Belgium vs Wales 7/1/16: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions
Wales (3-0-1) vs Belgium (3-0-1)
Friday 1st July 2016 15:00 (ET)
Belgium -138; Draw +260; Wales +500 See the Latest Odds
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Wales and Belgium meet up in the second of four quarter final matchups on Friday with a spot in the semi-final against Portugal or Poland on the line.
Wales head into the round of eight coming off an historic victory against Northern Ireland by virtue of a 1-0 victory and will now face off against the highest ranked European side in the world right now in Belgium who cruised into the quarter finals after dismantling Hungary. Wales has ridden the play of Gareth Bale who has been remarkable so far in this tournament and has given the confidence of his team and his nation that they can compete with the world’s best sides and are more than an after thought when considering potential tournament winners. Wales have a tough task ahead of them though as they take on a Belgian side that has steam rolled teams in their last three outings after a disappointing loss to start the tournament against the Italians. If Wales is going to win they are going to have to stay strong at the back as Belgium has so much pace moving forward and have Eden Hazard playing at an all time high right now.
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Belgium suffered a set back in their first game against Italy but have responded admirably since and are back on track as a tournament favourite as they are coming off a spectacular 4-0 win over a Hungarian side that had taken the world by storm. Belgium has been riding the wave of Hazard who put the world on notice in the round of 16 and with Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku at his disposal it makes things pretty easy in the attacking third and Belgium are considered pretty heavy favourites here as a result. Belgium knows they need to contain Gareth Bale in the midfield and if they can do so they stand a very good chance at winning as they have the edge in all facets of the game, including in goal with Courtois. Wales has had a good run but I think their journey stops here as Belgium is on a different level right now and they continue to move forward into the semi-finals.