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EURO 2016 - Portugal v Wales - MATCH PREVIEW

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Wales will look to continue their dream run in Euro 2016 when they clash with Portugal in the semi-finals. There’s a temptation to bill this as Gareth Bale versus Cristiano Ronaldo clash but this is much more than that. This match will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday, July 6 with the winner moving into the grand finals.

Portugal have been one of the underwhelming sides that has made this far in the tournament. They are yet to win a match in Euro 2016 in regular time. With three draws in the group stage followed by some boring displays against Croatia and Poland, this side is a far cry from being consistent or enterprising. With Ronaldo in no mood to translate his club form to national colors, Portugal is struggling for influence in the final third. But for the heroics of Ricardo Quaresma and the teenager Renato Sanches, this side wouldn’t have come this far. They seem to have developed a knack of performing when discounted which makes them dangerous.

 

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Wales – a team that has been clinical, enterprising and confident in all the games so far in France. Group matches saw them lose only to England while their knockout performances against Northern Ireland and Belgium have been very good. Especially against Belgium Wales surprised the red hot favorites with an authoritative display by mixing efficient attack with clinical midfield mastery. Belgium were stifled and limited in their creativity leading Wales to their maiden semis.

Portugal have no injury worries but William Carvalho will be suspended for this clash. Wales will have deeper problems with the impressive Aaron Ramsey and defender Ben Davies suspended. With the duo vital in their success so far, Wales may find themselves handicapped in this clash.

Betting advice

Portugal are on a drawing streak with all five matches in the Euros ending as draws in regular time. Wales have won four of their five matches and look in enterprising form. But they will miss Ramsey’s control in the midfield and Portugal may succeed in stifling them by dropping back. A draw in regular time looks highly possible.

Individually, Robson-Kanu for Wales and Renato Sanches for Portugal could do the star turns. Back them to be anytime goal scorers in the match.

 

 

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