The top-half of the draw may now be top-heavy with seeded teams due to both Spain and England finishing runner-up in their groups, but it’s now the turn of France and Germany to try and reach the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Belgium can sniff the chance of success now they’re in the easier looking bottom-half of the draw, but must overcome surprise Group-F winners Hungary to book their quarter-final spot.
France vs Republic Of Ireland
Match Betting: France 5/11, Draw 7/2, Republic Of Ireland 19/2
The Republic of Ireland did as well as could be expected in finishing third behind Italy and Belgium in Group E, and a big match against France is exactly what they deserve after beating Italy to qualify. However, that wasn’t Italy’s strongest team, whilst it’s worth noting that France also fielded a weakened team when only drawing 0-0 with Switzerland. Before that game, France had scored either 2, 3 or 4 goals in their previous 6 matches, and backing them to win 2-0 and 3-0 could be the answer.
France to win 2-0 @ 19/5 (Betvictor)
France to win 3-0 @ 9/1 (Betvictor)
Germany vs Slovakia (5pm)
Match Betting: Germany 1/2, Draw 37/10, Slovakia 21/2
Slovakia will draw huge amounts of confidence from their 3-1 friendly victory over Germany less than a month ago, but we all know that Germany have extra gears when they need them the most. Having looked clinical against the Ukraine in their opening match, Germany were a little frustrated by Poland’s and Northern Ireland’s defensive approach, and they can probably expect more of the same from a Slovakian side that put everyone behind the ball against England. However Germany usually find a way through and, if that happens early, then Slovakia will be forced to attack and leave more space. Hopefully this will happen, and the Germans can win 2-0 or 3-0.
Germany to win 2-0 @ 19/4 (Betvictor)
Germany to win 3-0 @ 17/2 (Betvictor)
Belgium vs Hungary (8pm)
Match Betting: Belgium 4/6, Draw 27/10, Hungary 25/4
Hungary may have been officially the worst team to qualify, but they’ve been a breath of fresh air in the finals as they’ve set their stall out to win each game – and, against all the odds, topped Group F. However Belgium, after being given a lesson in teamwork when beaten 2-0 by the Italians in their opening game, can now sense they have a genuine chance of making the final in the perceived weaker side of the draw – and aren’t expected to squander this opportunity to make the quarter-finals.
Belgium to win @ 4/6 (Various Bookies)