This weekend sees the last 16 of the European Championships 2016 in full flight, with three matches to be contested this Sunday and Monday. Hosts France face off against the Republic of Ireland in Sunday's first afternoon kick off, with Italy playing against Spain on Monday afternoon with England against Iceland in the final of the last 16 round of matches on Monday Evening.

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France vs Republic Of Ireland – Sunday 26th June 2016 – 14:00 - ITV

Can the hosts go all the way?
Can the hosts go all the way?

France face off against Republic of Ireland at the Stade de Lyon in the fourth of the last 16 fixtures, this is a huge match for both sides but France are the favourites as they bid to progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

France come into this match having finished top of Group A ahead of rivals Switzerland. They have an excellent record in the competition and their last performance saw draw 0-0 with Switzerland in a drab 0-0 draw.

They did look very toothless without leading scorer Dimitri Payet on the field but when he came on they were able to find another gear, this was exemplified by an excellent cross from Sissoko and Payet volleying the ball onto the underside of the crossbar, it would have been the goal of the tournament, thankfully for Switzerland it crashed safely out to the keeper.

France have conceded just one goal during the group stages but it is their attacking threat that will be their greatest strength, but given that they have scored four goals there is plenty of room for improvement from the likes of Giroud and Griezmann.

France are one of the favourites to win the tournament outright and so far they have tempered expectations with two excellent wins and a disappointing draw against Switzerland, where France failed to break them down.

They are yet to lose a game in the tournament and will be hoping that a quarter final place beckons, they haven't lost since November of last year when England beat them 2-0 shortly after the Paris attacks.

France remain the heavy favourites in this tie, they will be looking to beat a Republic of Ireland side that will want to avenge the 1-0 result in the World Cup play offs in 2009, where a Thierry Henry handball wrongly robbed them of a spot.

France remain the favourites at 4/9 with Olivier Giroud at 7/2 the favourite to score first for France.

Can Martin O'Neill inspire his troops to a win over hosts and favourites France?
Can Martin O'Neill inspire his troops to a win over hosts and favourites France?

Republic of Ireland come into this match having finished third in Group E in what can only be described as one of the toughest groups that contained Italy, Belgium and Sweden and they progress to this last 16 tie with a respectable four points.

They will be looking to better 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 for the oldest group at the European Championships.

Martin O'Neill's men headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to be knocked out at the group stage but they failed to roll over and they have had to fight tooth and nail in a strong group and they were able to beat an Italy side that have had an excellent tournament so far by 1-0.

They have managed to qualify with four points winning against Italy and drawing against Sweden, although that is a game that they should have won and with those points they finished in third place. It will be a tough task to progress as the French 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 Irish.

They do have some good players but will need to rely on their excellent team spirit and the know how of Premier League players John O'Shea, Seamus Coleman, Shane Long and the experienced Robbie Keane and Shay Given.

They are the underdogs in this match and to progress to the Quarter Finals but they do have an excellent record against France, winning the last match against them 1-0.

Republic of Ireland are the underdogs at 9/1 with Shane Long the favourite to score first at 11/1

 

Italy vs Spain Odds – Monday 27th June 2016 – 17:00 - BBC One

Italy stand in Spain's way
Italy stand in Spain's way

Italy face off against Spain at the Stade de France in the seventh of the last 16 fixtures, this is a huge match and the tie of the round with very little to separate the two sides as they bid to progress to the Quarter-Finals of the competition.

Italy come into this match having finished top of Group E ahead of rivals Belgium by virtue of their head to head record. They have an excellent record in the competition despite their last performance seeing them lose 1-0 against the Republic of Ireland but given that they had already qualified and made eight changes it's safe to assume they didn't put out their strongest side.

Italy have been one of the standout performers of the tournament and they opened their account in the tournament by beating a strong Belgium side 2-0 and they followed that up with a hard fought 1-0 win against Sweden in the second match.

Italy have conceded just the one goal in the tournament so far with a typical Italian defence but they have provided a clinical attacking threat with three goals in the tournament.

Italy were one of the favourites to progress to the latter stages albeit it could have been as either the runner up or the group winners but their performance against Belgium really set their stall out early.

Italy remain the underdogs in this tie, they will be looking to beat a Spain side that have not lost in their last four encounters with the Italians.

Italy are the underdogs in this match and are 16/5 on to win with Graziano Pelle the favourite to score first at 15/2.

Spain
Can Pique and co help Spain progress?

Spain come into this match having finished second in Group D in one of the toughest groups that contained Croatia, Turkey and the Czech Republic and they progress to this last 16 tie with a respectable six points.

They will be looking to better what has been a mixed 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 for one of the favourites at the European Championships.

Spain headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to win the competition outright and despite the last setback in the 2-1 defeat to Croatia they will be looking to recover well against an Italy side that have been very strong defensively and will be well rested.

It will be a tough task to progress as Italy have had an excellent group stage campaign but Spain themselves have had a good campaign as well.

Spain have a world class squad of individuals but the loss against Croatia will have been a huge setback and they will need to recover quickly.  They are the favourites in this match and to progress to the Quarter Finals and they have an excellent record against Italy winning three and drawing two of their last five meetings.

Spain are the favourites in this tie and to secure the win they are 21/20 with Alvaro Morata at 4/1 to score first.

England vs Iceland – Monday 27th June 2016 – 20:00 - ITV

Harry Kane (inset) is the favourite to score first
Harry Kane (inset) is the favourite to score first

England face off against Iceland at the Stade de Nice in the final match of the last 16 fixtures, this is a huge match and Roy Hodgson's men will be looking to end the Iceland fairytale as they bid to progress to the Quarter-Finals of the competition.

England come into this match having finished second in Group B behind rivals Wales by just one point. They have a mixed record in the competition despite their last performance seeing them draw 0-0 against Slovakia but given that they secured qualification and England will be happy and confident with the draw ahead of them.

England have been one of the standout performers of the tournament but they have had the frustrating knack of dominating possession but not capitalising on that with goals and results and if they are to achieve anything in this tournament they will have to rediscover their ruthless streak.

England have conceded just the two goals in the tournament so far with the defence the perceived weakness at the start of the tournament but the only blemish so far has been the lapse in concentration against Russia. It is in front of goal that they have struggled with just three goals scored and they will need to find their killer instinct.

England were one of the favourites to progress to the latter stages albeit it would have been as the group winners but their results haven't quite been there.

England remain the favourites in this tie, they will be looking to beat an Iceland side that are making their maiden appearance at the European Championships.

England are favourites at 8/15 with Harry Kane at 7/2 to score first.

Can Iceland pull off the unthinkable?
Can Iceland pull off the unthinkable?

Iceland come into this match having finished second in Group F in one of the biggest shocks of the tournament and they progress to this last 16 tie with a respectable five points.

They will be looking to better what has been a magnificent campaign so far with an unlikely win and if they do so they will progress to the quarter-finals of the competition which would be an unbelievable achievement for one of the underdogs at the European Championships.

Iceland headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to depart during the group stages and they won their last game 2-1 in a thrilling finale to Group F along with the Portugal Hungary match, it made for excellent and compelling viewing.

It will be a tough task to progress as England have had a good group stage campaign but Spain themselves have had a good campaign as well.

Iceland have a few excellent players in Sigurdsson and Gudjohnsen but their success has been the incredible team ethic and togetherness amongst the players and their never say die attitude has been one of the highlights of the tournament.

Iceland remain underdogs and are at 7/1 with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to score first at 10/1

 

Today's Selections

Tip 1 – 2-2 draw @ 40/1 and Olivier Giroud to score first @ 7/2

Tip 2 – 2-2 draw @ 25/1 and Alvaro Morata to score first @ 4/1

Tip 3 - England to win 2-1 @ 17/2 with Wayne Rooney at 11/2 to score first.

 

All Tips Courtesy Of Sky Bet.

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