Euro 2016, semifinal: Portugal vs Wales – Preview and betting tips
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Date: Wednesday, July 6
Portugal take on Wales in the first semi-final of Euro 2016 in what many believe will be a cracker of a contest. This match is also being billed as a duel between Real Madrid teammates and world football superstars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal have not really set this tournament on fire and have relied largely upon individual brilliance of Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma.
Fernando Santos’ men have failed to seal the deal in regular play right through the tournament and have relied on extra-time or penalties to progress.
Wales have improved as the tournament has progressed and clear signs of confidence can now be seen within Chris Coleman’s giant killers.
Apart from the brilliance of Bale and Aaron Ramsey, skipper Ashley Williams has defended resolutely and lead by example.
Surprisingly, Bale has outperformed Ronaldo at the event is clearly enjoying a dream run with his national side.
While Lionel Messi retired from international football after failing to win the Copa America, Ronaldo can edge in arch rival in this department if he were to go all the away at the Euros.
Possible starting line-ups:
Portugal XI: Rui; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Eliseu; Carvalho; Mario, Sanches, Silva; Nani, Ronaldo
Wales XI: Hennessey; Chester, Williams, Davies; Gunter, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Taylor; Bale; Robson-Kanu
Cristiano Ronaldo to score
Gareth Bale to score
Over 2.5 goals in match
Portugal 2-1 Wales