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Euro 2016 has already dispensed with one manager after Roy Hodgson quit as England boss, so plenty of others will be feeling the pressure in the last eight.

Belgium will be hoping to avoid a banana skin of their own as they go head-to-head with Wales, and anything less than a victory will surely raise questions about Marc Wilmots' future.

Meanwhile, Germany and Italy's quarter-final is almost too close to call. Joachim Low has the stronger squad on paper, but there is just something about Antonio Conte's side at this tournament that means you would be foolish to write them off.

We take a look at some of the key battles in the latest round of fixtures and discuss who are the best picks for this week's DraftKings' fantasy football line-up.

Julian Draxler (Germany) vs. Antonio Candreva (Italy)

Julian Draxler and Antonio Candreva could, in fact, be playing against each other in the Premier League next season, as the former is a target for Manchester United, while the latter has been linked with a reunion with new Chelsea and current Italy boss Antonio Conte.

Lazio midfielder Candreva scored 10 goals in Serie A last season, so he could easily pick up +10 fantasy points in this one. He's also already provided one assist in this tournament, which earned him +6 points.


In comparison, Draxler only scored five goals in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg last season, but there's a reason why he's more of a household name than Candreva.

As he showed with his sublime goal against Slovakia, Draxler is an immensely skilful player and, at just 22, he is getting better and better. Despite his lack of years, Draxler isn't afraid to shoot, and shots on goal are worth +1 point with an extra point if they're on target.

Italy will run them close, but Germany's attack might well be too much for them, so Draxler is the one to opt for here.

Click here to select Julian Draxler. 

Paul Pogba (France) vs. Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland)

France could have been forgiven for preparing to face England in the quarters, but of course, it will be Iceland who will be heading to Paris.

England clearly hadn't prepared for Aron Gunnarsson's Rory Delap-esque long throw, but France must make sure they know how to counter it. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old, who developed his throw-in technique in his days at Coventry City, is primarily a defensive midfielder, so most of his points will come as +1 tackles and +0.5 interceptions.

Iceland's midfield may have looked decent against Roy Hodgson's inept band of players, but France have some serious talent who will put them in their place, none more so than Paul Pogba.

Pogba is one of Manchester United's main targets this summer and it's easy to see why. The Frenchman's only real weakness is his tendency to give fouls away, as each occasion loses him -0.5 points, but the way he bosses the midfield is the reason he is set to become the world's most expensive player this summer.

Gunnarsson might be better for ownership as not as many people will have thought of him, but he struggled to get in the Cardiff team last season, so there is only one winner here.

Click here to select Paul Pogba. 

Gareth Bale (Wales) vs. Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Wales' attack might be all about Gareth Bale, but Eden Hazard is one of a number of players who can make the difference for Belgium.

The Chelsea midfielder only gave a glimpse of his best form towards the very end of last season, but in Belgium's 4-0 win over Hungary, he was back to his brilliant best, scoring the third goal.

That led Toby Alderweireld to claim Hazard is just as good as Bale, but that has been met with more than a few raised eyebrows. The Welsh superstar might soon be surpassed as the world's most expensive player, but there's no way he's being upstaged by Hazard in this one.

Bale scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists in La Liga last season and the fact that he did it consistently is what separates him from Hazard. As always, Bale will be on free-kick duty and even if he doesn't find the back of the net, the shots on goal alone will earn him +2 points each time, just so long as they are on target. 

Overall, Belgium might have the upper hand, but Bale's definitely the best pick here as Hazard simply can't be relied upon.

Click here to select Gareth Bale. 

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