We have reached the penultimate stage of Euro 2016 and by this Friday morning we will know the two sides that will do battle in the final of the European Championships.
Wales have been one of the biggest stories of Euro 2016 and they face the inconsistent Portugal before France and Germany do battle in what many experts believe is the ‘real final’.
We continued our betting success during the quarter-final stage of the tournament and we are confident that we can find a couple more winning plays in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
Thursday 7 July, 5:00am, Stade des Lumieres
Portugal are yet to win a game in regular time at Euro 2016, but they have still managed to progress to the semi-finals and are favourites to make it to their second final of the European Championships.
Portugal were far from convincing again against Poland, with Cristiano Ronaldo particularly poor, but they held their nerve in the penalty shootout and they just keep on finding ways to progress to the next stage of the tournament.
Ronaldo had a number of chances to score against Poland and he was unable to find the back of the net – how he responds against Wales will be fascinating and could go a long way to determining the winner of this fixture.
This is definitely a very challenging game for Portugal.
They are really yet to gel as a unit and they have relied on moments of brilliance to get them through each game to date.
An improved all-round team performance will be needed to beat Portugal and whether they will actually be able to do that is a big query.
Wales produced their best performance of the tournament to date against Belgium and they will go into this clash with a great deal of confidence.
They went brilliantly organised against Belgium and defended like their lives depended on it throughout, while they showed once again how dangerous they can be on the counter-attack and when they get forward.
The loss of Aaron Ramsay to suspension is a big one as they don’t have another player at that level in the heart of midfield, but this Welsh side has an outstanding team spirit and will work hard to cover for the loss of the Arsenal midfielder.
Wales will go into this clash with a very similar formation as they had against Belgium and will look to hit what can be a suspect Portuguese defence on the counter-attack.
Portugal are awfully short to win this clash for a team that is yet to win a game at this tournament and there is no reason why Wales can’t replicate their performance with Belgium to cap off what has been a truly triumphant return to the top level of international football.
Recommended Bet: Back Wales To Quality @ $2.40
Friday 8 July, 5:00am, Stade Velodrome
This is the most anticipated clash of the tournament to date and the winner of this semi-final is set to start the final of Euro 2016 as clear favourites.
France stuttered their way through the pool stages and were far from impressive in the quarter-finals against the Republic Of Ireland, but they showed just what they are capable of with an explosive performance against Iceland in the quarter-finals.
The likes of Paul Pogba and Olivier Giroud have been criticised for their lacklustre performances during this tournament to date and French manager Didier Deschamps would have been delighted with the way that the duo played against Iceland.
The only negative from that performance was the fact that they conceded two goals.
These goals may have come when the game was already in the bag, but it just goes to highlight just how flakey the French defence can be and they will obviously face a much tougher assignment against the brilliant German midfield.
Germany were not at their best against Italy – particularly in the penalty shootout – but it is clear that the World Cup champions were incredibly relieved to have finally beaten Italy at a major tournament.
The Germans were a touch nervy in that fixture – especially after they took the lead – and they should be able to produce a more confident performance against a French side that will be unable to shut them down as effectively as Italy did.
We all saw what Germany did when they reached the semi-final stage of the 2014 World Cup and it would not surprise me if we saw a similar performance against France on Friday morning.
The German midfield is more than capable of absolutely bamboozling the inconsistent French defence and the Germans have every chance of having this game wrapped up by the end of the first half.
I am very confident that Germany will be able to progress to the final of Eur0 2016 and they represent great value in a range of different betting markets.
Recommended Bets: Germany To Win @ $2.80, Germany To Qualify @ $1.91 and Germany/Germany @ $4.75 in the Half-Time/Full-Time Double