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England vs Iceland, France vs Ireland: Who'll qualify for July 3, 2016 quarter-final fixture?

June 25, 2016 By Michelle Bonsu
Get ready to see England vs. Iceland and France vs. Ireland fighting for a quarter-finals berth. We predict who'll make it as well as provide all your viewing options for both games and the upcoming quarter-final.

All eight of the round of 16 fixtures at UEFA Euro 2016 are truly interesting ones, and England vs. Iceland and France vs. the Republic of Ireland are no exceptions. Two of these teams have never featured in a knockout round at a European championship, and in fact, one is the smallest ever nation to take part at a major football tournament.

On Sunday, we will see hosts France battle the Republic of Ireland, followed by a very intriguing clash between England and Iceland on Monday. Which two sides will head through to the next round? Let's have a look.

When and where to watch England vs Iceland

Placed in Group B, England's quartet by far was not the most difficult at this summer's tournament. In fact, one could even go so far as to say that the Three Lions got really lucky. They had two debutants - Slovakia and Wales - for company, plus a Russian side that really were not expected to cause any trouble for anyone.

However, Roy Hodgson's men did not cruise through as people would have expected. They ended up throwing two points away by allowing Russia to equalize, and despite rebounding against Wales to pick up a 2-1 win, they were still not as dominant as anticipated. By far, however, their most disappointing showing was against Slovakia, where they failed to find a breakthrough and had to settle for yet another point. Still, they are fortunate that finishing second did not hurt them too much.

Why? Because Iceland managed to shock everyone to finish second in Group F! England would surely have faced either Portugal or Austria - except that both teams disappointed in their quartet. Against all odds, the team, aptly nicknamed Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys) made it through without losing and managing to hold their own in a tricky group.

Battle of no. 10's: Wayne Rooney and Swansea City's Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson will be facing off as England take on Iceland on Monday

This round of 16 tie between England and Iceland will be taking place at the Stade de Nice. But if you can't get there to watch it live, no problem. LiveSoccerTV.com has all the options to tune in to this match, and below are the selections for fans residing in the following countries:

- In the USA at 15.00 EST/12.00 PST on: ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN3 USA,  ESPN Deportes TV, ESPN Deportes Radio

- In the UK at 20.00 BST on: TalkSport Radio UK, BBC Radio 5 Live, ITV 1 UK, The ITV Hub

- In Canada at 15.00 ET on: TSN Radio 1040 | 1410 Vancouver, RDS, TSN5, TSN3, TSN4, TSN1

For those who reside elsewhere, check out our special England vs. Iceland broadcast page.

When and where to watch France vs Republic of Ireland

Regardless of what anyone says, revenge will be on the back of Ireland's minds as they come into this fixture. Seven years ago, France and Ireland squared off for a two-legged World Cup 2010 qualifier, which Les Bleus ended up heading to South Africa after winning 2-1. The second game, however, was marred by controversy due to Thierry Henry's handball in the build up to France's late goal.

France secured their spot here by winning Group A, with two wins and one draw. They did leave it very late to decide their games, with three out of their four goals coming after the 89th minute, but nonetheless it was enough to earn them the deserved top spot in their quartet. As for the Republic of Ireland, they too, needed a late goal in order to help them progress. In fact, after losing to Belgium and drawing Sweden, the Green Army looked set for another early exit.

That is, until Robbie Brady grabbed a late header against Italy to down the Azzurri, give Ireland their first win at this tournament, and seal their spot in the knockout rounds for the first time ever. Due to the expanded format, the four best-third placed teams get a shot to feature at this juncture. But how did France and Ireland get paired off? It can be a bit tricky, so let's have a look at this table:

As you can see, France won Group A. Ireland finished third in Group E, and were ranked third in third-placed sides, behind Slovakia (Group B), and Northern Ireland (Group C), but ahead of Portugal (Group F). 

The Stade de Lyon will be hosting this clash between France and the Republic of Ireland. For those unable to make it in person, LiveSoccerTV.com has all the options to tune in to this game. Below you'll find selections for fans residing in the following countries:

- In the USA at 09.00 EST/06.00 PST on: ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN3 USA, SiriusXM FC, ESPN Deportes TV, ESPN Deportes Radio

- In the UK at 14.00 BST on: The ITV Hub, ITV 1 UK, TalkSport Radio UK, BBC Radio 5 Live

- In Canada at 09.00 ET on: TSN Radio 1040 | 1410 Vancouver, TSN5, TSN3, TSN1, TSN4, RDS

Live elsewhere? Check out our special France vs. Republic of Ireland broadcast page for viewing times and options for wherever you call home.

Who will qualify for this UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-final fixture scheduled for July 3?

So now it gets interesting as we take a look who will qualify for the next round, and who will be on the plane heading home early. Let's have a look at some quick stats for this duo of round of 16 fixtures.

England vs. Iceland - If Iceland want to have any shot at beating England, they may need to push this game to spot-kicks. The Three Lions have reached the knockout rounds in three out of the last five Euro championships, but lost on penalties in 1996, 2004, and 2012 (vs. Germany, Portugal, and Italy).

France vs. Republic of Ireland - Ireland haven't beaten France in competitive play since October 1981. Furthermore, France have not lost in their last 15 competitive fixtures played on home soil (13 wins, two draws). They are also unbeaten in their past five games against Ireland (two wins, three draws). Interestingly, goals between these two are in short supply: only four goals have been scored in their last five meetings (three for France and one for Ireland).

At the end of these two matches, the winner of the England-Iceland clash will take on whoever comes out on top from the France-Republic of Ireland tie. So, the four potential quarter-final matches are: England vs. France, England vs. Republic of Ireland, France vs. Iceland, and Iceland vs. Republic of Ireland.

July 3, 2016 UEFA Euro quarter-final fixture prediction

This indeed is a very interesting quartet. Two teams, England and France, are among the top sides in the world. The other two, Republic of Ireland and Iceland are debutants in the knockout rounds, and in fact, Iceland have never played in a Euro competition prior to this event. Yet despite their "minnow" status, both the Green Army and Our Boys have fared pretty well so far - especially Iceland, who held off Portugal to pick up a well-deserved point and beat dark horses Austria on matchday three.

Pure passion: This commentator went absolutely mad following Iceland's last gasp goal against Austria. Iceland have captivated the hearts of neutrals worldwide with their never-give-up attitude so far!

 

As much as anti-English and French fans, and those who really love a good Cinderella story would want to see Iceland vs. Republic of Ireland in the quarter-finals, we all know that's highly unlikely to happen. Unfortunately, the odds appear slim to none for us to see a Leicester City-esque story at this Euro tournament...although Greece did manage to win it back in 2004.

Neither the Three Lions nor Les Bleus have been at their stellar best, but they have the experience and overall quality to successfully see off Iceland and Ireland to set up a very interesting quarter-finals tie between England and France on July 3rd.

That is...unless if Iceland can push the game to spot-kicks. And then again, football is unpredictable, so anything is possible!

Where to watch the July 3, 2016 quarter-final: time, channels to watch live

Not fortunate to have snagged a ticket to catch the game in person at the Stade de France? Don't worry. LiveSoccerTV.com has all the options to tune in via TV, computer, phone, or tablet.

Here are all the choices for fans residing in the following countries:

- In the USA at 15.00 EST/12.00 PST on: ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes TV, ESPN Deportes Radio

- In the UK at 20.00 BST on: TalkSport Radio UK

- In Canada at 15.00 ET on: TSN5, RDS, TSN3, TSN Radio 1040 | 1410 Vancouver, TSN4, TSN1

Please be advised that all listings will appear automatically on the July 3, 2016 UEFA Euro quarter-final page. You will also find specific viewing options and times for wherever you are currently based.

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