We are now down to the final 8 teams at Euro 2016 in France, and while some of the betting odds favorites are where we expected them to be, there are a couple of surprise teams still in the mix. Iceland have been the biggest surprise of the tournament so far, and it has to be said that Wales have also gone a lot further than most soccer odds fans expected. If the Welsh hope to continue their splendid run, they are going to have to get past a very good Belgium team that many people had pegged as a very definite dark horse before the tournament began. The Belgians have one of the best groups of players in the tournament, but it’s a group that has disappointed at major tournaments so far, despite the promise that they have shown along the way. Of the 4 games on the schedule in the quarter-finals, this may be the one that is the most intriguing. It’s also the one that I think is most likely to deliver some goals, so let’s take a closer look at both sides.
How To Bet the Wales vs. Belgium 2016 Euro Quarter Finals Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, July 1 at 3 PM EST
Where: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Euro 2016 Odds: Belgium -140, Wales +470, Draw +244
— Wales (@FAWales) June 29, 2016
Why bet on Wales
The Welsh have been something of a revelation in this tournament, thanks in large part to the play of Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid star has delivered exactly what you would expect from a start player, scoring 3 times and laying the winner on a plate in the 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the round of 16. Wales actually had to face Belgium in qualifying, and managed a win and a draw against them, and all without giving up a single goal. You do have to wonder about the nerves here, though, as Wales looked particularly tight in their previous match. This team will go as far as Bale carries them, which means he really needs to be on against Belgium.
Why bet on Belgium
Belgium have been something of a Jekyll & Hyde type of team during this tournament. They go from looking like a team out of ideas to one that can carve an opponent open whenever they feel like it. The snuck into the Round of 16 by the skin of their teeth, but then proceeded to take Hungary apart in a resounding 4-0 win. If that latter team shows up on Saturday, it could be a very long day indeed for Wales. While Belgium has not had the best of it against the Welsh in recent meetings, they have won 5 and drawn 3 of the 12 prior meetings with Wales. He Live odds are likely to have Belgium as the favorite going into this one.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I expect Wales to be a little more adventurous than they were against Northern Ireland, and that may prove to be their downfall. Belgium should win the midfield battle, and will find a way to hit the Welsh on the counter-attack.
Wales 1 Belgium 3