Betting tips & preview: Wales – Northern Ireland 25/6: Massive game coming up

by Simon Palsson24th June 2016
There is another great British clash in this Euro 2016 tournament, when Wales is facing Northern Ireland in the first round of the knock-out stage. This is a great chance to reach the quarterfinals for Gareth Bale and his teammates. 

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Both Wales and Northern Ireland have qualified for the knock-out stage of the Eur0 2016 tournament.

Wales is now hoping to reach the quarterfinal since Norther Ireland probably was the easiest team to face in an 1/8 final.

Kick-off: 5.00pm GMT, Saturday 25 June
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris

Wales

Recent form (all competitions): WLWLLD

Wales has had a great tournament so far, thanks to their key players who has really stepped up when needed.

Gareth Bale, for example, has scored in every single game so far and the Real Madrid striker has been excellent for his country in this Euro 2016 tournament.

If he continues like this, Wales might just reach even further in this tournament. To face Northern Ireland in the first round of the knock-out stage is of course perfect for the Welsh team, who could have been drawn against much better teams.

However, they have to step up in this game too. Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, Joe Allen and captain Ashley Williams have important roles in this knock-out game.

Chris Coleman doesn’t have any injury problems to take into consideration prior to this game. That is, of course, a huge advantage for Wales.

Sam Vokes and Ben Davis are just one booking away from suspension.

Northern Ireland

Recent form (all competitions): LWLDWW

Northern Ireland had one of the toughest groups in the Euro 2016 tournament, facing Poland, Germany and Ukraine.

Nevertheless, they managed to beat Ukraine 2-0 in the second group game. Even though they lost both to Poland and Germany, Northern Ireland qualified for the knock-out phase.

Please note that Northern Ireland just lost with a one-goal margin against both Poland and Germany. Actually, that is pretty impressive, especially when you compare the teams individually – player for player.

To face Wales in the first round of the knock-out stage is actually a pretty good deal for Northern Ireland. If there is any group winner they can beat, it might just be Wales or Hungary.

Ahead of this game, Northern Ireland doesn’t have any injury concerns. However, four players are risking to get suspended in the next round if they are booked. Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans, Jamie Ward and Stuart Dallas.

Martin O’Neill is expected to start with the same team as in the last game, even though Kyle Lafferty is hoping to get called off the bench.

Our prediction

In our opinion, there is no doubt Wales is a better team than Nortern Ireland. The teams are about as well-organized, but the key players of Wales are way better.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are expected to win this game for their country. Then they will reach the quarterfinal in an European championship, a great win for the entire team and their supporters.

Therefore, we put our money on Wales to win to 21/20 (2,05) at Betsafe.

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Betting tips:

Betting tips: Wales to win
Odds: Fraction: 21/20 | Decimal: 2,05
Bookie: Betsafe (£20 free bet)
Kick-off: Saturday 25 June 5.00pm GMT

Best odds:

Bet Fraction Decimal Bookie
Wales  21/20  2,05
Draw  21/10  3,10
Northern Ireland  4/1  5,00
Over 2,5 goals  21/10  3,10
Under 2,5 goals  2/5  1,40
1: 49%
X: 32%
2: 20%
Over 2,5 goals: 32%
Under 2,5 goals: 71%