The bookmakers are not quite so confident in Wales and it is Belgium who are tipped to make it through, leaving many fans to wonder what might unfold on a momentous night at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
How the Bookies See it
- Match Winner: Belgium 3/4, Draw 12/5, Wales 9/2 - William Hill
- To Qualify: Belgium 1/3, Wales 9/4 - Bet365
- First Goalscorer: Romelu Lukaku 4/1, Michy Batshuayi 5/1, Gareth Bale 11/2 - Ladbrokes
- Correct Score: Belgium 1-0 19/4, Belgium 2-0 13/2, Draw 1-1 13/2 - BetVictor
- Wales edged out Slovakia 2-1 in their first game of the tournament, before conceding an injury-time goal to lose 2-1 to England. They beat Russia 3-0 to seal the top spot in Group B and then battled to a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the last 16.
- Belgium started their Euro 2016 campaign with a 2-0 defeat by Italy, but have got steadily better since then and scored eight goals without reply. They cruised to a 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland, overcame Sweden 1-0 and then became the first team of the tournament to net four goals in a game against Hungary.
- Gareth Bale scored the only goal of the game the last time the two teams met, in qualifying for Euro 2016 last June. They had previously drawn 0-0 in Brussels the previous November.
Wales were not at their best against Northern Ireland, but managed to grind out a result and should not feel under as much pressure after progressing to the quarter-finals. They are the underdogs but will have no fear of Belgium after beating them in qualifying and it will suit Wales’ style of play to let their opponents have most of the ball and try to utilise Bale’s skills on the break.
The key for Wales will be keeping it tight at the back and not allowing Belgium space, particularly Eden Hazard. The Chelsea player produced perhaps the individual performance of the tournament against Hungary and has the ability to torment the Welsh defence almost single-handedly as well, but not if he is starved of time and Chris Coleman gets his tactics right as he largely has done so far.
As there is so much on the line and there was little to choose between the teams when they played in qualifying, another close contest should be on the cards. Belgium are the understandable favourites but Wales’ confidence will be so high that they could easily take the game to extra time, at which point the spaces might just begin to open up and a moment of magic from someone like Hazard or Bale could be enough. Even if you’re not sure which team might snatch victory, odds of 7/1 at Sky Bet on either team to win in extra time could well be worth a punt.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Either team to win in extra time - 7/1 at Sky Bet
Please note, odds may fluctuate in the run-up to the match.