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Raheem Sterling gets Pep talk boost ahead of Iceland start

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UEFA European Championship Last 16

England vs Iceland (prediction: 2-1)

Roy Hodgson is ready to restore Raheem Sterling as a starting player for England in their last 16 match against Iceland after the Manchester City player received a personal intervention from his future coach Pep Guardiola.

The Catalan manager had decided to get in touch with Sterling after learning that one of the players in his future club suffered from abuse and mounting criticism in France.

Guardiola had made his admiration on Sterling clear even as the 21-year-old was left out following two erratic performances in the opening Group B fixtures against Russia and Wales.

He explained that it was important to block out negative thinking and encouraged Sterling to remember his better qualities as they prepare to work alongside each other in Manchester next season.

“As long as you work for me, I’ll fight for you,” Guardiola told him in a phone call. “Keep your head up, don’t worry, I know you’re a good player and you are a big part of my plans.”

Sterling will be expected to replace former Liverpool teammate Adam Lallana in the left side England’s front three, with Harry Kane operating centrally and Daniel Sturridge on the right.

Team captain Wayne Rooney will return to central midfield, with Tottenham Hotspur full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker returning for England’s defense.

Both Sturridge and Rooney had given votes of confidence to Sterling.

Another former club teammate, Sturridge believes that Sterling is “one of the most talented players in the world”.

“It is just a matter of time before you see him take his game to the next level and I am sure that will be very soon,” Sturridge said. “In the games he has played for England, he has not performed as badly as people have made out – he has done quite well.”




EURO 2016: round of 16 predictions

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The matches for Euro’s round of 16 have been decided and will kick off this Saturday. Here are the predictions for this weekend clashes.


Switzerland vs Poland

Thus far, the Polish defense is the only formation capable of keeping everyone, even world champions Germany out. Though their attack could be underwhelming, they goal tally is right on par with Switzerland, who conceded once in a 1-1 draw against Romania. A slight advantage for Poland, although extra time can be expected.

Prediction: Poland 1-0 Switzerland

Wales vs Northern Ireland

After England vs Wales, this is another match that pits British Isle nations against each other. Still, Wales almost certainly holds definitive advantage with the sparkling forms of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen that won them a rout against Russia. Should Northern Ireland not shape up on defense heavily they certainly will face the same situation; but in the very least, both teams do share the same team spirit and fan support that carried them forward during hard times.

Prediction: Wales 2-1 Northern Ireland



Luka Modric and Croatia are surprise stars in the tournament so far.

Croatia vs Portugal

Croatia looked strong after emerging top of the group and above defending European champions Spain. Their comeback win against the odds-on favourite made them one of the favourite teams right now in the tournament. Additionally, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal are struggling to find form and had been unconvincing in defense. This could be an easy one for the Croatians and Luka Modric, who was seen returning to training.

Ps. If rumours of Modric helping out against the Sergio Ramos’s penalty were actually true, there is every chance that Croatia’s star midfielder could give pointers against Ronaldo too.

Prediction: Croatia 1-0 Portugal

France vs Republic of Ireland

With so much at stake in the knockout stages, there is hope for France that the pressure could get them so that they would perform much better in the group stage, than depend on late goals clinch results. But the odds are certainly against the Irish who needs all the Irish luck they could get against the host nation.

Prediction: France 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Germany vs Slovakia


Germany looked a shadow of their World Cup winning side, but when they had included Mario Gomez up front they were formidable once more. They potentially face a hard defense team against Slovakia in what could be the same scenario they experienced in the group stages. However, the talents that Jogi Loew’s team boasts is simply as undeniable as the coach’s sniffing habits are gross.

Prediction: Germany 2-0 Slovakia

Hungary vs Belgium

Hungary’s performance in the group stages went startlingly well. Their collective spirit brought them a win against Austria, and a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal – achieving the latter even when most of their main players were sitting the game out. But they face a hard foe against Belgium, who boasts talent but lack the ability to turn it into results. Their slim win against Sweden is proof enough.

Prediction: Belgium 2-1 Hungary



Final Euro group match round up: results and match predictions

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Group A (Result)

France vs Switzerland (0-0)

Romania vs Albania (0-1)

Final Euro group match round up results and match predictions

Armando Sadiku’s goal for Albania in the first half was enough for them to defeat and overtake Romania in the group standings and possibly progress the Eagles through to the playoff stages of Euro 2016.

Their first win after two consecutive losses came at the best time for the team. In truth, it was unfortunate for such a hardworking and robust team to have played two matches and nothing to show for.

But then came Sadiku, who scored with a header on a well-placed cross – and won the match for a deserved side.

In the other group match, France and Switzerland played to a goalless draw, resulting in France topping group A and the Swiss following them through to the knockout stages.

Group Standings


Group B (Matches and Predictions)

Wales vs Russia (1-0)

England vs Slovakia (2-0)


Wales and Gareth Bale will face Russia after their late defeat to England, playing for at least a draw that could carry them out into the knockout stages.

Russia, currently holding just one point, could go out early should they rely on their usual style of football. In any case, one can’t quite picture Wales being out early after their spirited performances.

Meanwhile, England looks to top their group after their late comeback win, but Roy Hodgson is gambling with their prospects against Slovakia.

The manager is prepared to leave captain Wayne Rooney out as part eight changes made to the team as they keenly wait for what could be a decider match in Group B.

Group Standings



Euro 2016 round up: results and match predictions

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Group A

France vs Albania (2-0)

Romania vs Switzerland (1-1)

Euro 2016 round up results and match predictions

France left it late again as Antoine Griezmann finally finds his mark while Dimitri Payet scores his second in the European tournament to sink Albania by 2 goals to nil.

Griezmann ended Albania’s stubborn resistance by heading in Adil Rami’s right-wing cross, while Payet sealed the game with the final kick. Both attempts were the game’s only two shots of target.

Meanwhile, Switzerland conceded a penalty early on, and were forced to equalize after the break.

Referee Sergei Karasev pointed to the spot after Stephan Lichsteiner grabbed a handful of Alexandru Chipciu’s shirt inside the box, and Bogdan Stancu puts it in despite stumbling as he struck the ball.

Switzerland was lucky to have even a point as they strived to find a way past their resolute opponents. It was also a rare error on Romaina’s part; a corner was mistakenly cleared to Admir Mehmedi’s path, and his subsequent first-time strike from 12 yards was good.

Group Standings


Group B

Russia vs Slovakia (1-2)

England vs Wales (2-1)

group b

England gets their first win in the European Championship with a comeback victory against Wales by 2-1.

Gareth Bale opened the scoreboard with a 30-yard free kick direct shot just before the break; a lapse from England keeper Joe Hart allows the ball to slip within the post and into the back of the net.

With an early exit looming, Roy Hodgson switched struggling forwards Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling for Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge. Vardy equalised with his first shot before Hodgson brought on Marcus Rashford and went for all-out attack.

It was effective, England dominated the entire game. But while the Welsh team was effectively suppressed, they defended solid enough to keep them out up until injury time. Then Sturridge sealed their fate as he work his way into the area and poke past keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Meanwhile, Slovakia also celebrates their first 3 points in Group B after winning against Russia. Marek Hamsik sets up Vladimir Weiss, who cut inside and side-footed Slovakia ahead. He then scored a dazzling one for Slovakia’s second as he received a short corner out wide before firing a shot in off the post.

Russia, who face disqualification if their fans misbehave inside stadiums, dared the wrath of UEFA as a flare ignites among their supporters when Denis Glushakov headed in their consolation goal late on.

Group Standings


Group C

Germany vs Poland (0-0)

Northern Ireland vs Ukraine (2-0)

group c

Northern Ireland made a historic win over Ukraine with a solid 2-0 score to mark their first win at a European Championship.

Early in the second half, Gareth McAuley headed in a perfectly delivered free-kick from Oliver Norwood before a hailstorm in Lyon forced the players off for two minutes. After the delay, Nial McGinn finished bottom-placed Ukraine off at injury time as he pounced on a rebound, earning Northern Ireland’s first major tournament finals in 34 years.

Ukraine’s elimination was then confirmed as Germany drew goalless against Poland later, which in turn ensures that Northern Ireland could confirm themselves in the knockout stages.

Group Standings

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Upcoming Matches and Predictions:

Czech Republic vs Croatia (1-1)

Spain vs Turkey (2-0)

Italy vs Sweden (2-1)

Belgium vs Republic of Ireland (0-0)

Iceland vs Hungary (1-1)

Portugal vs Austria (2-0)