The round of 16 gets underway on Saturday afternoon as Poland and Switzerland meet in Saint-Etienne. Both teams remain unbeaten in the competition and this promises to be a fascinating clash between two nations taking their bow in the knockout stages of the European Championship.
Poland will feel that they could and should have secured top spot in Group C, for they defeated both Northern Ireland and Ukraine, but Adam Nawalka's side passed up a number of gilt-edged chances in their goalless draw with Germany.
Nevertheless, there is plenty of cause for optimism in the Polish camp ahead of Saturday's showdown, for Poland, alongside Die Mannschaft, are just one of two teams yet to concede a goal at Euro 2016.
Adam Nawalka's side are 13/8 (2.63) favourites to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a victory this weekend, while the Poles are priced up at 8/11 (1.73) to progress to the last eight.
Betway go 21/10 (3.10) that Switzerland are celebrating at the end of normal time, with the same firm offering 11/10 (2.10) that Vladimir Petkovic's team reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in 62 years.
Each of the previous three matches in Saint-Etienne at Euro 2016 has ended all square and Betway offer 15/8 (2.88) that the trend continues in this match.
With 33 goals in qualifying for this tournament and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski leading the line, Poland were expected to get amongst the goals this summer, but it is the remarkable defensive discipline of Nawalka's side that has won them plaudits.
It would be foolish, though, to underestimate the power that the Poles possess in attack. Lewandowski will surely rediscover his predatory instincts sooner rather than later, while Arkadiusz Milik, who grabbed the only goal in Poland's win over Northern Ireland, has enhanced his burgeoning reputation with some impressive displays for his country in this tournament.
Switzerland laboured to a 1-0 win against Albania to get their campaign off to a solid start, but Petkovic's side were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Romania in their second game.They secured their place in the knockout stages with a drab draw against hosts France in their final group fixture and, in truth, Petkovic's men have yet to impress.
Between them, these two teams have conceded just one goal in the competition thus far and, therefore, it is unsurprising that the odds compilers offer 4/11 (1.36) that fewer than three goals are scored in this match.
Switzerland will look to keep things tight, but if Poland can find the kind of form that made them the continent’s top scorers in qualifying for this tournament, they will be good enough to squeeze past the Swiss.
Punters, therefore, are advised to snap up the generous 13/8 (2.63) quote offered up by Betway for Poland to prevail inside 90 minutes in Saturday’s last 16 clash in Saint-Etienne.
|Poland to win at 13/8 (2.63) for a 2pt stake with Betway|