Euro 2016, quarterfinal: Belgium vs Wales – Preview
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Date: Friday, July 1
Wales take on Belgium in one of the most exciting quarterfinal fixtures of the tournament. Considering the firepower at its disposal, Belgium is the favorite to win this encounter.
When the two sides last meet in 2015, Wales edged out the Eden Hazard’s side 1-0. In 2014 however, the two teams played out a goalless draw.
Gareth Bale’s side made it to the quarterfinal after beating Northern Ireland 1-0. Belgium on the other hand crushed Hungary 4-0.
Without a doubt Bale and Hazard will be the two most discussed players in the team dressing rooms.
Defensively strong Wales have relied upon the pace and trickery of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale to unlock teams.
Belgium too have plenty of firepower in attack and the Welsh defenders could find it too hot to handle.
While Belgium are the dark horse, Wales are a surprise entrant to this late stage of the tournament.
With Iceland dumping out England, Chris Coleman will know anything is possible on a big football night.
Possible playing XIs
Wales: Hennessey; Chester, Williams, Davies; Gunter, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Taylor; Bale; Vokes
Belgium: Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Nainggolan, Witsel; Mertens, De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku
Belgium 2-1 Wales
Over 1.5 goals in match
Eden Hazard to score