Milik has been devastatingly wasteful. He's fluffed so many chances. Portugal have struggled to create chances against weaker back lines. I'm rooting for Portugal but if I had to bet I'd bet Poland wins todayPoland's defense has been extremely stingy. They didn't allow a goal in the Group Stage including against Germany. It took a wonder goal from Shaqiri to break through that. Fabianski has been wonderful deputizing Szczesny, though it looks like Woj is back for this game.
It's been Lewandowski and Milik that have struggled. Actually, I've been thoroughly disappointed with Milik's play. He has had many opportunities to finish, but his finishing has left much to be desired. While I don't think that Lewandowski has been great, I don't think that he has had the same opportunities to finish as Milik. Furthermore, I've seen him drop into midfield a lot away from goal. That's not where you want him playing.
I do think that if Poland can create as many changes as Croatia, they will be able to win this game. I've got Poland.
My semifinalists: Poland, Belgium, Germany, France
I've liked Italy a lot this tourney, but I'm not sure they can scrape together enough against the Germans. This is legitimately the first tournament that I've found myself rooting for Italy in games. I'm not rooting for them against Germany, but it's been a strange experience.
I'd love to see the Iceland Cinderella story continue, but France is the first team that they're playing with real quality...
Love to see Wales advance too - should add that Vertonghen may be out since he twisted his ankle in training.
I'd say that depending on the formation, DeBruyne, Hazard, Carrasco, and Mertens could be considered midfielders.Not sure they can move a midfielder back, because they only brought 4. Along with 8 forwards (if one thinks England taking 5 forwards was bad, yeesh)
I saw that Ritchie De Laet hasn't played for Belgium since 2009, is he persona non grata? He'd be useful with all the defenders out
Yeah, that position is going to be a major step down for the Azzurri. Plus, Germany is simply better. They have to be the favorites.He looked a step slow against Spain. It's a bigger issue because Thiago Motta is suspended.
Portugal 2-0Today: Portugal v Poland 3pm Eastern
Friday: Wales v Belgium 3pm Eastern
Saturday: Italy vs Germany 3pm Eastern
Sunday: France vs Iceland 3pm Eastern
I'll go with Portugal, Belgium, Germany, France.
Considering he just moved to a better club than Man U I really doubt he's going to be interested.He's been getting bossed around a bit by some Poles with Old Man Strength, but he is comfoable on the ball and dynamic in the final third. Man U should take a shot at signing him.