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‘Bear Bets’: Favourite performs for the quarterfinals of Euro 2024, Copa América


The quarterfinals within the “Summer season of Stars” is right here.

Each Euro 2024 and Copa América have heated up, with the Spherical of 16 concluding within the former and group play ending within the latter earlier this week.

Because the tournaments have a mini break, “Bear Bets” reconvened to preview the quarterfinals in each tournaments. Chris “The Bear” Fallica was joined by FOX Soccer studio host Rob Stone, as every shared sides they favored within the upcoming matches.

Let’s dive into the enjoyable.

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EURO 2024

Germany vs. Spain, 12 p.m. Friday, FOX and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: Spain to advance 

“This seems like a match the place the winner might win it. …  This can be a Spanish facet that has appeared like the perfect staff within the match up to now. They’ve conceded a number of targets simply twice within the final 12 months and a half. I like Spain to advance. It is in all probability gonna be a tricky ask with the house crowd throughout Germany, however I like Spain.”

Stone: Lean Germany to advance

“Germany has had a tough go of it nationwide team-wise as of late, they usually wanted one thing optimistic. Now they acquired some dude in the course of each sq. in Germany blaring on that saxophone. I form of like Germany to maintain it going. It could possibly be the tip of the highway as a result of you may solely faucet into that vein so typically, and it will form of offer you one other pint of blood, however in addition to Spain has performed, someway, I believe this entire discipline power simply pushes Germany over the end line.”

France vs. Portugal, 3 p.m. Friday, FOX and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: Below 2.5 targets; France to win 1-0 and France to win 2-0

“When you take a look at France, 5 of their final seven Euro matches have resulted in a draw. They’ve stored clear sheets in 5 of their final six. Portugal hasn’t scored in 210 minutes. France has solely acquired the 2 personal targets and the Kylian Mbappé kick from the spot. … However I simply marvel if Portugal’s form of been found out.”

Stone: Lean France to advance

“I just like the sluggish burn methodology at these tournaments; at a World Cup and a Euro. I believe for France, it has been a little bit of a sluggish burn. It is time to ignite, and I believe they do come alive. I do not suppose this one is as low-scoring as you suppose.”

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England vs. Switzerland, 12 p.m. Saturday, FOX and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: Switzerland to advance

“You talked about manufacturers and the sluggish burn; you count on England, the model, to show it on. I am apprehensive it may occur right here. However I’ll go down with what I believe has been the higher facet up to now.”

Stone: Lean England to advance

“In that model dialog, I’ve religion that France goes to bounce again. I haven’t got that religion that England goes to do it. I believe they have been overrated for years, frankly, and I am not absolutely certain how they have been getting these outcomes. However there’s an artwork to that, proper? And there is an artwork to shifting on at these tournaments. 

“I believe it is one other slim escape for England. I believe, someway, they determine to start out a recreation a bit of bit stronger, lastly.”

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Netherlands vs. Türkiye, 3 p.m. Saturday, FOX and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: The Netherlands to advance and to attain Over 1.5 targets; Cody Gakpo anytime goalscorer 

“Gakpo needs to be the respectable favourite now to win the Golden Boot. He is sitting on three, and he is in a match right here the place he is in all probability going to get yet one more, and he’ll get one other recreation.”

Stone: If I needed to decide an upset on this spherical, Türkiye to win can be my decide

“I really feel like if they’ll preserve this one shut into the halftime locker room, like 0-0 or 1-1, Türkiye goes to be actually powerful to beat. They only have a unique mentality, totally different DNA and ego. It’s in all probability simple to say, ‘OK, your time is up since you had these saves and targets and these magic moments cannot proceed.’ I do form of get a way that it may proceed.”


Argentina vs. Ecuador, 9 p.m. Thursday, FOX and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: Argentina to advance

“Argentina haven’t conceded but, and I discover it arduous to suppose that they are going to concede on Thursday in opposition to Ecuador.”

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Panama vs. Colombia, 6 p.m. Saturday, FS1 and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: Colombia to cowl -1.5; Colombia to win Copa is a extremely good wager

“Colombia, regardless of being unbeaten in 26 straight matches, James Rodriguez wanting like that is eight years in the past, scoring within the first half in six straight matches and all the pieces. They nonetheless usually are not getting the popularity that I believe they deserve.”

Uruguay vs. Brazil, 9 p.m. Saturday, FS1 and the FOX Sports activities app

The Bear: Uruguay to advance

“Uruguay has acquired so many weapons offensively. They will defend. They only beat Brazil 2-0 in World Cup qualifying. I do not get it right here.”

Stone: Uruguay to advance

“I am not a believer in Brazil but. They only have not proven me this. This snug nature on the ball, like I keep in mind watching outdated movies of Brazil, they usually’re taking part in it out of the again again within the day. There’s nothing like that today.

“I believe the model of Brazil will get bounced by a tremendously rugged, powerful and threatening Uruguayan facet.”

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