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Wales v Northern Ireland Euro 2016

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 25th June

A home nation showdown in the round of sixteen. Wales were ranked fourth to win their group while Northern Ireland were rank outsiders to qualify from their tough group. So hats off to both of them already for their big success in making it this far and we can be assured that at least one home nation will be in the quarter finals. Northern Ireland have failed to beat Wales at the last five attempts, but can they dig in there at the back to keep Gareth Bale quiet and perhaps strike through a set play?

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Wales v Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Infographic

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Tips

This is a great looking tie and this would probably have not happened were it not for the newly expanded format of the tournament. Now we have a big home nations clash to look forward too. Wales are favourites and they have gone unbeaten in their last eight matches against Northern Ireland, who haven’t beaten the Welsh since back in 1980. So you have big head to head form advantage with the Dragons in this one and Wales put together a pretty good group stage campaign overall. They took wins over Slovakia and Russia, contrasting ones at that with a scrappy one over Slovakia and then a very impressive one over Russia. Their only slip was letting in a late goal against England to lose 2-1. But for the team who were the outsiders to win Group B, Wales did very well and carry confident form forwards to the knockout stage of the Euros, this being only their second time they have been to the second stage of major tournament.

So more history is made here with the fact that his is the first time ever that two British sides have faced off in the knockout stages of a major tournament. The fact that Wales won their group, showing a lot of belief in themselves, flew in the face of their form going into the tournament, which wasn’t good. They have only posted a W2 D1 L3 record overall in their last six played, so it isn’t good form, but they are playing well at the moment and have tremendous spirit. Gareth Bale of course has been crucial to their progress, having netted three of their five goals so far at the tournament. Bale is a 3/1 outright favourite in the first goalscorer market for the match. No-one else really warrants much of a look. However, you would picture this being a tight, low scoring affair and under 2.5 goals is a 4/11 punt at Betfred.

Northern Ireland then are underdogs, but they have a certain grit about them. They may need their defence to really be on its toes in this one. The Irish have only suffered the two defeat in their last fifteen games, which is fantastic. However, those have both been in the group stage of Euro 2016, so there’s the concern. Those defeats were 1-0 failures against Poland and Germany, so strong opposition and the Irish didn’t get blown away although they didn’t pose much of an attacking threat in either. Kyle Lafferty is a 7/2 option in the anytime goalscorer market for this one, and like Gareth Bale, he scored seven goals through qualifications. The difference here is that he hasn’t scored at Euro 2016. The Irish will struggle for goals, that is something that they live with and have returned just the one goal in their last three against Wales. But they will be a threat through set plays and Wales have just the one clean sheet in their last six.

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Odds

Wales even money, Draw 21/10, Northern Ireland 4/1

Wales v Northern Ireland Predictions

Because you would picture this being a tight home nations affair, you would probably have to look for the side who have the game-changers. That would be Wales through Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey who have both been good through the tournament. Northern Ireland will dig in there are scrap it out, but may just come up short against Wales who will be full of confidence after having hammered Russia.


25th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Russia v Wales Euro 2016

Russia v Wales Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 20th June

The state of play in this one for the Welsh is that they need a big defensive display to earn a point. A point would put them through to the next round and send the Russians home at the same time. So Russia have one final chance to get this right and put a win on the board. If Russia win this they could climb their way up into second place in the group. But will the Russians, who haven’t looked great, be able to break through the superb Welsh defence for the three points that they need?

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Russia v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

Russia v Wales Betting Tips

The situation is a little more dire for Russia heading into this one than it is for the Welsh. The Russians have no choice but to be positive in this one and go in search of the victory that would maybe see them through to the next round. Russia hasn’t shown much pace or much threat of anything so far in their two previous games. They took a huge slice of luck to earn a point against England in their opener and were then outworked by Slovakia in a 2-1 defeat in their second group. Now their backs are against the wall and it is win or bust for them. Where is that win going to come from though? They haven’t shown much creativity and that is the one thing that they may need to break down Wales, because they will facing a pretty solid defence. Under 2.5 goals in this one is a quote of 8/15.

Artem Dzyuba, who was Russia’s top scorer through qualifying has yet to get off the mark at the championship and he is a price of 21/10 in the anytime goalscorer market to make a breakthrough against Wales. After the way that they lost against Slovakia, it is hard to see Russia being in high spirits here and the longer that We keep them at bay, the more deflated they may become. Russia have only managed the one win in their last six games played now, but that is exactly all that Wales have managed in their last six matches respectively took. These two nations last came together back in 2008 during World Cup 2010 qualifiers and it was Russia who took the win 3-1 making it three wins in their last three games against the Welsh. You can take a Russia 1-0 correct score punt for a quote of 13/2.

Russia haven’t played very well at Euro 2106 and neither have Wales. The best aspect of the Welsh game was shown in their loss against England when their defence was, by and large, very good. They repellent a lot of the pressure that England was putting on them and they aren’t likely to come under quite as much from the Russians. The problem for Wales is going forward and with two of their three goals coming from Gareth Bale direct free kicks, they may have to push for the draw only here. Bale is trading at 7/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for the game. A draw would be enough for them and that’s what they may set their stall out for. But that’s a dangerous game and they have only earned one clean sheet in their last eight matches. There may well be a tense finish to all of this in Group B.

Russia v Wales Betting Odds

Russia 8/5, Wales 15/8, Draw 12/5

Russia v Wales Predictions

Tough to pick a winner here. Russia have very little pace, the Welsh don’t have a lot to offer in attack, but their defence is more than capable of standing strong signals the Russians. It is going to be a tight game therefore so go under 2.5 goals. It’s so hard to pick a winner out of this, so settle for the draw instead.


17th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

England v Wales Euro 2016

England v Wales Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 16th June

England again failed to win an opening match at a European Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Russia. The Three Lions looked comfortable for most of the match and then their defence let them down in stoppage time, conceding an equaliser. That was a tough blow and they now have to pick themselves up for the home nations derby clash against Wales on Thursday. Wales will be buoyant after winning their opener against Slovakia. Will they feel the backlash of the Three Lions or will they be able to stunt the progress of their rivals even further?

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England v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

England v Wales Betting Tips

There were positives and negatives to be taken from England’s energetic opener against Russia at Euro 2016. The positives were that they went into the game with an attack-minded approach and they lived up to it for the most part and looked a decent side. However, the negatives would be that they weren’t more ruthless because they could and should have had the game won by half time and their defence crumbled when it just needed to stand tall for two minutes at the end of the game. So all that has culminated in extra pressure on them to go out and win the game against Wales. This could have been a lot more comfortable going into this one, but maybe the pressure will see them find that extra edge. They know that they are going to go into this and get a tough game from the Welsh. When it comes to spirit, heart, energy and determination, the Welsh will more than match the English out on the pitch.

This one is likely to be intense, because of the situation in the group and because of it being a clash between home nations. Six of the last seven games between England and Wales have drifted away under 2.5 goals and it would make sense to follow suit in this one and run with that trend. Under 2.5 goals is a 3/4 quote at online betting site Stan James for this game. England have won their last four games on the bounce against Wales and have kept a clean sheet in each of them. The last time they came together was competitively when they are matched up in Euro 2012 qualifying, England coming out on top in both of them. You can back England to win to nil at a 6/4 quote for this latest meeting and conceding that England have taken five clean sheets in their last seven against Wales, it’s a reasonable punt. An England 1-0 correct score is a 5/1 quote on the game, while Harry Kane, who wasn’t great against Russia, even money to score in the anytime goalscorer market.

Gareth Bale is a 2/1 shot to score in the match along with pretty much the rest of England’s forwards. Bale opened the scoring in Wales’ 2-1 win over Slovakia, to give the Welsh a good foothold in the group and something to play for here. Would they be totally unhappy with a draw against England? Probably not. Against Slovakia they had their moments of being in control, but they also found themselves on the back foot for most of the final third of the game, especially after Slovakia had muddled their equaliser in. Wales then have lost their last four against England and so are big underdogs here and you are looking at a price of even on them to get a goal on board through the Both Teams To Score market. Wales have won just two of their last eight fixtures now and the win over Slovakia has been their only one in their last five. They will fight tooth and nail all the way in this and would love to heap more pressure on England.

England v Wales Betting Odds

England 4/7, Draw 3/1, Wales 6/1

England v Wales Predictions

Wales are more than likely going to be able to keep the score down in this one. England don’t quite look to have figured out their best set up yet and Wales will scrap for every ball. They aren’t as good as England, but this is a one off shot for them to produce something big through their spirit alone. Their lack of forward output though may be their downfall and an England one goal winning margin has the most appeal.


15th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

England v Wales Euro 2016

Here it comes then, the big home nation clash that fans have been waiting for ever since the draw for Euro 2016 was made. It is England v Wales and for the English, they have heaped a load more pressure on themselves for this game after failing to have won their opening fixture of Group B. Wales meanwhile were celebrating a huge three points that they earned after downing Slovakia and that could make this a much tougher game for England.

Wales would probably be happy enough with a point out of this then, having three in the bag. It is a whole different scenario than if England had taken maximum points against Russia and Wales had failed to do so against Slovakia. So England have to come out and push hard for the win after being denied at the death in their opener against Russia. England were in control for most of the game against the Russians, but didn’t take enough of their chances and paid the price.

The biggest concern over England going into the tournament was their defence and that failed them right at the death in a 1-1 draw. So a hammer blow, not only in terms of points but in confidence as well. Will that have damaged their confidence or will it have spurred them on and shaken out any complacency that they may have had after having gone to France 2016 so heavily hyped and heavily backed in the outright winner market?

England v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

England are strong 4/7 favourites to win the game against Wales still and if you look back at history, that suggests the Three Lions will edge the victory. England are on a seven match winning streak against Wales and have conceded just the one goal in that sequence of games. So an England to win to nil wager will return you a price of 5/4 on the match betting. It will be tempting to some punters with the odds-on price on England, while the Welsh are a big 6/1 price to take the win.

Wales may set their stall out to defy the English and settle for the point and that will make them dangerous. As they showed in their opener, they can work hard and dig in there and they can play with endeavour. The hard work and spirit that they put may even outshine that work ethic of England when it boils down to it, but would it be enough for Wales to stretch out and win the game? That’s a whole different ballpark as naturally they are big underdogs in this one.

England’s forwards didn’t quite click against Russia, with Harry Kane disappointing, but he is even money in the anytime goalscorer market, with Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford around the 2/1 mark to net. That’s where Gareth Bale is at in the market to score for Wales and he is already off the mark with his free kick against Slovakia to open the scoring in that game.

Wales had patches where they were on the back foot against Slovakia, who had pace in them. That may be a snapshot of what they can face when they take on England, who played a positive game but the quality and ruthlessness at the end of the day was lacking for the Three Lions. Roy Hodgson’s men need to prove themselves in this big home nations derby now. Under 2.5 goals at a quote of 3/4 suggests that this is going to be tight and with six of the last seven meetings having produced two goals or less, this is likely going to be another tight duel between these two.

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15th June 2016 / marcus - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Slovakia Euro 2016

Wales v Slovakia Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 11th June

Slovakia pulled out a shock result recently when they went on the road to Germany for a friendly and won 3-1. Think of that and their win over Spain during qualifying, where they finished three points ahead of the Ukraine and this would appear to be a tough game for the Welsh. Wales will need Gareth Bale at his very best because their opponents may be hard to break down. Wales struggled for goals during qualifying and there may not be much give and take in this one. It should be a tight one.

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Wales v Slovakia Euro 2016 Infographic

Wales v Slovakia Betting Tips

You have to be a little bit worried about the fact that Wales are not in winning touch at the moment. Wales have won only one of their last seven matches and that victory was a 2-0 home struggle against Andorra at the back end of Euro 2016 qualifying. So there are concerns about their ability to get out of Group B at Euro 2016 which also houses Russia and England. The have lost four of their last six played as well, so they can not exactly be full of confidence, and the 3-0 defeat they suffered in Sweden in their final warm up match ahead of the finals won’t have helped either. Wales and Slovakia have met just twice before and that was back during Euro 2008 qualifiers. Both scored five goals in recording respective away wins in those two meetings. That’s thirteen goals in the previous two meetings then.

It’s hard to see either of these running up five goals at the moment. Wales only scored eleven during qualifying in total. Behind seven of those goals was Gareth Bale who netted seven and he is a 4/1 first goalscorer on or the game while he is 7/5 in the anytime goalscorer market. Wales have one clean sheet in their last seven remember so you can take a punt at Both Teams To Score perhaps for a price of 5/4, not a bad punt given their brief history between these two. Wales are looking terrifically strong defensive and you never know, Gareth Bale could produce a piece of magic. The difficulty here knowing what they are facing. Slovakia have looked equal parts hopeless and pretty decent recently.

Overall Slovakia finished second in their qualification campaign behind Spain and they did land that win over Spain along the way as well. They also took a big 3-1 win in Germany during a friendly recently and that alone would suggest that they are going to more than match up to Wales. You can’t argue with their form really because they have gone unbeaten in their last eight games, which all started with a victory in their final Euro 2016 qualifying match. They have produced draws against both Northern Ireland, Ireland (where they looked awful) and have beaten Germany and Georgia in their last four games. The wins over Georgia and Germany were both by 3-1 scoreline. There could be more goals that meets the eye in this one.

Wales v Slovakia Betting Odds

Wales 15/8, Slovakia 15/8, Draw 2/1

Wales v Slovakia Predictions

Given the comparative form of the two here you would have to swing with Slovakia for the win. They may well keep Gareth Bale quiet and give the Welsh a rough night. However, the draw has the biggest appeal here in the outright. Simply because you just don’t quite know which Slovakia is going to turn up.


11th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Football Betting

Wales v Sweden Betting Preview

Wales will head to Euro 2016 with this game as their only warm up match since March. So their players should be well rested as opposed to other nations who have been going through the motions of playing friendly warm up matches. Sweden would normally present themselves as a tough opponent but the Swedes are out of winning touch as the moment and if Wales could bag a win here, it would do their confidence a whole world of good before heading to France 2016.

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Wales v Sweden Betting Tips

The Welsh will be looking to head off to Euro 2016 in a confident mood. This is the only warm up match that they are going through with ahead of the tournament. So does that mean that they are banking on freshness and boss Chris Coleman knows exactly what line up he will be sending out at Euro 2016? The last time they played was back in March when they suffered a 1-0 loss in the Ukraine. A win on Sunday against the Swedes would do them a world of good as the Welsh have won just two of their last seven international games (competitive and friendly) putting up a W2 D2 L3 record in that sequence. Through Euro 2016 qualification, while they were great at the back, they were lacking in offensive output. In total they scored just the eleven goals in their ten qualification matches and one man, yes Gareth Bale, scored seven of those eleven goals.

There’s nothing needed to be said about the importance of Bale to the Welsh hopes at Euro 2016. He is trading at 8/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for Sunday’s game but it’s not overly likely that he will get a full game under his belt. There’s no need to risk injury ahead of the tournament at all really. The Welsh have only gone up against the Swedes twice before and those two fixtures managed to produce just the one goal in total between them. The first encounter was a 0-0 draw in 1958 and it was back in 2010 for their most recent meeting, a game which Sweden won 1-0. So it’s hard to see a lot of goals flying around in this one given the brief history between these two. Under 2.5 goals look a probable shot at a price of 3/5 with online betting site Bet365, considering that the Welsh defence was good through qualification.

Wales have Bale, Sweden have Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their talisman. The big Swede is likely heading into his last international tournament at Euro 2016 and given the current look of the Swedish outfit, they are going to need him at his very best. They have a tricky group ahead of them there as they take on Belgium, Ireland and Italy. The Swedes have posted just the one win in their last six matches and have only won just the four of their last eleven. So neither of these are exactly in hot winning form at the moment, the Swedes having drawn four of their last six and that may not be a bad call in the outright market. They only managed a 0-0 draw against Slovenia in their last match just at the end of May. Unless Bale or Ibrahimovic turn up in top gear, this is unlikely to be a thriller.

Wales v Sweden Betting Odds

Sweden even money, draw 23/10, Wales 3/1

Wales v Sweden Predictions

Both sides will probably be taking it relatively easily ahead of Euro 2016 particularly in trying to protect their respective prize assets. The two previous meetings between these two weren’t laden with goals so look under 2.5 goals for the game and there has to be some big appeal in a draw playing itself out.

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4th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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25th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Football Betting

Ukraine v Wales Betting Preview

The Ukraine are sliding along nicely in some good form at the moment and will be a difficult side for Wales to take down on Monday night. The Ukraine are generally a very strong home unit and with the Welsh travelling there still not at full strength with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey missing, it’s likely going to be a big ask of them to record the win. The Welsh failed to beat Northern Ireland in Cardiff during the week and they go as heavy underdogs on their long trip to the Ukraine.

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Ukraine v Wales Betting Tips

The Welsh failed to take a win over Northern Ireland on Thursday and a game which lacked a bit of a cutting edge both ways. Wales have taken just a W2 D2 L2 record now over their last six internationals and Thursday’s game showed how much they need the driving and creativity forces of Aaron Ramsey And Gareth Bale in their set up. Wales have taken just one win in their last five matches played now but they have hit the back of the net in each of their last three. Simon Church was on the scoresheet with an 89th minute penalty against Northern Ireland on Thursday. Their last three games have been at home but the last time they did go away, they lost 2-0 against Bosnia-Herzegovina towards the end of Euro 2016 qualifying.

Simon Church and Sam Vokes are both 3/1 anytime goalscorer options for Friday night and look the best options for the Welsh to get on the scoresheet. There’s not a lot of history between Wales and the Ukraine, only two previous match ups. That happened back during World Cup 2002 qualifying and both of the games ended in a 1-1 draw. You can take a price of 6/1 in the Correct Score market for another 1-1 result to appear between them at online betting site Boylesports. Wales had the better of the first half against Northern Ireland, but they still looked pretty vulnerable across the entire 90 minutes and they will have a much tougher game on their hands on Monday night. This will be a big test of their resilience.

The Ukraine have suffered just the one defeat in their last seven games and so are moving along pretty nicely. They need to be in some definite form and keep it up as well because they have a tough group at Euro 2016 where they take on Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland in Group C. Tough draw for them. They have won their last two games on home soil, both with a clean sheet and have won three of their last four in the Ukraine actually. The only loss on that sequence of home games was against Spain during Euro 2016 qualifiers and that is their only defeat in their last seven. So they are pretty solid and tough and have banked four clean sheets in their last six games. Wales may have a really tough time breaking them down on Monday night and the Ukraine can be backed at 7/4 to win to nil with Andriy Yarmolenko is 6/5 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market.

Ukraine v Wales Betting Odds

Ukraine 8/11, Draw 13/5, Wales 16/5

Ukraine v Wales Predictions

This may be a really hard game for Wales to get out of without suffering a defeat. It is a friendly yes and that lack of competitiveness may help them hang in there, but they face a good Ukraine side at the end of the day and are likely to come out on the losing end. The Ukraine are playing well and have been particularly good on home soil with a tight defence. Home win.

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26th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Betfred

Well there will be one notable absentee in Thursday night’s Wales v Northern Ireland international friendly clash in Cardiff. Who is that? That will be Welshman Gareth Bale who misses international duty this time around. The Real Madrid star netted seven of the eleven goals that Wales collectively scored during their qualification campaign.

His absence has left Sam Vokes as the shortest priced option in the First Goalscorer market for Wales v Northern Ireland this week. The Burnley man has netted 12 league goals in the Championship so far for the Clarets and has netted six goals for Wales in his career. Vokes is 6/1 outright favourite in the First Goalscorer market for Wales v Northern Ireland betting.

Just out at a little longer price than him you have Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty who was the star of the show during Euro 2016 qualification. He top scored with seven goals in Group F, so that was almost half of the 16 goals that they scored as a total. So the Norwich man is the man for the men in green.

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23rd March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Football Betting

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Preview

Both nations are riding high at the moment and both successfully booked their places at Euro 2016 with automatic spots. Now it is time to build towards the summer’s finals and the two come together in a rare meeting. There have been just the five previous meetings between Northern Ireland and Wales and it is the Welsh with the head to head lead. But they will be missing star players on Thursday night in Cardiff and Northern Ireland may fancy their chances of booking just their second win over the Welsh.

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Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Tips

The Welsh will be looking for some confidence on home soil here. Unfortunately for them they will have to do it without star players Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Bale is pretty much Wales as an attacking unit, almost the one-man-band of the whole parade. He is a loss to them and the Welsh really need him on top of his game and fit for the Euro 2016 trials ahead this summer. During Euro 2016 the Welsh did a brilliant job in finishing second behind Belgium in their group. It was the four points which they took against Belgium which really were defining points of the campaign. Wales conceded only four goals in their ten qualification matches. They only scored eleven themselves though so it’s clear to see that they are not a side bursting with goals, which is why they need that influence of Bale as much as possible. Thursday night’s game to go under 2.5 goals is trading at 8/15 with online betting site Betvictor.

With the absence of Bale, Sam Vokes is trading as 7/4 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market and if they can get him in international scoring form for the summer, it will be a massive boon. Wales have gone W2 D1 L2 in their last five games played so not in the greatest of current form. The two wins in that sequence came against Cyprus and Andorra, while the defeats came against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Euro 2016 qualifying and then a 3-2 loss against the Netherlands in a field in mid-November last year. In their last five games, Wales have scored just the five goals, failing to strike in two of those matches. Following the game against Northern Ireland, Wales head out on the road to take on the Ukraine. The question for Thursday night is can they break down the tough Northern Ireland defence?

There have only been the five previous meetings between the two nations and Northern Ireland hold a W1 D2 L2 record from those encounters. They have failed to beat the Welsh at the last four attempts and the last time they contested a game was back in 2011 which Wales won 2-0 away from home in an international friendly. The Irish are in great form at the moment, not having lost any of their last eight games. They were probably the biggest story of Euro 2016 qualification as they came through brilliantly to top their group against the odds, with big away wins on the board and a crucial four points against second-placed Romania. Northern Ireland have posted a W3 D2 record in their last five and have scored in each of those games. Kyle Lafferty is a touch of quality up front if they can get the ball to him and he is a 2/1 anytime goalscorer quote.

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Odds

Wales 13/10, Draw 2/1, Northern Ireland 12/5

Wales v Northern Ireland Predictions

This should be a competitive match but it doesn’t have the look of being a match which is full of goals at all. Northern Ireland’s great performances of late should see them go well enough to take a draw in Cardiff. Wales are missing key players and struggle to get going as an attacking unit without Bale so they may have to just settle for not losing. Draw.

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21st March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting










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