Euro 2016 Portugal vs. Wales Semifinal Prediction and Preview

Portugal is gearing up for its fifth Euro semifinal in a row and this time it is competing with Wales.

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Chris Coleman’s side performed extremely well in the quarter final that took place on Friday and secured the first ticket to the semi-finals. Portugal too paved their way with difficulty to the top four teams of Euro 2016 but with Ronaldo in their leading XI, it might be tough to defeat them.

This fight to the final is taking place at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stadium at Lyon on Wednesday 6th of July 2016.

Wales vs. Portugal Head-to-Head Facts

  • Wales and Portugal are meeting in a game for the first time in a major tournament.
  • Previously the both team met for three friendly matches where Portugal won two and Wales won one
  • This is the fifth time when Portugal is competing in the UEFA Euro semis but is yet to win in 90 minutes at Euro 2016.
  • Wales is the first new comer team to reach semi-finals after Sweden in 1992
  • Portugal defeated Wales 3-2 in a 1949 friendly match but lost 2-1 in Cardiff during the year 1951
  • They met lately in Chaves in June 2000 where Portuguese won 3-0

Wales

Wales has created history by being the first Euro debutant to reach the semi final after Sweden. Their victory was truly inspirational and this nation has definitely been exceeding expectations during Euro 2016. Chris Coleman’s side left the audience astounded as they defeated Belgium by 3-1. After defeating Slovakia, this victory is yet another highlight of Wales’ journey in the tournament. The team has truly worked hard to secure this win against Belgium

Predicted Line Up Robson Kanu, Bale, Ledley, King, Allen, Taylor, Gunter, Chester, Williams, Collins and Hennessey.

Portugal

Portugal has had a shaky start in the tournament and is yet to win in 90 minutes. In the match against Poland, Ronaldo was targeted and Portugal witnessed exceptional performance by the 18 year old Renato Sanches who played a combined goal with Nani that shot past Lukasz Fabianksi . Managed by Fernando Santos, this team entered the semi-finals with 5-3 penalty shootout win over Poland followed by a 1-1 draw post extra time. Although Robert Lewandowski opened the score rather early for Poland, Portugal fought back rather well and the levels were equal in half hour. Portugal scored five during the penalty shootout after Ronaldo took the first kick.

Predicted Line Up : Nani, Ronaldo, Joao Moutino, Joao Mario, Renato Sanches, Danillo, Eliseu,Fonte, Pepe, Cedric and Rui Patricio.

Wales in Danger with Yellow Cards

Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey of Wales will not be present during the semifinal since they have received two yellow cards during the series. This factor has increased Portugal’s chances of winning. James Collins will replace Davies while David Edwards, Andy King or Jonny Williams will take Ramsey’s position.

This rule does not make too much sense as 2 cards in 5 games should not eliminate a player from the semi- finals.

The Clash of the Real Madrid Team Mates: Ronaldo vs. Bales

Ronaldo and Bale will be seen head to head in this match. Both these players play for Real Madrid and have played in unison to win the European Cup for the team about a month ago. This time they will be contesting against each other which will play an important part in deciding the best European player. Where Ronaldo has completed 6 years with 50 club goals, Bale has managed to secure half of that only once. However, where Ronaldo‘s focus lies in individual as well as team goals, there Bale’s team player spirit is more enticing. This match between two strong players will certainly be something to watch out for!

Final Prediction

Deciding the outcome of this match is an extremely difficult task. Both the teams have Real Madrid stars on their respective teams. Where Portugal has not won any match, Wales has defeated one of the best teams, Belgium with ease. Wales certainly looks in better form than Portugal therefore the chances of the former winning are better than those of the latter.

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