After almost a month of games, Euro 2016 is drawing to a close. We just have two more semifinals before the major celebration that is the tournament’s final, but let’s not be too hasty.
The two semifinals will surely produce great quality games, passionate encounters and will feature teams which will fight desperately for a place in the last game. The first semi-final will take place on the 7th of July at Lyon, and will feature Portugal versus the surprise of this year’s championship: Wales.
Betting Odds: Portugal 2.20 or 6/5 Draw 3.10 or 21/10 Wales 4.00 or 3/1
Wales qualified for the first time for a major tournament this year. They were dubbed as the weakest team in group B, yet managed to finish first after wins against Russia and Slovakia. They were slight favorites in the round of 16 game against N. Ireland, which they managed to win 1-0 thanks to an own goal by Gareth Macauley.
They were extremely praised for this success, and many people were quick to congratulate them for their participation when Belgium were leading 1-0 in the quarter-finals. But they haven’t said their last word just yet. 3 fantastic goals followed by Williams, Robson-Kanu and Vokes, and the biggest surprise of the tournament unveiled: Wales qualified for the semi-finals.
On the other hand, Portugal arrived in the semis without winning a single game in regular time. They drew three times during the group stage, beat Croatia 1-0 in extra time in the round of 16 and won against Poland on penalties. People generally believe that they didn’t deserve to come this far, but they won’t care – all the Portuguese know is that Wales is all that stands between them and a new European Championship final, after the one in 2004.
The two teams play fundamentally different styles. Portugal enjoys possession football and looks to strike using one of their star creative forwards – Ronaldo, Nani or Quaresma. They had lots of shots so far and created a fair amount of clear cut chances, but their finishing let them down more often than not.
On the other hand, Wales does seem to fancy counter-attacking style and their players are very, very good during set plays. Against Belgium, they scored twice after counter-attacks and once from a corner kick. The Portuguese have to be very careful in defense – something that hasn’t happened that often during this tournament.
From a betting perspective, this game is anything but easy to predict. Portugal seems likely to qualify on paper, but we’ve seen the Welsh overturn these calculations so often. The favorites to score goals are Cristiano and Gareth Bale from each side.
A smart bet can be made looking at possession and yellow cards. Portugal will probably have more of the first and less of the second. On the other hand, if no goal is scored during the first half, look for an under 1,5 live betting bet.
The two teams will most likely not rush to attack each other since the stakes are very high – a place in the long-awaited final against Germany or France.
In the end, try to listen to your inspiration, and maybe even profit of the huge odds Wales has to win this game. And be sure to watch the game – it will surely be awesome.
Both Teams to Score: Yes 2.10 or 11/10
Goalscorer: Gareth Bale Anytime: 2.25 or 5/4
1st Half Result: Draw 1.85 or 17/20
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