Portugal vs Wales 7/6/16: Euro 2016 Preview and Predictions
Portugal (2-3-0) vs Wales (4-0-1)
Wednesday 7th July 2016 15:00 (ET)
Portugal +120; Draw +210; Wales +300 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN; TSN
Wales and Portugal meet up in France on Wednesday afternoon as they face off for a place in the Euro 2016 final.
Wales continue their most successful tournament in their history with a semi-final show down against a Portuguese side who continues to defy the odds in what should be an exciting show down despite playing in the shadow of the France-Germany matchup on Thursday. Wales will be without Aaron Ramsey who committed his third yellow card infraction and will not be available for this fixture which is a huge blow for a Welsh side that has relied on the Arsenal club man as their holding mid fielder and he has done a great job of doing so and now without him it could open things up a bit in the middle for Portugal who is coming off a shootout win over Poland. Wales played very well in a 3-1 defeat of Belgium and can use that as energy heading into this one and while most of the pressure will be on Gareth Bale there are a ton of options up top for Wales who will have to be sound defensively if they’re going to qualify for their first major tournament final.
Portugal meanwhile continues to chug along and after a modest pool play performance in which they netted three draws against Iceland, Hungary, and Austria many had them on the outs. However, a wild card berth and a very favourable draw into what ended up being the weak side of the draw revived Portuguese hopes and now with wins over Croatia and Poland, both of which were after 90 minutes, Portugal is in the driver’s seat against a Welsh side that has never been on this stage before. Portugal equalized off the boot of Renauto Sanches who has been one of the best Portuguese players in this tournament and if the 18 year old phenom can stay sharp he should be in the mix on the score sheet and could come into play in the final result. This is a very tough game to call as Wales have been playing the better football but they are without one of their best players here while Portugal has been able to skate into the semi-finals without every having to play at top flight. In the end, I think Wales is destined to reach the final here as they have been playing very well and playing together as a team and at this price they are certainly worth a flier.