England vs Wales 2016 Euro Match Odds Preview
Soccer fans love nothing more than a good rivalry game, especially when the meeting has some rather important implications. After 1 round of action, Group B is looking a little different than most people thought it would. Wales are the surprise leaders after a huge win against Slovakia, while England are still licking their wounds after conceding a very late goal to Russia to end their first game of the tournament with a 1-1 tie. Despite the cries of the British tabloids, England are not yet in panic mode, as the 24-team format, a first for the European Championships, means that 4 3rd place finishers will move on to the next round. It’s not an ideal scenario for a team heavily favored to go deep in the tournament, and it’s going to be interesting to see how this young group bounces back after that opening game. Anything out of this game for Wales would have them sitting pretty, which means they may be content to try and play for a draw. The soccer betting lines will likely have the English as slight favorites, but this is a tricky one.
How To Bet the Wales Vs England 2016 Euro Cup Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Thursday, June 16 at 9 AM EST
Where: Stade Bolleart-Delelis, Lens
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Euro 2016 Odds: England -190
Why bet on Wales
The recurring theme of the opening round of games is something that we regularly see at major tournaments, and that is teams trying not to lose. It has made for some dour football, but Wales have been one of the bright lights so far. They went out looking for the win in their opener, and were fully deserving of their 2-1 win over Slovakia. This is a team that will go as far as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will carry them, and he certainly looked up for it, scoring a wonderful free kick goal in the opener. Wales have not had much luck against England over the years, but they are going up against a team that is a little against the ropes after the tie against Russia.
Why bet on England
The England players must have walked off the field in Marseille wondering how they only came away with a point. They dominated the Russians for the majority of the game, and created plenty of chances in the process. Their lack of finishing makes you wonder if they will make a change up front, with the speedy Jamie Vardy perhaps coming in for Harry Kane. This is, for the most part, a young England squad lacking in tournament experience, and that showed a little at the end of their opening game. One small lapse in concentration saw 3 points turn into one in a heartbeat. England have not lost to Wales since 1984, but that may change if the poor finishing continues.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is sure to be a nervy affair, especially for England who really need something out of this one. Wales may well be content to sit back and try and hit on the break, which is a definite possibility with Bale in the line-up.
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