EURO 2016 quarters picks, preview: Giants, minnows and hosts

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From Thursday until Sunday we will have one quarterfinal a day at EURO 2016.

Bring it on.

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Each game in France is full of intrigue as heavyweights collide, minnows are still around and the hosts are warming up.

Let’s take a look at all four games with predictions, links to live coverage, the schedule and more below.


Poland vs. Portugal
When: Thursday, 3 p.m. ET – Live on NBCSports.com
Where: Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Key Battle: Kamil Glik vs. Cristiano Ronaldo
Prediction: Portugal to win, 2-1 – I think the Ronaldo factor will just give Portugal the edge but it will be a tight game as both teams truly believe they can advance to the semifinals.

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal scores his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Hungary and Portugal at Stade des Lumieres on June 22, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wales vs. Belgium
When: Friday, 3 p.m. ET – Live on NBCSports.com
Where: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Key Battle: Gareth Bale vs. Toby Alderweireld
Prediction: Belgium to win 2-1 – Eden Hazard is on form and Gareth Bale can’t do it all on his own. A strong effort from Wales but Belgium will just have too much in attack.

TOULOUSE, FRANCE - JUNE 26: Belgium players applaud supporters after their 4-0 win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Hungary and Belgium at Stadium Municipal on June 26, 2016 in Toulouse, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Germany vs. Italy
When: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET – Live on NBCSports.com
Where: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Key Battle: Mario Gomez vs. Leonardo Bonucci
Prediction: Germany to win on penalties, 2-2 AET – This is going to be tense but I think an early goal could open things up. Italy have done superbly to get this far but Germany is clicking through the gears.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Antonio Conte head coach of Italy celebrates his team's 2-0 win with his team players and staffs after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France on June 27, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

France vs. Iceland
When: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET – Live on NBCSports.com
Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Key Battle: Blaise Matuidi vs. Gylfi Sigurdsson
Prediction: Iceland to win on PKs, 1-1 AET – Yep, I’m going with the upset. Iceland has got this far for a reason and even though the underdogs usually bow out in the quarterfinals, I think they have enough quality in attack to make the most of the sparse chances they’ll get. That, plus France has severely blown hot and cold this tournament. The dream goes on…

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Aron Gunnarsson (C) and Iceland players celebrate their team's 2-1 win with supporters after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)