How the Bookies See It
- Wales: Gareth Bale 6/1, Sam Vokes 9/1, Simon Church 9/1, Hal Robson-Kanu 12/1, Aaron Ramsey 12/1 – Paddy Power
- Belgium: Romelu Lukaku 7/2, Christian Benteke 4/1, Divock Origi 5/1, Michy Batshuayi 5/1, Eden Hazard 11/2 – William Hill
- No Goalscorer: 13/2 - William Hill
- Gareth Bale has had a very successful Euro 2016, scoring a goal in three of the four matches that Wales have played thus far. He is in great form at the moment and will be keener than ever to send another ball or two into the back of the Belgian net.
- Sam Vokes has had limited time on the pitch in this tournament, only playing in two of the four Wales matches, and only for 55 minutes in the second of those.
- Simon Church has had even less chance to impress for Wales, having been brought on as a substitute for Bale 83 minutes into the game against Russia on 20th June.
- Romelu Lukaku has played well in this tournament, but his brightest hour was in Belgium’s game against Ireland on 18th June, when he scored two goals to help secure a final scoreline of 3-0. He hasn’t scored in any other game so far.
- Christian Benteke’s time on the pitch during Euro 2016 only totals 11 minutes (eight in the game against Ireland and three in the game against Sweden) so his lack of goals thus far is perfectly understandable. Of course, with so little exposure in this tournament it is hard to make a case for him being first goalscorer this evening.
On paper, the two players most likely to score first in tonight’s game are Romelu Lukaku for Belglum and Gareth Bale for Wales, and the odds offered by the bookmakers about those players reflect that fact. Belgium are the favourites to win the game overall, but in big games like this, the underdogs have everything to play for and Wales have now got the self-belief that they need to cause a real upset.
Bale has been reported as saying that Wales are in better form now than they were when they secured the 1-0 win over Belgium last year, so he doesn’t sound like someone who is thinking that they can’t go any further in this tournament. Whether or not Wales win the game as a whole, we think that his confidence and proven ability make him the man to watch for the first goal.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Gareth Bale to be first goalscorer - 6/1 at Paddy Power
*Please note, odds may change as the game approaches.