Those of you who have been paying attention to my group stage predictions, might have been able to work out my line-up for the round of 16. If not, here it is with a little pointer of who I expect to win each game.
Bear in mind, I correctly predicted 3 of the 4 semi-finalists for World Cup 2014.
Yeah, so what, I know. Here goes:
SWITZERLAND v POLAND
The Swiss aren’t the best when it comes to knockout games, whereas Poland are some people’s outside bet for success in Euro2016. I see the Poles winning this.
SPAIN v ITALY
A big-match up so early on, but there’s always one and this is it. Has extra time written all over it, with Spain triumphing written in a tiny font in the corner.
RUSSIA v CROATIA
I’m telling you now, the Russians will be determined to put on a good show ahead of their World Cup in 2018. They will beat Croatia.
PORTUGAL v SWEDEN
Zlat’s all folks. Except no. Even if Ronaldo’s still fit by this stage, I still fancy the Swedes in extra time. Thanks to that man Zlat.
GERMANY v ROMANIA
There’s always a one-sided game in the knockouts and I expect this to be it. The Germans will be getting into gear and cruising into the quarters.
BELGIUM v TURKEY
I like the look of Turkey for this tournament, but this is a beast of a draw for them. I see them taking Belgium all the way, maybe to pens, but coming up short.
FRANCE v UKRAINE
Unthinkable that the hosts won’t win this one. The French will have mobilised support during an impressive group phase, and this win will boost le excitement.
ENGLAND v AUSTRIA
A potential banana skin, for both sides. Evenly matched. Nervy. Could go either way, but as long as it doesn’t go to penalties, I see England winning. Just.