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Euro 2020: Predictions, fixtures and probable starting XI: Monday 28 June

The Round of 16 continues at Euro 2020 on Monday, with the 2016 finalists and 2012 winners both in knockout action.

France will play neighbours Switzerland in Bucharest as they attempt to go one better than they did on home turf five years ago.

Spain, meanwhile, are looking to recapture the magic that helped them seal back-to-back European titles nearly a decade ago, with World Cup finalists Croatia lying in wait in Copenhagen.

Euro 2020 Round of 16 prediction: Croatia vs Spain

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It’s a meeting of two of Europe’s recent heavyweights in the last 16 of Euro 2020, as Croatia and Spain do battle in Copenhagen on Monday.

The knockout clash pits a side out to recapture their title-winning form of 2012 and 2008, against one that finished as runners-up in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It was at times a tortuous process for the Spanish as they scrambled out of Group E in second place.

They needed victory in their final pool match against Slovakia, too, with a booming 5-0 win papering over the cracks of draws with Poland and group winners Sweden.

Their opponents also mustered a second-placed finish in the final round of fixtures, with Luka Modric cranking it up to inspire a win over hosts Scotland at Hampden Park.

It saw them pip the Czech Republic to second spot after the draw between the pair and an opening defeat to England, who topped the standings.

Nicola Vlasic could be a contender to start for the Croats, who could also plump for former Liverpool man Dejan Lovren in defence.

Bruno Petkovic and Andrej Kramaric look to be scrapping it out for a berth up front.

The big question for the Spanish is whether coach Luis Enrique keeps faith with Alvaro Morata in his forward line.

Cesar Azpilicueta seems to have worked his way back into the starting reckoning in defence, where Pau Torres could return at centre back.

Probable Croatia Starting XI: Dominik Livakovic, Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Josko Gvardiol, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic, Ivan Perisic.

Probable Spain Starting XI: Unai Simon, Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Koke, Pablo Sarabia, Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo.

Euro 2020 Round of 16 prediction: France vs Switzerland

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Bucharest is the venue as France and Switzerland compete for a place in the final eight at Euro 2020 on Monday.

The French, who were last winners in 2000, finished as agonized runners-up on home turf in Paris five years ago, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal pulled off an unlikely tournament win.

Les Bleus look to be in decent shape again, albeit having contrived to finish top of Group F with just five points.

It hardly tells the full story of a nightmare pool, which began with Didier Deschamps’ men pulling off a win by the only goal against rivals Germany.

A heavy duty draw with Hungary in front of their baying home support in Budapest was no disgrace, not to mention their Portuguese reunion in the final round of group fixtures, where a point proved enough.

Functional Switzerland had a decidedly different experience in Group A, picking up a win and a draw either side of a hefty 3-0 loss to Italy to come through as a best third-placed finisher.

It was Wales that held them to a draw in their pool opener, while it’s tricky to read too much into their final round success against a Turkey side that had long since given up the ghost.

Leo Dubois may have to fill in at left back for France, with both Lucas Digne and Theo Hernandez struggling with injury.

Marcus Thuram and Thomas Lemar are also on the casualty list as availability just hints at thinning out for Deschamps.

The Swiss, by contrast, are in decent shape as far as a head count goes.

Ricardo Rodriguez could push up at left wing back, while Kevin Mbabu should give balance on the opposite flank.

Probable France Starting XI: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Leo Dubois, Adrien Rabiot, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema.

Probable Switzerland Starting XI: Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Kevin Mbabu, Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler, Steven Zuber, Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo.

Euro 2020 predictions for 28 June

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.