16 countries, 50 matches, 31 matches, one winner. Shout it loud people, Euro 2016 is here!
9jagooners.com’s octopus, @olisaosega will be predicting the outcome of every game at the 2016 European Championship.
He starts with the opening games in each group beginning with France vs Romania
France – Romania
I think France being the host should nick this one. Romania is a well disciplined side though, but I see them falling short here.
Prediction: France 1 : 0 Romania==============Result: France 2 : 1 Romania
Albania – Switzerland
Albania should not be underrated, for them to be here that means they have got some qualities, but I think the Swiss team have got enough quality to win this game.
Prediction: Albania 1 : 3 Switzerland==============Result: Albania 0 : 1 Switzerland
Wales – Slovakia
This will be a very tight one, both teams are evenly balanced, I’m tempted to go for Wales but you never know with the Welsh team, I think this will end in a draw.
Prediction: Wales 1 : 1 Slovakia==============Prediction: Wales 2 : 1 Slovakia
England – Russia
Some people’s favourite England, I’ve always doubted their abilitity in major competitions and they keep proving me right. But I think they will do enough to beat Russia, I don’t see Russia causing an upset.
Prediction: England 2 : 1 Russia==============Result: England 1 : 1 Russia
Poland – Northern Ireland
I like the set up of the polish team, with Lewandoski expected to provide the goals, I think they will nick this one.
Prediction: Poland 1: 0 Northern Ireland==============Result: Poland 1: 0 Northern Ireland
Germany – Ukraine
One of the tournament’s favourite, the German squad is oozing with so much class, Ukraine on the other hand is a very good team with players that can hurt you on their day but I think the world champion will be too much for them.
Prediction: Germany 3 : 0 Ukraine===========Result: Germany 2 : 0 Ukraine
Turkey – Croatia
This game will be very interesting to watch and promises goals, both teams are similar in terms pattern of play and how they set up, I think this might end in a draw.
Prediction: Turkey 2 : 2 Croatia==============Prediction: Turkey 0 : 1 Croatia
Spain – Czech
Another tournament’s favourite, the Spanish squad will have so much belief after doing so well in club football last season and also they won’t want a repeat of what happened in Brazil 2yrs ago, they should be too strong for the Czech team.
Prediction: Spain 3 :1 Czech==============Prediction: Spain 1 : 0 Czech
Republic of Ireland – Sweden
I’m going for a draw on this one, the Swedish team will always flatter to deceive while the Irish team are neither here nor there.
Prediction: Republic of Ireland 1 : 1 Sweden=========Result: Republic of Ireland 1 : 1 Sweden
Belgium – Italy
Wow. This game will be a cracker, a well oiled Belgian team against an experienced Italian side, let me Just lean slightly towards Belgium here.
Prediction: Belgium 2 :1 Italy==============Result: Belgium 0 : 2 Italy
Austria – Hungary
It’s a matter of who wants it more in this game, I think Austria will win.
Austria 2 : 0 Hungary
Portugal – Iceland
The Portuguese team are another perennial underachievers, I think they have another opportunity to make a mark in a major tournament and they won’t have an ‘easier’ game than this.
Portugal 3 :0 Iceland