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Euro 2024: Quarter-final predictions

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The spherical of 16 served as a mere taster for what’s sure to be an exhilarating conclusion to Euro 2024.

After two days of twiddling our thumbs and pretending to take pleasure in Wimbledon, the soccer returns on Friday night. With one other eight nations succumbing within the first knockout spherical, the scent of the Henri Delaunay Trophy grows ever stronger. We’ll be in Berlin earlier than you recognize it.

Earlier than we are able to begin speaking finals, nevertheless, there’s extra whittling all the way down to be executed. Eight will turn out to be 4 by Saturday evening with the quarter-finals happening over the subsequent two days.

Listed here are 90min’s predictions for the Euro 2024 quarter-finals.

Friday 5 July

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Spain conflict with the hosts on Friday night in a mouth-watering quarter-final tie / Anadolu/GettyImages

It is very uncommon that you just get the match’s undoubted two most spectacular groups assembly this early. Whereas Spain have been the standouts this summer season, Julian Nagelsmann’s Germany have provided dazzle and attribute effectivity. The pair meet within the first quarter-final, and this fixture is one you actually do not need to miss.

How might you probably name it? Each supremely well-coached and boasting the fluency of elite-level membership outfits, we ought to be in for a high-quality affair in Stuttgart. No person would’ve complained had these two collided on the Olympiastadion on 14 July.

Whereas the opening encounter of the spherical may very well be scintillating, we should not anticipate too many fireworks from Friday’s later recreation – even when it does seem a blockbuster on paper. Portugal vs France is a lot greater than Cristiano Ronaldo vs Kylian Mbappe. The 2 stars have mixed for zero open-play targets this summer season.

There’s expertise in abundance, however we all know that Didier Deschamps will intention to merely stifle Roberto Martinez’s aspect on Friday evening. The French outlasted Belgium final day trip, they usually’ll actually make the most of a Portugal aspect that was thwarted by Slovenia within the spherical of 16. Martinez is but to encounter his optimum system in regard to personnel.

Why do not you attempt dropping Ronnie, Bobby?

Kick-off Time (GMT)

Fixture

Prediction

17:00

Spain vs Germany

1-2

20:00

Portugal vs France

0-1

Saturday 6 July

Jude Bellingham

Will their late heroics within the final 16 galvanise England? / Richard Pelham/GettyImages

England have hardly waltzed their approach into the final eight, however they’re right here nonetheless and a as soon as optimistic nation will hope that Jude Bellingham’s acrobatics towards Slovakia will galvanise the Three Lions.

1 / 4-final towards Switzerland would’ve very a lot been greeted with “Oh, I would take that!” cries from English supporters pre-tournament, however this Swiss aspect are in contrast to earlier iterations. They’re greater than merely sturdy.

Positive, the core stays acquainted, however every of Murat Yakin’s tried and trusted stars are enjoying at an extremely excessive stage. They’re tactically astute and working with spectacular cohesion. The Swiss have actually impressed greater than England this summer season, they usually made mild work of the holders within the earlier spherical. That is Gareth Southgate’s hardest check.

Assuming England did not fairly do sufficient to place you to sleep this time round, there’s one other recreation to take pleasure in on Saturday evening with the quarter-finals concluding with what ought to be a enjoyable encounter in Berlin.

The Dutch produced their greatest efficiency of Euro 2024 to ease previous Romania, whereas the unfancied Turkey upset Austria 2-1 to advance into the final eight. Turkish supporters will as soon as once more deliver the noise, however they could meet their match within the type of the Oranje contingent.

Can Vincenzo Montella’s aspect go once more after such a draining triumph final day trip?

Kick-off Time (GMT)

Fixture

Prediction

17:00

England vs Switzerland

2-1 (AET)

20:00

Netherlands vs Turkey

2-1

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