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Uefa Euro 2020 latest predictions, starting XIs and Round of 16 fixtures for Saturday 26 June

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Saturday is knockout day at Euro 2020, as the Round of 16 kicks off to decide the first pair of quarter-finalists at the European football festival.

Tournament darlings Denmark go up against a Wales side that defied the odds to reach the semi-finals in France five years ago.

Italy, meanwhile, put their perfect record to the test against Austria when they meet later on in London.

Round of 16: Wales vs Denmark

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The Round of 16 at Euro 2020 kicks off in Amsterdam on Saturday, as Wales and Denmark compete for a place in the quarter-finals.

Both made it through to the knockouts in dramatic fashion as pool runners-up, but no one has had a competition quite like the Danes.

Not a sole was thinking about football, let alone tournament progress, when Christian Eriksen lay stricken on the Parken pitch in the first half of their Euros opener against Nordic neighbours Finland.

The resolve shown by Eriksen’s team-mates following the harrowing scenes of his cardiac arrest and subsequent recovery in hospital has since played no little part in their efforts.

First going a goal up before fading against favourites Belgium amid a crackling atmosphere in Copenhagen.

Then a rampaging 4-1 stuffing of Russia, again on home turf, that proved enough to pip both their opponents and the Fins to second spot despite the trio all sitting on three points.

Wales weren’t sure until the last either, as they clung on by their fingertips against dominant hosts Italy in Rome.

It proved to be a 1-0 defeat that felt like victory, as Switzerland were unable to overturn their goal difference deficit despite beating sorry Turkey in the other half of Group A.

Rob Page’s side had also seen off the supposed dark horses, having drawn with the Swiss to see them through behind the Italians.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey will once again pull the strings for the dogged minnows, who will be without the suspended Ethan Ampadu following his red card at the Stadio Olimpico.

Eriksen is the only expected absentee for the Danes, as he recuperates at home after his discharge from hospital.

Probable Wales Starting XI: Danny Ward, Connor Roberts, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies, Daniel James, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Morrell, Joe Allen, Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore.

Probable Denmark Starting XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Yannik Vestergaard, Daniel Wass, Thomas Delaney, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joakim Maehle, Mikkel Damsgaard, Martin Braithwaite, Yussuf Poulsen.

Round of 16: Italy vs Austria

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It’s a daunting prospect for Austria in the Euro 2020 Round of 16, as they go up against the perfect record of Italy in London on Saturday night.

The Azzurri purred through Group A, having first made their mark on the opening night with a 3-0 routing of the decidedly limp Turkey.

Dark horses dispensed with, Roberto Mancini’s men doled out an identical stuffing of Switzerland in the second of three home pool matches at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Gritty Wales were a tougher nut to crack as they scrapped for second spot in the group, but a victory by the only goal with a much-changed starting line up did the job just nicely for a side that has forgotten how to lose.

Austria head to Wembley after a confident Group C effort saw them seal two wins out of three to finish behind the Netherlands in qualifying for the knockouts.

They beat North Macedonia and Ukraine either side of defeat to the Dutch in Amsterdam to seal safe passage as the competing nations are whittled down from the starting 24.

The big guns are largely back for Italy, although veteran captain Giorgio Chiellini is odds against thanks to his hamstring problem earlier in the competition.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo looks set to continue in place of the injured Alessandro Florenzi at the back, while Mancini’s primary head-scratcher is just how to squeeze Marco Verratti into his midfield.

Star man David Alaba could once again play absolutely anywhere for the Austrians.

Konrad Laimer and Christoph Baumgartner are both injury doubts for a side that need to muster all the resources they can to challenge their imposing opponents in the English capital.

Probable Italy Starting XI: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Spinazzola, Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Nicolo Barella, Domenico Berardi, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.

Probable Austria Starting XI: Daniel Bachmann, Daniel Lainer, Alexander Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, Andreas Ulmer, Stefan Ilsanker, Florian Grillitsch, Xaver Schlager, Marcel Sabitzer, David Alaba, Marko Arnautovic.

Prediction methodology explained: The 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.