The Welsh national team is appearing in a European Championship for the first time and they have certainly left their mark on this competition. Wins over Russia and Slovakia secured top spot in their group ahead of neighbours England, and they then overcame the stubborn resistance of Northern Ireland to book their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Belgium was expected to send Gareth Bale & Co. packing on Friday night, but the red-and-white team has confidently defeated on the favorites in this competition.
Wales’ dream run at Euro 2016 continued with their sensational quarter-final win over Belgium, but can they repeat that monumental effort by beating Portugal? They say ‘all good things must come to an end’, but why should it? The simple fact is Portugal have underwhelmed in this tournament so far. They drew all three games in a group they were expected to win, they needed a last-gasp extra-time goal to see off Croatia and it took a penalty shoot-out to get the better of Poland. They have performed poorly and must be tiring after back-to-back extra-time games. And though the team of Cristiano Ronaldo still has good estimates and is a favorite in the upcoming match, still have good chances to qualify.
It is interesting to know, that the history of these teams confrontation reckons only one club friendly game in 2000, which has finished with crushing victory of Portuguese - 3:0. Without any doubts, Portugal has the strongest defense of all the opponents Wales has faced in the championship.
We believe that in this battle of strategies Portugal will be stronger. However, it is difficult to predict whether they win in regular time or by any other means. Suggested bet is 1.7 on Fernando Santos’ team.
The winner of Thursday night’s semi-final clash between France and Germany is likely to win Euro 2016.
Germany booked their place in the final four with a penalty shootout win over Italy in the quarter-finals. The world champions went in front through Mesut Ozil only for Leonardo Bonucci to force extra time when he coolly slotted home a late penalty, but Joachim Low’s side would not be denied a spot in the semi-finals and it was secured when Manuel Neuer saved from Matteo Darmian.
France, meanwhile, made much more emphatic progress by thrashing England’s conquerors, Iceland on Sunday night. Olivier Giroud fired Les Bleus in front on 12 minutes and the floodgates opened as Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann handed the host nation a commanding 4-0 lead at the interval. Iceland pulled one back after the break when Kolbein Sigthorsson converted a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross, but Giroud erased any notion of a spectacular comeback before Birkir Bjarnason netted a consolation strike for the minnows. It was devastating stuff from the French.
An interesting fact is that only one of 10 matches, that have been played by these teams against each other, has finished in draw. 4 wins belong to Germany and 5 to France.
To conclude we suppose, that the home team will be heading in the upcoming match, whilst the Germans will base their game strategy on counter-attacks. In this scenario we can hardly expect for a big number of scored goals. Hence, we advise to pay attention to the bet totals under 2.5 goals for 1.6.