of William Carvalho and Nani. Andre Gomes struggled in the round of 16 match against Croatia, so we could see Joao Moutinho starting instead. Poland has depended on the persistence of Jakub Blaszczykowski coming down the right side, but they are still waiting for Arkadiusz Milik to live up to the press he received before the tournament. The key man for the Poles is Robert Lewandowski, a Bayern Munich star who might be the world’s best striker and who led the Bundesliga in scoring but who has looked simply tired so far.
Prediction: 2-2 Draw, Poland advances on penalties.
Wales vs Belgium
The Belgians did not look that solid as group play opened, but they brought it to Hungary all match long, dominating a side that looked strong 4-0 in the round of 16. The Welsh made it by Northern Ireland, 1-0, simply because of an own goal. Gareth Bale is the key player for Wales, and every cross into the box will have his name on it. Aaron Ramsay and Joe Allen have been making some plays so that Bale doesn’t have to run himself ragged, but they will need offense if they’re going to keep this match competitive. Eden Hazard has been on fire since the second half of the Ireland match in group play, setting up goals and scoring on his own.
Prediction: 3-0 Belgium win.
Germany vs Italy
This is the strongest matchup in the quarterfinals. Italy’s use of the 3-5-2 has attracted a lot of notice — but then they simply choked the life out of the Spanish attack, and now they take on Die Mannschaft. The Germans haven’t been particularly dominant in any of their matches, but it also looks like they’ve been playing cruise control. The Italians are missing Antonio Candreva with a thigh injury, and he remains day-to-day for the match against Germany. Gianluigi Buffon remains the premier player on the Italian side.
Prediction: 3-2 Italy win.
France vs Iceland
The last time France hosted the World Cup (1998), they brought home the title. Can hosting EURO 2016 have the same effect for them? They are running into one of the great Cinderella stories in European soccer, though, as Iceland have come out of group play and knocked out England in the round of 16. Of course, England are perennial underperformers in international tournaments. France will look to Antoine Griezmann, who led the comeback for the French against Ireland, while Iceland will rely on defender Ragnar Sigurdsson, who came forward to get the equalizer against England while also holding the back line. He will need to keep on eye on Griezmann as well as Olivier Giroud.
Prediction: 1-0 France win.