The Wales vs Belgium Euro 2016 quarter-final match will take place on Friday, July 1, 2016 (20:00 BST) at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. This quarter-final match is being described as the ‘biggest game’ Wales has played since the 1958 World Cup. The betting experts at Bet365 have made Belgium a heavy favorite to win the match, meaning that a Welsh victory would be even that more impressive.
Wales have made it this far in the tournament via a series of impressive display that have defied the expectations set forth by the football pundits. Wales qualified to the Round of 16 by winning Group B, ahead of favorites England and Russia. Wales went on to defeat Northern Ireland in a tight 1-0 encounter, thus earning a spot in the quarter-finals.
The Welsh side relies on two main players: Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Nonetheless, Wales has shown grit and determination, playing as a well-practiced team, even if just two players could be considered superstar class.
On the other hand, Belgium has made it this far by displaying a solid style of football. Belgium ended up in second place of Group E, winning two matches after losing it’s opening group match against Italy. In the Round of 16, Belgium dismantled Hungary and crushed them 4-0.
The Belgian side is peppered with young superstars, and many pundits had made them one of the teams that had a chance to win the Euro 2016. Currently, the bookies show Belgium as heavy favorites, who should be able to move on past Wales.
Although Wales have played quite well to reach this point in the tournament, they will face their toughest test so far, a powerful Belgium side that is looking to leave a mark in the tournament. It will be a close game, given that Wales will likely play counter-attacking football. Nonetheless, unless Gareth Bale plays the match of his life, Belgium should be able to win.