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7th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Gareth Bale was once again the star of the show for Wales as they opened their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign with a 4-0 home win over Moldova. The Welsh were supremely comfortable against the minnows and appeared to be suffering no hangover the highs of their exploits at Euro 2016 during the summer when they went to the semi finals against all of the odds.
Bale netted a brace against Moldova taking his tally to 24 for Wales so while he looks well on track to break Ian Rush’s goalscoring record of 28 goals for the country, the question is, can Bale do it before the end of 2016? Online betting site Ladbrokes are offering a price of 10/1 on Bale equalling Rush’s record before Christmas 2016 and they have stumped up a price of 25/1 on Bale to break the record before Christmas 2016.
So what is ahead for Bale? Well, he will get three more chances between now and Christmas to net the four goals to equal and five to break the record. He will line up, all being well, against Georgia (like Moldova another of their qualifying group’s minnows) as well as Serbia. The Welsh will also take a trip out to Austria. So will there be enough chances in all of that?
A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “It’s purely a matter of if, not when, Bale breaks the 22-year-old record as far as we’re concerned, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he did so before the year is out.”
Well, Bale has scored international goals against both Austria and Serbia in his career, and he should have a good chance of a couple against the lowly ranked Georgia. But five goals in three games? It looks like a bit of a tall order still, even for a man of his quality and stature. One banker here is one Bale, who is still only 27, to become the most capped Wales player ever. He earned his 62nd cap against Moldova on the weekend and he needs to collect another 30 to match current record holder Neville Southall and Ladbrokes have Bale at 8/11 to claim the record.
You have to think that will all the qualification games for lets say, the World Cup 2018 and 2022 and Euro 2020 and Euro 2024 (at a stretch) then he should easily land that record.
Ladbrokes Gareth Bale Betting Specials
Gareth Bale to equal Ian Rush’s goalscoring record for Wales before Christmas (three fixtures: away to Austria, home to Georgia, home to Serbia) – 10/1
Gareth Bale to break Ian Rush’s goalscoring record for Wales before Christmas – 25/1
Gareth Bale to become most-capped Wales player – 8/11
Gareth Bale to win a major tournament with Wales – 33/1
Gareth Bale to be top goalscorer in qualifying – 8/1
Gareth Bale to score in every qualifying game – 100/1
6th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
World Cup Betting
There were positive starts by the home nations in World Cup 2018 qualification and online betting site Ladbrokes have slapped a price of 25/1 on all four of them reaching the Finals in a couple year. The last time that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all at a major final was back at the World Cup in Sweden 1958. So it’s been a long, long wait to see them all line up again, but with positive starts to qualifying, can they all make it there?
England needed a late strike by Adam Lallana to secure a win out in Slovakia, which arguably will be their toughest game of qualification. So with that out of the way and a relatively easy group to navigate their way through, the Three Lions remain a strong shot at 1/7 to win their World Cup 2018 qualification group which contains Scotland as well. England won all ten of their Euro 2016 qualification matches and will expect to unopposed to bank the automatic qualification spot.
As a result of their 5-1 win over Malta, Scotland have been trimmed to 8/1 to win Group F of World Cup 2018 qualification. Of course there will be tougher matches to come than the whipping boys that are Malta, but the Scots did a good job against a lowly side who generally don’t ship a lot of goals. So the big win put them to the top of their qualification group after one match played. The top side from each of the qualification groups go through to the 2018 World Cup, while the best eight runners up will move through to a play off round.
Wales, who had that brilliant run to the semi finals of Euro 2016 got their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign off to a flier with a 4-0 home win over minnows Moldova, with Gareth Bale netting a brace in the match. The Welsh will still have to do battle with Austria, Ireland and Serbia to try and make their way through to the World Cup Finals, but that was a great start from Chris Coleman’s men, who must still be running in high confidence after their exploits in the summer.
Northern Ireland battled their way to a point against the Czech Republic to open their qualification campaign with, with wasn’t a bad point out on the road in the grand scheme of things. But perhaps like Scotland, they will be chasing a place at the World Cup 2018 through the play off round, because powerhouses Germany reside in their qualification group, the Germans opening with a comfortable 3-0 win over Norway. In addition to the Home Nations, you can also take a price of 5/2 on the Republic of Ireland to qualify from Group D, the Irish opening their campaign with a 2-2 draw at Serbia.
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4th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Wales take on Moldova on Monday, while big guns Spain and Italy are also in action, while Ireland get a tough trip to Belgrade to take on Serbia in their opener. Tuesday you have the likes of France, Netherlands and Portugal all in action as well. One of the highlight games could be the Sweden v Netherlands fixture on Tuesday night. So plenty of games to look at and you can take some great insurance on all of your World Cup 2018 qualifiers which feature a home nation, thanks to a great promotion from online betting site Boylesports.
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2nd September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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So the Welsh take the first steps in their next journey, which is trying to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They landed such a hit at Euro 2016 by reaching the semi finals, that the confidence taken from that should carry them through easily enough to an opening win in this qualifying fixture for Russia 2016. The threat from the opposition is so little that the Welsh at home, should win this at a canter.
While they won’t have Aaron Ramsey, the Welsh can drive themselves to an easy win in this one. The Welsh are on a good stretch of form at home, having lost just one of their last eight on home soil. So that, along with their great form at Euro 2016, their spirits should be high and with Moldova having lost four of their last six games played (W1 D1) then they aren’t going to offer too much attacking threat. THey scored just four goals in their Euro 2016 qualification games.
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31st August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
World Cup Betting
Wales v Moldova Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualifier 5th September
So the Welsh start their quest to get to the World Cup 2018. They had such a huge success in Euro 2016 qualifying and at the finals itself, that they could be running on some high confidence and spirits to take their growth to the next level. The self belief is there but they are in a tricky group and they can get off to a great start here against minnows Moldova, who have lost four of their last six games. This could be a comfortable night for Wales. Will Chris Coleman’s men come out of the blocks firing?
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Wales v Moldova Betting Tips
Well can Wales kick off their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign in a positive fashion. They should be able too, even without Aaron Ramsey who misses this one. Aside form that, things are pretty much the way they have been for Chris Coleman’s Wales. They will take on Austria, Serbia, Georgia and Ireland in World Cup 2018 qualification as well as Moldova so there is some scraping to be done to make it Russia. This is one of their easier games for them, so a nice start to ease themselves into proceedings with as they take on minnows Moldova. Georgia will be their other easy opponents to take on. Wales have a tremendous team spirit, we saw that not only at Euro 2016 but during qualifying for the finals as well. There’s no reason why that wouldn’t be in place for this one and given the lack of quality from their opponents, Wales to win to nil is a price of 8/15.
That’s a short low value price of course, but that is because Wales are expected to win this pretty easily. Up in the anytime goalscorer market you have Gareth Bale at 8/11 and he’s naturally going to have pit shots from free kicks around the area. Sam Vokes and Hal Robson-Kanu are both 11/8 punts in the market. There’s no reason why the Correct Score market wouldn’t have some appeal here where a Wales 2-0 offering will return you a price of 7/2, and the same price can be taken on a 1-0 victory for them as well. These two nations have not met before so no head to head history but Wales should open it with a victory, especially on home soil. The Welsh have lost just one of their last eight home games now, that being a friendly loss against the Netherlands last November.
So with Wales running on high confidence and form, it’s not likely Moldova are going to do much about taking them on. They have lost four of their last six games played (W1 D1) so aren’t in any great shape themselves. They finished bottom of one of the weaker groups during Euro 2016 qualifying (a group which was won by Austria) with a W0 D2 L8 record and they scored just the four goals along the way. That is a long way short of the quality of Wales and more likely than not, Moldova won’t offer any kind of attacking threat, instead just sitting back and hoping to land a lucky point, which they probably won’t. A Wales/Wales Half Time/Full Time wager for a price of 8/11 may expand your value on them winning a little bit. This is just a routine game for Wales before going on to face Austria on October 6th for their second qualifying match.
Wales v Moldova Betting Odds
Wales 2/9, Draw 17/4, Moldova 16/1
Wales v Moldova Predictions
A win for Wales will be on the board. Moldova are poor and aren’t likely to muster up any kind of challenge at all. This is just going to be all about how many Wales can win by. They should be comfortable to win to nil whatever they manage themselves, but settling on a Wales 2-0 correct score punt looks to be around the right mark.
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29th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
World Cup Betting
The two year road to the World Cup Finals in Russia starts this month for the UEFA members. Qualification gets under way and there are a total of 54 teams in the hunt for a spot at the tournament in 2018. The qualification draw was separated out over six seeding pots and the teams were then dealt out into nine groups of six teams each. 52 nations were actually in the seedings but then with FIFA accepting both Gibraltar and Kosovo as members in mid 2016, they were both allowed to join qualification as well.
So the set up for all of this is that the winners of each of the nine groups will automatically get their spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and then the best eight runners up from the group stage will go into the play off round. So there is a long quest to get the Finals and the top nine seeded nations in the draw, therefore being separated out into one for each group are Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, England, Wales, Spain and Croatia. One the group stage has been settled the draw for the play off round will be held in October of 2017.
World Cup Qualification Groups 2018 Europe
Euro 2016 qualification was a huge success for the home nations, with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland all making it to the Finals. How many of the home nations will make it through to the World Cup Finals? Will there be a full house? Four of the five would be another fantastic return for the UK and Ireland. Here we preview the qualification groups from the UEFA Zone for World Cup 2018 qualification.
Group A Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Well this is an interesting group and it would be a sparse if the French didn’t roll to top spot in it. Les Bleus almost landed the Euro 2016 title on home soil and on the evidence of that short burst of competitive football for them, they looked as if they still had some room to grow. So this could be a big two years for them in their development not having had to play qualifying games to get to the European Championships. The Netherlands are in there as well and it will be really interesting to see if they can pick themselves up after their miserable qualification campaign for Euro 2016. They may not still be at the races and that could leave a scrap between themselves and Sweden to battle for second spot. The Swedes are entering the post-Ibrahimovic era and may struggle. France to win the group at 8/13, Netherlands for second.
Group B Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faro Island, Latvia, Andorra
The reigning European Champions Portugal will have to be pretty happy with the draw that they have received. They really have little threat going against them in here and that is reflected in the price of 8/13 for them to win the group. Switzerland are their closest challengers in there but rarely raise themselves above mediocrity, although they are usually pretty solid in qualification. Hungary, who impressed at Euro 2016 have to start again and while they are capable of points at home against the Portuguese and Swiss, are likely to miss the boat in this one. Everyone else in the group is just there making up the numbers. Not likely to be the most entertaining of groups.
Group C Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
The huge benefit of being a top seeded team is obviously getting easier qualification draws. That is what Germany have here. They may have stubborn defences in the likes of Northern Ireland and Norway to break down, but they are Germany and should get it done, particularly at home. The Germans are a massive 1/8 odds on favourite to win this group and any other outcome looks like it would take something out of the ordinary to happen. The Czech Republic aren’t good enough to really lay claim to the top spot in the group but could see themselves in a fight with Northern Ireland and Norway for second place. Northern Ireland are a big 10/1 shot to make it out of the group.
Group D Wales, Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
This is one of the more competitive groups that are floating around in the qualification for the World Cup from the UEFA Zone. Wales, who covered themselves in glory at Euro 2016 by reaching the semi finals are an even money quote to qualify from Group D. They are running as 7/4 favourites to win this group, but punters will still be bit wary because of the lack of goals from them and wondering if their bubble will have burst after the Euros. There is stiff competition from the technically solid Serbia, the young and enterprising Austria as well as having to do battle with the Republic of Ireland who are only 11/4 to qualify. On paper out of the bunch of them Serbia at 5/2 represents great value here to top the pile, but the Austrians can’t be counted out. They are way better than how they played at Euro 2016.
Group E Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
Where does the favouritism fall in this one? Well it’s not too hard to pick Poland out as the stand out quality side here. They really didn’t shine as well as many would have hoped at Euro 2016 as they went more defensive than they were during qualification. Still, they are a postive 11/8 price to win Group E and that screams value here. Denmark are awkward opposition but nothing more and then Romania may have their say in patches. But the home form of Poland and the goals of Robert Lewandowski should push them to a comfortable top spot. It may be worth having a flutter on Romania to sneak past Denmark because they have come on well the last couple of years with Denmark really stagnating.
Group F England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta
England are 4/11 odds on favourites to win this group and given how easily qualifying for Euro 2016 was for them it would be tough to go against them. Big Sam Allardyce should benefit from a pretty easy group draw here and there appears to be very little to topple England here. Perhaps the only thing is will be them beating themselves through complacency. But really the perceived threats from Slovakia, Scotland and SLovenia aren’t great at all. It would be a shocker if England didn’t win this group while Scotland are a bit of a distant 4/1 shot to qualify for Group F. There’s a lot of work there for the Scots to do.
Group G Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Thankfully Spain and Italy were drawn together here to give this group a bit of spice or else it would have been a non-starter. Spain are 1/2 still to get the group win on the board, but the Italians are always efficient enough through qualifying for tournaments to keep their neck in the race. Italy though will now have lost the special touch of Antonio Conte so how will that affect them? But Spain too enter a new era as well after Vicente del Bosque stepped down leaving new head coach Julen Lopetegui in charge. You would expect the Spaniards to pretty much carry on regardless, more so than Italy but the games between the two of them should be a real highlight of World Cup qualifying. The Italians are 13/8 to win the group. There will be one big nation guaranteed to have to go through the play offs. Spain or Italy? Toss of a coin.
Group H Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus, Gibraltar
As with most qualification groups there is a strong favourite set to run away with things and here that would be Belgium who are 2/7 favourites to win Group H. They should do just that unopposed really. It’s hard to really even see Bosnia-Herzegovina putting up enough to really get anywhere near to Belgium in this group so the rest have no chance. The Red Devils with new boss Roberto Martinez in charge, should be super comfortable in this one. Whoever comes runner up from this group may struggle to make it as one of the best eight to reach the play offs. Very poor group. Gibraltar make their World Cup qualifying debuts in this group.
Group I Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Kosovo
Group H has Gibraltar making their debut, while Group I have Kosovo making theirs. Croatia, who really should have gone further at the summer’s European Championships are 11/10 to win this group. The Ukraine are there at 3/1 with Turkey just a little longer at 10/3. Turkey are hit and miss and only scraped over the finish line in their Euro 2016 qualifying group because of the Netherlands’ deficiencies, while the Ukraine don’t generally offer much away from home. You even have Iceland in her, remarkable Euro 2016 quarter finalists but while the slick Croatians should win the group, picking a second place team of the Ukraine, Turkey and Iceland is tough. For value would run with the Turks.
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World Cup Qualification 2018 Groups Europe Match Dates
Matchday 1 4–6 September 2016
Matchday 2 6–8 October 2016
Matchday 3 9–11 October 2016
Matchday 4 11–13 November 2016
Matchday 5 24–26 March 2017
Matchday 6 9–11 June 2017
Matchday 7 31 August – 2 September 2017
Matchday 8 3–5 September 2017
Matchday 9 5–7 October 2017
Matchday 10 8–10 October 2017
5th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Euro 2016 Betting
We are down to four now and while the only two big guns that started the tournament remain and they have to take on each other in one of the semi finals, the bookmakers are backing the title to go one of those. We are talking about France and Germany of course are are joint 7/4 favourites to win Euro 2016 at the moment ahead of their semi final clash on Thursday. Before that though, either Portugal or Wales will make it through to the Final as they meet on Wednesday. So we are almost down to the wire now, who will stand up for their country?
Here we take a look at Euro 2016 Semi Finals Betting Odds & Predictions for the two matches.
Wales v Portugal
Quite where this semi final clash is going to head is a mystery. If you break the tournament down to a comparison of Gareth Bale And Cristiano Ronaldo then the Welshman wins hand down. The obvious hype in this one is a showdown between the two Real Madrid team mates but you have to look further than that. Cristiano Ronaldo for starters has done nothing all tournament really apart from his brace against Hungary in the group stage. He hasn’t looked all that sharp or interested to be honest. Gareth Bale has been seen rallying the Welsh side, trying his best to keep momentum high and keep the Dragons breathing fire. Ronaldo and Bale are 11/4 and 4/1 respectively in the first goalscorer market.
It is in the teams that you have to really look at. The team spirit from Wales is bang on point at the moment, they are fighting for each other and grinding and grinding for everything. But it’s been more to that because they have had the confidence and the belief to actually go out and win games as shown in their big wins over Russia and Belgium during the tournament. They will be without Aaron Ramsey, which is a huge loss for them, but that may just gel them together even more to fight for those extra margins in the game. Portugal, who are 23/20 to win this, have gotten progressively slower and more restricted in their play as they have gone through the tournament.
They haven’t looked terribly impressive at any point and could see off weaker opposition during the group stage to record a win. With Ronaldo not playing well, then why wouldn’t Wales believe that they can go even further? If it were against France or Germany that Wales were playing here, you would kind of expect it to be a last hurrah at the tournament, but against Portugal, they have a genuine chance of success. Running to the final of your debut in the competition, that would be remarkable. Expect a tight game because Portugal are unadventurous and tiring and shoot for Wales to win at a quote of 16/5. Why not?
France v Germany
The second semi final is likely to be as equally tight as well. Host nation France will be on a high after putting five past Iceland in the quarter finals, but their defence worryingly switched off to concede a couple of goals. You would never expect that to have happened to Germany. But France do have the upper hand in terms of having more to offer going forward in the game and that sends them into this clash as narrow favourites in the heavyweight duel. They have Antoine Griezmann heading up the chase for the Euro 2016 Golden Boot and Olivier Giroud just one behind him. They are both 11/2 quotes in the anytime goalscorer market.
So the goals are there, but the performances haven’t really been there during the tournament, as they had looked unable to get into top gear prior to their quarter final game against Iceland. But then again, winning without playing well could be seen as an asset. But can France land their first ever significant win over Germany in the finals of a major tournament? When the two met two years ago at the 2014 World Cup, it was Germany who edged through with a 1-0 victory and France, let’s not forget have not played a competitive match against anyone of note since then.
Germany have selection problems, particularly in the middle with Bastian Schweinsteiger doubt bull and having lost Sami Khedira. They are also missing defender Mats Hummels through suspension. Still, not backing Die Mannschaft in tournament football can often seem a bit foolhardy. They have had more shots and more shots on target in Euro 2106 than France have managed, have conceded just one goal (from the penalty spot) and have come through a much tougher route to this point than France have. That’s the grind and that is Germany and they look value to take it at 2/1.
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3rd July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Euro 2016 Betting
Portugal v Wales Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 6th July
Another match at Euro 2016 which is too tight to call. The Welsh have come through the tournament brilliantly as underdogs and now just Portugal stand between them and a place in the Euro 2016 Final. What a brilliant achievement that would be for the Dragons who will be full of confidence after beating Belgium so easily in the last round. Portugal may be tiring having gone through their second extra time period where they needed a penalty shoot out to beat Poland in the last round. Wales may be the fresher of the two in what will be a showdown between Real Madrid giants Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
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Portugal v Wales Betting Tips
The fuel tank of the Portuguese may be running a little short at the moment. They needed extra time to get past Croatia in the round of sixteen and were then dragged through an other extra period against Poland in the quarter finals. Portugal have gone very defensive and unadventurous in the knockout stage, more concerned about losing than anything and they aren’t an expressive side to watch. That’s five 90 minute draws from five Euro 2016 games for Portugal at the moment and they looked to be clamming up further each step of the way. Of course there is some tiredness there, there must be and even star man Cristiano Ronaldo looks short of full fitness and confidence, notably missing a sitter against Poland. Ronaldo is running as 3/1 outright favourite in the first goalscorer market for the semi final showdown against Wales. Can he raise his game for his country?
While they haven’t looked very good going forward, you can point out their resilience. They fought back three times after having fallen behind against Hungary in the group stage to earn a draw. They kept the technically sound Croatia off the scoresheet in the round of sixteen and fought back from a goal down against Poland. They look as if they can be contained quite easily though. The last meeting between Portugal and Wales was back in 2000 when the Portuguese won 3-0 in friendly. Portugal have scored five goals in the championships so far, three of them coming in that draw with Hungary so they aren’t carrying a huge goalscoring threat overall. So that should point you to the game going under 2.5 goals which is a 4/9 option. A Portugal to win to nil wager will fetch a price of 2/1, but that looks a risky punt because Wales have scored 10 goals at the tournament, and only once has a British team scored more goals in a major tournament than that. That was England with 11 on their way to winning the 1966 World Cup.
So instead, backing Both teams to score in the contest may have more appeal at a quote of 6/5 over the 90 minutes. Wales took a great 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter finals, the second time at Euro 2016 that they have scored three goals in a match following their 3-0 demolition of Russia in the group stage. Wales were the better side in the first half against Belgium and once they had weathered an early second half storm by Belgium, never looked like losing. A brilliant goal for Hal Robson-Kanu put them in the lead after having fallen behind in the game and they never looked back. Gareth Bale is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer punt for the game, with Sam Vokes 3/1 and Hal Robson-Kanu at 4/1. They have played the underdog role perfectly so far, the work rate they have produced is phenomenal and Chris Coleman has gotten everything tactically spot on. Their big loss for the semi final though is Aaron Ramsey who misses out through suspension along with defender Ben Davies. Ramsey has produced four assists at Euro 2016 and that’s a big influence to be missing.
Portugal v Wales Betting Odds
Portugal 23/20, Draw 21/10, Wales 16/5
Portugal v Wales Predictions
Who would write Wales off at this point? The big question mark for Wales is that they will be missing Aaron Ramsey, their best player at the tournament. But Wales as a unit are competing with heart and determination whereas Portugal have looked pretty lifeless in the knockout stage. You can’t ignore the resilience that Portugal have though and it’s worth considering the outright draw over 90 minutes.
1st July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Euro 2016 Betting
Wales v Belgium Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 1st July
Belgium, after having looked so decidedly average and uninspired through the large part of their group stage campaign, exploded into life in the round of sixteen as they put four goals past Hungary. That made the rest of the remaining nations sit up and take notice, that being the second game of the tournament in which they have scored at least three goals. So Wales, the last Home Nation left standing in the tournament, are the next to face them. Wales took four points from their two Euro 2016 qualifying games against Belgium, can they better them again?
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Wales v Belgium Betting Tips
Wales, one of the smaller nations to compete at Euro 2016, have positioned themselves with a shot at the semi finals of the competition. After edging their way past Northern Ireland in the last round, they now take on Belgium for a place in the final four. These two were paired together during Euro 2016 qualification and the Welsh took four of a possible six points from the Red Devils, landings 1-0 home victory against them. So an impressive return and it mean that they are now unbeaten in their last three games against Belgium, which has to count for something. The Welsh have scored in each of their four Euro 2016 games so far (albeit an own goal from Northern Ireland) so it could be worth a flutter on both teams to score in this one which will fetch you a quote of 6/5. Going into the tournament, the Welsh weren’t in any kind of form but have now won three of their last four played, only getting beaten by a last minute goal by England in the group stage.
So Wales have every reason to dream and every reason to have their tails up here. The Welsh play with heart and courage and while they go into the game as underdogs, they will scrap it out and look to defy that label. The game against Northern Ireland was strange from them because they were the ones who were controlling possession in the game, not something that they are familiar with. It wasn’t something which suited them, because they couldn’t crack the defensive minded Irish. But they did produce one high moment of quality which led to the goal, but overall had only one shot on target in the entire game. Belgium will have possession in this quarter final tie which will suit Wales in being able to catch them on the break. Defending is the Welsh strength. Gareth Bale is a quote of 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market with the impressive Aaron Ramsey at 5/1.
So Belgium couldn’t figure out how to break the Welsh defence during their two Euro 2016 qualifying games against them. Will they figure it out in the quarter finals of the actual tournament? Belgium impressively put a 4-0 win on the board over Hungary in the last round and they looked good in doing so. With their 3-0 win over Ireland in the group stage, that is two of their four games in which they have scored three or more goals in. That’s Belgium at their best, but they looked average in their other two games, a loss against Italy and a late 1-0 win over Sweden. Eden Hazard is coming into form and he, along with a host of other Belgian players are 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market with Romelu Lukaku at 5/4 at the head of the market. Under 2.5 goals is the way to go at a quote of 4/7 because the last four Wales v Belgium meetings have swung that way. Belgium have scored just one goal in their last three against Wales.
Wales v Belgium Betting Odds
Belgium 8/11, Draw 27/10, Wales 19/4
Wales v Belgium Predictions
The Dragons will be up for this and the game should suit them better than the match up against Northern Ireland did. We’ll likely see the Welsh back to their best and they can cause Belgium some problems as they did in qualifying. Belgium should be in top confidence after their win in the last round, but they can be hit and miss in terms of performance. Belgium clearly have the better attacking options in this one but it may be worth a flutter on a 90 minute draw. The longer Wales keep them shut out, the more Belgium are likely to actually fade.
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Belgium have scored eight unanswered goals in their last three games and that is some power that Wales will have to try and shut down in the quarter finals of Euro 2016 on Friday. Wales have risen to the occasion so far at the Championships, particularly in their 3-0 demolition of a very poor Russian side, but will this be a bridge too far for the Welsh? The Belgians will be out for some revenge in this one too after having failed to beat Wales at the three attempts, but the Red Devils have found their shooting boots.
Belgium do look as if they are running into form and can boast some very good attacking options. They will likely have the Welsh on the back foot for most of the game and they have individual likes Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard who can produce those pieces of magic to make the difference in the match. The winner of this one will go through to a semi final showdown against Portugal and the Red Devils are being backed as favourites to be the ones to progress.
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