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Friday, 24th June 2016
Monday 27th June, 8.00pm - England v Iceland
The overriding feeling for the England football team is one of regret following the outcome of the group stages. To not win their group at Euro 2016 could prove disastrous as they are now in the tougher side of the knockout draw with the likes of France, Spain, Italy and Germany, while the other side of the tournament is wide open.
Finishing second in Group B is huge as it makes life incredibly difficult when things could have been so different if they had finished top.
Roy Hodgson has plenty to prove now as I find it remarkable that he been the England manager since 2012 and yet he still doesn't know his best team or his best system. We have gone into a major tournament with Wayne Rooney playing in midfield for virtually the first time in his career, without any genuine wide players and with four strikers who all play the same way.
To draw with limited sides like Russia, who, as I predicted before the tournament, were utterly diabolical in France, and Slovakia beggar's belief and those matches were crying out for an Andy Carroll-type player to offer something different.
Having said that, England should beat a country like Iceland, who aren't particularly good but have done remarkably well considering they have a population of just 330,000. They will sit deep and England will have to find a way through them, with a 1-0 win for England my pick on Monday night, albeit tougher tests lie in wait.
|Monday 27th June - 8.00pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Claridge Tip: England v Iceland
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|Tips||England to win Best Bet||@ 8 / 15||Ladbrokes|
|England to win 1-0||@ 15 / 4||Bet365|
Saturday 25th June, 5.00pm - Wales v Northern Ireland
Wales are reaping the benefits of finishing ahead of England in Group B and they come up against Northern Ireland in the last-sixteen on Saturday evening.
It promises to be a wonderful occasion for both of these countries and these Euros have successfully opened up the tournament to some of the smaller nations. The quality of football has been diluted as a result but you certainly cannot begrudge Wales and Northern Ireland their success in France.
I do think Chris Coleman's side should be too strong this weekend and I'll go for Wales to win 2-0.
|Saturday 25th June - 5.00pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Claridge Tip: Wales v Northern Ireland
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|Tips||Wales to win Best Bet||@ 21 / 20|
|Wales to win 2-0||@ 15 / 2|
Sunday 26th June, 2.00pm - France v Republic of Ireland
Meanwhile, Martin O'Neill has done a wonderful job with Republic of Ireland as they have done brilliantly to reach this stage of the tournament, coming through a tough qualifying group just to get to France before beating Italy in their final group game to make the last-sixteen.
I do think that Ireland struggle from the weight of expectation that comes with the glory days of old as the quality of players aren't quite the same as those from the era of Paul McGrath and co. but they are still expected to match the feats of former sides.
Without wishing to downplay the 1-0 win over Italy, you have to take into context the quality of the Italian side they faced as the Azzurri rotated their team with the group already won That victory will be another of those memories that live on forever for Irish fans though so they are already winners and anything else will be a bonus when they take on France on Sunday afternoon.
It will be a wonderful occasion but Didier Deschamps' side have so much quality and I'll have to go for the hosts to win 2-0 in Lyon.
|Sunday 26th June - 2.00pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Claridge Tip: France v Republic of Ireland
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|Tips||France to win Best Bet||@ 6 / 13|
|France to win 2-0||@ 19 / 4|
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