Can Gareth Bale and Wales cause another upset? Will Burns does not seem to think so…
Friday 1st July 2016 – 20:00 BST
EURO 2016 – QUARTER-FINALS
WALES v BELGIUM
Wales coach Chris Coleman can hold some hope that his side was unbeaten against Belgium in both matches in qualification and can look to get at Marc Wilmots’ weakened defence. They held the Red Veils to a goal-less draw away in Brussels before winning 1-0 in Cardiff.
The Belgian boss was dealt a blow at the back this week when Thomas Vermaelen picked up a suspension after he collected his second booking in the 4-0 win over Hungary on Sunday. In addition, Jan Vertonghen has been confirmed as out after twisting his ankle in training earlier this week.
Coleman almost has a fully fit squad at his disposal apart from a late fitness test for captain Ashley Williams following the shoulder injury he occurred in the 1-0 win over Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland battled hard in that game and were unlucky not to gain the pass through to the last eight. Wales disappointed as Gareth Bale was shackled and failed to inspire his side to the victory until his cross was diverted home by West Brom’s Gareth MacAuley in a devastating own goal.
Belgium’s route to the last eight was one the other side of the spectrum. They displayed possibly the best performance of the tournament thus far thrashing Hungary by four goals. Prior to that a comfortable 3-0 trimpuh over Ireland, followed by a 1-0 win against a poor Sweden side, they have now won their last three matches with an aggregate 8-0 scoreline.
The engine seems to be revving for the Wilmots’ side and even with some key defenders out, I fail to see a Wales defence starring James Chester, Ben Davies and Ashley Williams (if fit), stop Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard to name a few. Hazard really turned on the style on Sunday and looks to be firing on all cylinders, for him to score anytime tomorrow night is 51/20 at 888Sport, a cracking price that is worth getting on.
If you’re betting… good luck!
TIP: Belgium to win (1.80 at Bet365)
TIP: Eden Hazard anytime goalscorer (3.55 at 888Sport)