Euro 2016 Odds: The Euro 2016 quarterfinals conclude this weekend as Italy plays Germany on Saturday, July 2nd in a game that can be seen on ESPN 2 while Iceland plays France on Sunday, July 3rd on ESPN. The match between Italy and Germany is expected to be a great one with Germany listed as a slight favorite. In the other match, France is listed as a big favorite to defeat Iceland.
Here is a look at both games and Euro 2016 picks.
Saturday, July 2nd (All Times Eastern)
Italy vs. Germany – 3:00 pm (ESPN 2)
Germany is favored against Italy on Saturday in a Euro 2016 quarterfinal match that can be seen on ESPN 2. Even though Germany is favored, it is Italy who has had more success in big games against Germany. The teams have met eight times at World Cups and European Championships and Germany hasn’t won a game, losing four times with four draws. Germany manager Joachim Low said he expects a defensive struggle. “It will be an incredibly tough match against the Italians,” Low said. “They sometimes defend with nine or 10 players behind the ball and narrow the spaces so that even a team like Spain found no way past them.”
One thing that may help Germany is the injury problems for Italy who is without Thiago Motta who is suspended and it could be that Daniele De Rossi misses this game due to injury. Antonio Candreva has missed the last two games due to injury and he may not be ready. “Motta is suspended and that will penalize us because De Rossi has hurt his hip. We have already lost Candreva,” said manager Antonio Conte.
3 Way: Germany +120, Italy +300, Draw +198
Spread: Germany -1/2 +120, Italy +1/2 -140
Total: 2 under -125
These teams have met 20 times previously with Italy winning 11 times while Germany has won five times with four draws. The teams last met in a friendly earlier this year with Germany winning 4-1.
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I will take Germany and the game under the total.
Sunday, July 3rd (All Times Eastern)
Iceland vs. France – 3:00 pm (ESPN)
France is a big favorite on Sunday as they take on Iceland in a game that can be seen on ESPN. France has had very little trouble in reaching the quarterfinals and they get a very favorable matchup in this game against an Iceland team coming off the greatest victory in their history as they beat England in the Round of 16.
3 Way: France -235, Iceland +825, Draw +330
Spread: France -1 -140, Iceland +1 +120
Total: 2.5 under -133
This series has been all France as they have won 8 of the 11 all-time meetings with Iceland winning none with three matches ending in draws. The teams last met in a 2012 friendly with France winning 3-2.
I will lay the goal and take France in this game.