Portugal vs Wales Odds – Wednesday 6th July 2016 – 20:00 – ITV
Portugal are 23/20 with the draw available at 2/1 and Wales are 14/5
Betting tips and match preview | Euro 2016
Portugal face off against Wales at the Stade de Lyon in the first of the semi final fixtures, this is a huge match match for both sides as Real Madrid superstars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo continue their battle for superiority with the added carrot of a place in the final of the European Championships at stake.
Portugal come into this match having finished third in Group F behind minnows Iceland and Hungary but despite failing to win a game within 90 minutes, Ronaldo and co find themselves just one game off being in a second final in 12 years. They drew their last game with Poland 1-1, with Renato Sanches’ excellent strike in the 33rd minute cancelling out Robert Lewandowski’s 2nd minute opener.
Portugal initially struggled to dominate the game early on but the belief they had when Renato Sanches equalised allowed them to calm down and play a far better game. In truth there was little between the sides in open play, they completely cancelled each other out and despite Ronaldo missing a crucial late chance, probably the clearest of the game a draw was a fair result.
Portugal were very composed in front of goal and with only Jakub B?aszczykowski of Poland missing his kick Poland can feel justifiably unlucky.
Portugal have been one of the poorest performers of the tournament and they opened their account in the tournament by drawing 1-1 with Iceland and they followed that up with a goal less draw against Austria, with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary to finish.
They beat Croatia by a solitary goal in extra time and their penalty win against Poland means they head to the semi finals without winning a match in 90 minutes so far.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal remain one of the dark horses especially given their performances so far in the tournament, in Wales and Gareth Bale they face a very stern test.
Portugal remain slight favourites in this tie, they will be looking to beat a Wales side that come into this match on the back of a resounding 3-1 win over pre tournament favourites Belgium.
Wales Looking Strong
Wales come into this match having finished top of Group B in one of the more difficult groups that contained England, Russia and Slovakia and they progress to this semi final tie with an excellent record.
They will be looking to better what has been an excellent campaign so far with a win and if they do so they will progress to the finals of the competition, which would be an unbelievable achievement for a side that has regularly been an underdog.
Wales headed into this tournament as one of the favourites to depart at the group stage but since the first game against Slovakia they have flourished. They won their first match 2-1, with the solitary defeat against England followed up by a 3-0 demolition of Russia.
They were defiant against Northern Ireland in a dogged 1-0 win but they saved the best until last with a 3-1 win against a star studded Belgium to progress to the semi finals of the tournament in what is their first major European Championships.
It will be a tough task to progress as Portugal on their day are an excellent side with Ronaldo the spearhead but this Wales side have had an excellent tournament and will not be losing any sleep facing a Portugal side that have been one of the worst in the tournament.
Wales have a some good individuals but they have gelled as a team very well and with their manager Chris Colemans’s tactics they are in an excellent position having hit form at the latter stages of the tournament.
They are the underdogs in this match and to progress to the Final but they have an excellent record and will fancy continuing that streak in this game.
Portugal come into this fixture with a record of two wins and four draws in their last six matches. Wales head into this fixture with a record of four wins and two defeats in their last six matches.
Both teams are 6/5 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Portugal are Cristiano Ronaldo at 11/4 with Nani at 13/2. For Wales Gareth Bale is at 9/2 with Hal Robson-Kanu at 7/1.
The last time that these two sides met Portugal won 3-0 and the odds of the same result are 18/1.
Portugal vs Wales Betting Tips
Tip 1 – Bale to score first @ 9/2
Tip 2 – Wales to win 3-2 @ 66/1
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