Betting tips & preview: Portugal – Wales 6/7: Big night in Lyonnais

by Simon Palsson4th July 2016
Finally some Euro 2016 action after a few days of rest. The first semifinal between Portugal and Wales is held at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Can the favorite cope with the pressure?

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The first semifinal is held at Parc Olympique Lyonnais this Wednesday night, when Portugal is facing Wales.

Cristiano Ronaldo against Gareth Bale. Two super stars against each other in their countries’ most important games in many years.

For Wales’ sake, this is the biggest game ever.

Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT, Wednesday 6 June
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Portugal

Recent form (Euro 2016): WWDDD
Unavailable players: William Carvalho

Portugal has had a pretty good tournament so far. They haven’t lost one single game so far. That’s impressive.

However, they have failed to win three straight games. They had to win both the 1/8 final and the quarterfinal after extra time.

In the quarterfinal against Poland, Portugal got through after winning the penalty-shootout.

In this game against Wales, Portugal has to make it without William Caravalho. The midfielder has received two yellow cards and is therefore suspended.

As you know, Cristiano Ronaldo is the main star in Portugal. However, both Queresma and Nani has been really good in this tournament.

Wales

Recent form (Euro 2016): WWWLW
Unavailable players: Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies

Wales’ Euro 2016 adventure has been a true fairytale. They have four wins in their first five games in this tournament, which of course is very impressive.

Their only lost came against England after a very late goal. However, Wales won the group and has now reached the semifinal after knocking out both Northern Ireland and Belgium.

The quarterfinal win against Belgium was a really impressive one, especially since they conceded an early goal. However, they came back and won the game 3-1.

The big star in Wales is, of course, Gareth Bale. However, there are many players who has stepped up during this tournament.

Please keep in mind that both Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey are out from this game following suspensions. Two major blows for Wales.

Our prediction

Portugal has been named the favorite ahead of this game. However, they haven’t impressed us that much this summer, at least not yet.

Wales on the other hand has really stepped up when needed. Their performance in the last game against Belgium was just terrific and if they can manage to something like that against, they will have a great chance against Portugal.

There are some defensive blows in both teams ahead of this game, with players as William Caravalho, Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey out. Therefore, the strong offensive players in both teams might get even more room.

The bookies seem to believe that this will be a very tight game. We are not that sure. Therefore, we put our money on over 2 goals to 1/1 (2,00) at bet365.

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Betting tips:

Betting tips:  Over 2 goals
Odds: Fraction: 1/1 | Decimal: 2,00
Bookie: Bet365 (£200 bonus)
Kick-off: Wednesday 6 June 8.00pm GMT

Best odds:

Bet Fraction Decimal Bookie
Portugal  5/4  2,25
Draw  21/10  3,10
Wales  63/20  4,15
Over 2,5 goals  17/10  2,70
Under 2,5 goals  1/2  1,50
1: 44%
X: 32%
2: 24%
Over 2,5 goals: 37%
Under 2,5 goals: 67%