TFF European Championships: Quarter final previews

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We preview this week’s upcoming quarter final fixtures and provide you with the tips you need for your Telegraph Fantasy Football team.

Poland v Portugal (Thursday 20:00)

Match preview

Despite finishing third in Group F, Portugal have battled their way through to the quarter finals of Euro 2016, even though they haven’t finished any of their four matches as the winning side (after 90mins). Three draws in a row meant they qualified behind Iceland and Hungary in third, setting them up against the winners of Group D, Croatia. Ricardo Quaresma’s 117th minute header prevented the game from going to the penalties after keeper Danijel Subasic could only palm Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot directly into his path.

Coral latest odds: Portugal to win in extra time v Poland - 10/1

Poland’s qualification was slightly more arduous. Jakub Blaszczykowski’s second goal of the tournament seemed to be enough to get them through, but Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored a stunning 82nd minute overhead kick to force 30 minutes of extra time and, ultimately, penalties. Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka was the only player to miss, allowing Krychowiak to step up and book Adam Nawalka’s side a place in the quarter finals.  

Coral latest odds: Poland to win on penalties v Portugal - 8/1

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Arkadiusz Milik (£3.3m)

Poland’s 22-year old striker has started all four games for Poland at this summer’s championships and has taken some of the pressure off of the mis-firing Robert Lewandowski. Despite being valued £2.7m cheaper, the Ajax man has eight more TFF points than his teammate thanks to a goal against Northern Ireland and key contribution against Ukraine.

Coral latest odds: Arkadiusz Milik to score anytime - 10/3

Wales v Belgium (Friday 20:00)

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Wales are the only remaining home-nation at Euro 2016 and will now have to face one of the pre-tournament favourites, Belgium, in the upcoming quarter finals. Chris Coleman’s side have exceeded all expectations, finishing top of Group B, above England, and saw off Northern Ireland 1-0 in the round of 16. Gareth Bale still leads the way in the race for the Golden Boot alongside Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann (with three goals) and it was his cross that Gareth McAuley turned into his own net that booked Wales their spot in the last eight.

Coral latest odds: Gareth Bale to win the Golden Boot - 6/1

Belgium are on fire at the moment. After suffering a surprise 2-0 defeat to Italy in their opening match of Group E, eight goals in three games without reply has seen them make easy work of Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Hungary. If Wales were to cause an upset here, fans would surely start believing they could go all the way, with a semi final against the winner of Poland-Portugal the reward.

Coral latest odds: Wales to win Euro 2016 - 25/1

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Eden Hazard (£4.9m)

The Belgian captain has hit scintillating form, chipping in with a goal and a key contribution last time out against Hungary. That’s three key contributions and 22 TFF points now for Hazard and he’ll fancy his chances of adding more to his tally against Wales on Friday night.

Coral latest odds: Hazard to score first - 6/1

Germany v Italy (Saturday 20:00)

Match preview

Germany and Italy have arguably been the two most impressive sides at Euro 2016 and they’ll meet in Bordeaux on Saturday night in the standout fixture of the quarter finals. Italy knocked out the current holders Spain 2-0 in the round of 16, with Giorgio Chiellini opening the scoring before Southampton’s Graziano Pelle added a second in stoppage time.

Germany are yet to concede at Euro 2016 and they made especially light work of Slovakia, winning 3-0, with goals coming from Draxler, Gomez and Boateng. Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte produced a tactical masterclass against both Belgium and Spain, but can he find a way of out-maneuvering the current world champions?

Coral latest odds: Italy to win Euro 2016 - 11/2

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Julian Draxler (£3.7m)

A goal and key contribution last time out should be enough for the £3.7m rated midfielder to keep his spot in Joachim Low’s XI. He’s been selected in just 4% of TFF teams, making him a shrewd acquisition in what is sure to be a very evenly-contested game.

Coral latest odds: Julian Draxler to score first - 9/1

France v Iceland (Sunday 20:00)

Match preview

The last quarter final to be played will be a clash between the hosts, France, and England’s giant killers, Iceland. It’s been a remarkable tournament so far but it goes without saying that Iceland’s 2-1 win over England was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Euros, a fact that ultimately forced Roy Hodgson to resign as England manager. Take nothing away from Lars Lagerback’s side though, they’re still unbeaten at this summer’s championships and are playing without any pressure or expectation.

Coral latest odds: Iceland to win 2-1 - 25/1

The same can’t be said for the hosts. Anything but a win on Sunday would be a disaster, although they’ve already shown they have what it takes to recover from a setback. They were 1-0 down to the Republic of Ireland last time out but two second half goals from Antoine Griezmann turned the game on it’s head and allowed France to go on and secure a place in the quarter finals.

Coral latest odds: France to win Euro 2016 - 14/5

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Bacary Sagna (£3.7m)

France’s Bacary Sagna has 21 TFF points so far at Euro 2016 and set up the Antoine Griezmann goal that brought France level against the Republic last time out. He’s sure to have plenty of opportunities to get forward against Iceland and you wouldn’t be surprised to see him add at least another seven points to his total.

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