This weekend sees the last 16 of the European Championships 2016 in full flight, with three matches to be contested this Saturday. Switzerland face off against Poland in the first afternoon kick off, with Wales playing against Northern Ireland in the second "Battle of Britain" encounter and the evening kick off sees Croatia play Portugal.

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Switzerland vs Poland – Saturday 25th June 2016 – 14:00 - BBC One

Switzerland
Switzerland face a tough match against Poland in the first match

Switzerland face off against Poland at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in the first of the last 16 fixtures, this is a huge match for both sides as they bid to progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Switzerland come into this match having finished second in Group A behind hosts France. They have a mixed record in the competition despite drawing their last match with France 0-0. Their other results saw them draw 1-1 with Romania and scrape a 1-0 win in their opening match against Albania.

Switzerland have only conceded one goal during the group stages but it is their attacking threat that will be of concern given that they have only scored two goals. They will be hoping that Puma have developed their kit in between matches with Shaqiri particularly vocal.

Switzerland were one of the favourites to secure safe passage to the last 16 particularly with Romania and Albania relative unknowns and France being as strong as they have been, they will be looking to progress further than the last 16 but they face stiff opposition in the form of Poland, who have yet to concede in the tournament.

They remain unbeaten in the tournament and will be hoping that a quarter final place beckons, they have only won one of the previous ten meetings between the sides however and will be hoping that history does not repeat itself in this tie.

Switzerland remain the underdogs in this tie, despite their unbeaten record and strong defensive displays, this is Poland's first appearance beyond the groups and Switzerland will be looking to use that to their advantage.

Switzerland remain the underdogs at 21/10 with Haris Seferovic at 6/1 the favourite to score first for Switzerland.

Main man Robert Lewandowski will be looking to power his side into the quarter finals.
Main man Robert Lewandowski will be looking to power his side into the quarter finals.

Poland come into this match having finished second in Group C in a strong group that contained Germany, Northern Ireland and Ukraine and they progress to this last 16 tie unbeaten and yet to concede.

They will be looking to continue what has been an excellent campaign so far with a win and if they do so they will progress to the quarter finals of the competition which would be an excellent achievement.

Poland headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to progress to the latter stages but given that they had previously never won a tournament fixture there were more than a few question marks.

Given their strong showing during qualification and the seven points they managed to acquire in the group stages they go into this match as strong favourites to beat Switzerland. They are yet to concede and are one of four teams to go through to this stage with 7 points, with the others being Germany, France and Croatia.

They do have some excellent players and will need Robert Lewandowski to have a huge impact if they are to progress further in this tournament, he is a world class number 9 and they will need his goals.

They are the favourites to progress to the Quarter Finals and they have an excellent record against Poland as well, in their previous four games they have won three and drawn one.

Poland are the favourites at 6/4 with Robert Lewandowski the favourite to score first at 4/1

Wales vs Northern Ireland – Saturday 25th June 2016 – 17:00 - BBC One

The welsh are in pole position to win the Battle of Britain pt2
The welsh are in pole position to win the Battle of Britain pt2

Wales face off against Northern Ireland at the Parc des Princes in the second of the last 16 fixtures, this is a huge match for both sides in the second battle of Britain, as they bid to progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Wales come into this match having finished top of Group B ahead of rivals England. They have a mixed record in the competition despite winning their last match against Russia in a resounding 3-0 victory. Their other results saw them lose 2-1 against England and win 2-1 in their opening match against Slovakia.

Wales have conceded three goals during the group stages but it is their attacking threat that will be their greatest strength given that they have scored six goals with Gareth Bale joint top goal scorer in the tournament.

Wales were one of the outside favourites to progress but have certainly exceeded expectations with two excellent wins and a disappointing lass gasp loss to rivals England.

They have only lost the one game in the tournament and will be hoping that a quarter final place beckons, they have won three of the previous eight meetings between the sides but these sides do have a history of stalemates and Chris Coleman will be hoping that they can beat them in 90 minutes.

Wales remain the heavy favourites in this tie, despite their recent record against the Northern Irish this will be a very tough game and the 1/1 odds are not a fair reflection on the problems that Northern Ireland will pose.

Wales are the favourites for this match and are 1/1 on to win with Gareth Bale the favourite to score first at 3/1.

Northern Ireland will be looking to progress to their first quarter finals
Northern Ireland will be looking to progress to their first quarter finals

Northern Ireland come into this match having finished third in Group C in a strong group that contained Germany, Poland and Ukraine and they progress to this last 16 tie despite losing two matches.

They will be looking to continue what has been an excellent campaign so far with a win and if they do so they will progress to the quarter finals of the competition which would be an unbelievable achievement.

Northern Ireland headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to be knocked out at the group stage but given that they had previously never appeared at a major European tournament they have had an excellent campaign.

Given their strong showing during qualification and despite the three points they managed to acquire in the group stages they go into this match as underdogs to beat Wales. They did exceptionally well to progress given the strength of teams in their group and will be delighted that they face Wales who although are strong will be a much easier side for Michael O'Neill and his men to compete with.

They do have some excellent players and will need a really good shift and to capitalise on their excellent team spirit. In their second match against Ukraine Michael O'Neill got the tactics spot on and they were able to record a 2-0 win, it is that tactical nous that will prove pivotal in this game against a Wales outfit that contains Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

They are the underdogs in this match and to progress to the Quarter Finals but they do have a mixed record against the Welsh, they haven't beaten Wales since 1954 not a bad time to breaking even more records.

Northern Ireland are the underdogs in this tie and to secure the win they are 7/2 with Kyle Lafferty at 17/2 to score first.

Croatia vs Portugal – Saturday 25th June 2016 – 20:00 - ITV

Croatia
Mario Mandzukic is the main threat for Croatia in this tie

Croatia face off against Portugal at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the third of the last 16 fixtures, this is a huge match for both sides but Croatia are the favourites as they bid to progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Croatia come into this match having finished top of Group D ahead of rivals Spain. They have an excellent record in the competition and their last performance saw them come from behind to beat one of the tournament favourites in Spain by 2-1.

They did ride their luck at times and were indebted to Danijel Subasic for his penalty save against Sergio Ramos but goals from Kalinic and Perisic in the 87th minute were enough to win despite a 7th minute goal from Alvaro Morata.

Croatia have conceded three goals during the group stages but it is their attacking threat that will be their greatest strength given that they have scored five goals without influential midfielder Luka Modric playing as well.

Croatia were one of the favourites to progress but as runners up but have certainly exceeded expectations with two excellent wins and a disappointing lass gasp draw to rivals Czech Republic, where they were 2-0 up and coasting.

They are yet to lose a game in the tournament and will be hoping that a quarter final place beckons, they have lost all three of the previous meetings between the sides but given current form Croatia are massive favourites to win this match, against a Portugal side that have been very poor this tournament.

Croatia remain the heavy favourites in this tie, despite their recent record against Portugal.

Croatia remain favourites at 13/8 with Mario Mandzukic at 11/2 to score first.

Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to the Quarter Finals
Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to the Quarter Finals?

Portugal come into this match having finished third in Group F in what can only be described as one of the easier groups that contained Hungary, Iceland and Austria and they progress to this last 16 tie despite failing to win a match.

They will be looking to better what has been a poor campaign so far with a win and if they do so they will progress to the quarter finals of the competition which would be an excellent achievement given how poor they have been in this tournament.

Portugal headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to be win the group but they failed to perform and until the game against Hungary they had really struggled to score goals, with talisman Ronaldo missing a penalty as well.

Despite their poor form they have managed to qualify albeit in third place and they have a chance against Croatia to really kick start their tournament. It will be a tough task as the Croatian's have had an excellent group stage campaign, with only three other sides achieving the 7 points total and they are the favourites to beat the Portuguese.

They do have some excellent players but will need Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to fire if they are to have any chance against a Croatia side that have the perfect blend of quality and team spirit.

They are the underdogs in this match and to progress to the Quarter Finals but they do have an excellent record against Croatia, winning the last three matches against them.

Portugal remain underdogs and are at 2/1 with Cristiano Ronaldo to score first at 100/30

 

Today's Selections

Tip 1 – Poland to win 2-1 @ 10/1 and Robert Lewandowski to score first @ 4/1

Tip 2 – 2-2 draw @ 22/1 and Aaron Ramsey to score first @ 11/2

Tip 3 - Croatia to win 3-2 @ 50/1 with Mario Mandzukic at 11/2 to score first.

 

All Tips Courtesy Of Sky Bet.

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