Portugal v Wales betting tips – Lyon semi-final could go the distance

Lyon semi-final could go the distance

Wales' Aaron Ramsey, top, celebrates with team mates and staff members an equalizer goal by Wales' Ashley Williams during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Betting Tip: Draw @ 21/10 with ladbrokes

After the celebrations on Friday night, Aaron Ramsey woke up on Saturday morning and remembered immediately that he will be watching Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semi-final from the dugout.

A yellow card against Belgium means the Arsenal player is suspended for the clash along with team-mate Ben Davies, with Chris Coleman having to shuffle the pack for arguably the biggest game in the nation’s history.

James Collins is likely to replace Davies as part of the preferred back three, with Ashley Williams and James Chester the other reliable members of the trident.

Replacing Ramsey is a trickier business, although Andy King and David Edwards are options to slot into the middle of the park and will surely be preferred over Jonny Williams who has more impact as a substitute.

Wales will be described as underdogs for the game and look slightly inferior player-for-player although that was previously the case against Belgium and the former ran out 3-1 winners.

The confident gained from landing victory in that match will serve the Welsh very well, especially as Portugal are yet to win a game in ninety minutes. They failed to beat Iceland and Austria in Group F, needing Cristiano Ronaldo firing to land a 3-3 draw against Hungary.

A dire goalless draw followed against Croatia where penalties were narrowly avoided before a shoot-out win over Poland.

Ronaldo naturally needs close attention but the Real Madrid star has drawn a blank in four of his five matches, while there is little in the way of scoring threat from the rest of the team.

The big player for Portugal could turn out to be Renato Sanches who was arguably the best on the pitch against the Poles, scoring the equaliser and demonstrating prowess from a defensive and attacking perspective.

With William Carvalho missing in the middle of the park, Sanches has even more responsibility although the Bayern Munich new boy seems to thrive on these big occasions.

This is a semi-final and there’s a huge prize at stake for both sides. Wales are entering the unknown here, although the same applies to the bulk of the Portugal squad who don’t have that winning mentality after all those draws.

Indeed, the Portuguese will have a pre-occupation with stopping Gareth Bale and his club team-mate Pepe will be in charge of making sure that the former doesn’t have a night to remember.

All things considered, we have to plump for the draw in this game. Wales have a never-say-die spirit and their only defeat came at the death against England. Portugal might not have won in ninety minutes but they haven’t lost in normal time either.

Betting Tip: Draw @ 21/10 with ladbrokes

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