Euro 2016: Belgium and Wales Square off for a Place in the Semifinal

Florin P. - July 1, 2016

Relentless Belgium seeks Euro 2016 semifinal berth (8:00 p.m UK Time).

Belgium have utterly destroyed Hungary in the first elimination round and will now take on Wales. They’ve got a quality roster and of the best offensive lineups of all teams at Euro 2016. Their opponents are not to be trifled with, as Gareth Bale is capable of single-handedly win matches. The two teams lock horns in the second semifinal and the winner will face Portugal or Poland.

A Convincing Performance for Belgium

Belgium was listed among the favorites to win the trophy, but during the group stage they failed to meet the high expectations. After losing the opening match against Italy, they returned to their winning ways and won three games in a row without conceding. They’ve got quality defenders and a backline capable of withstanding prolonged attacks, from better teams than Wales.

Gareth Bale is a formidable striker, but as long as the Belgians will keep two players guarding him at all times, he will struggle. Speed is his main attribute and it would be a severe mistake to allow him to send too many shots at the goal.

A Historic Performance for Wales

With England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland eliminated from the competition, Wales is the only team left from the United Kingdom. They scrapped narrow margin victories and are yet to lose a match in regulation time. Against Belgium, they will be under a lot of pressure and are expected to use a similar strategy as against England.

Punters should choose between betting on fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored or an outright victory for Belgium. The latter is priced at 4/5 by bet365 Sports, but the odds are expected to drop as kickoff draws near. The chances for the game to turn into a goal scoring festival are not that big either, as both teams are great at defending.

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