The second quarter final game pits the last Home Nation left in Euro 2016, Wales against the team that many have been backing to win a major championship for the last few years, Belgium. Wales are in untracked territory here as they prepare for their first ever European Championship quarter final. Belgium on the other hand have been here before but not for a very long time and will see this game as an ideal opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.
Wales defeated fellow UK residents Northern Ireland in the previous round thanks to a Gareth McAuley own goal and to be honest, they didn't really cope with the favourites tag very well. They will hardly have ever played a game that so many people expected them to win before then and you could definitely tell when watching them. The key part is though, that they get the job done and here they are in the quarter final which is a lot further than they will have anticipated. Yes the Northern Ireland game wasn't exactly great for the neutral but Chris Coleman and the rest of the Welsh boys have managed to create history here and I'm sure the Welsh fans will be proud of them regardless of what happens from this point on.
Belgium decided to show up for their last game against Hungary. That's the thing with Belgium, they can struggle to break a team down and end up drawing or winning 1-0 and 3 days later they can destroy a team 3 or 4 nil. I think Belgium have found their stride now and Wales should be very afraid. Yes the result looked better than it was because 3 goals came later in the game when Hungary were tired but it was still a deserved victory and Belgium still have a lot of special players at their disposal. I think Belgium will progress here and Wales will be sent home with their heads held high and rightly so.
I can't see any other outcome here. Belgium will attack Wales and Wales will try and score on the counter or with a set piece as they have done all tournament. I'm not sure Wales will be able keep out the plethora of attacking talent that Belgium has at their disposal especially because they have not played a team as clinical as Belgium yet in the competition.
What a story this would be, Wales keeping it tight all game and beating the Belgians on penalties. I'm sure the neutrals would enjoy it but it is definitely an outside punt. The odds of this will be pretty good though so if you like long shots then why not stick a few quid on?
I know that a goal is never too far away when you have Gareth Bale on the pitch but I think this game will be a step too far for him to drag Wales over the line again. Belgium will attack with lots of intent and Eden Hazard has been brilliant this tournament, he is likely to tear Wales apart and I'm not sure Chris Gunter will have the answer to stop him. Thibaut Courtois has also had a pretty decent tournament so I can't see him conceding any silly goals.
One thing is certain in this game, Wales will play with a lot of heart and will fight Belgium all the way. I do think Belgium will score a goal in either half but Wales will not go down too easily. I don't expect a repeat of the 4-0 drubbing Hungary received at the hands of Belgium in the previous round but they should win this if they are professional and play how they can.
I backed him to score first in the last game and he scored second - typical. I'm backing him again purely because he has had such a wonderful tournament and he is starting to enjoy playing again which is a key factor for a confidence player such as Hazard. I fancy him to get the ball rolling on a Belgium victory here.
If you're the type to believe newspaper stories, then this guy has all but signed for Chelsea next season and he definitely knows where the goal is. He scored a hatful of goals for Marseille in Ligue 1 this season and also managed to bag a goal in the previous game against Hungary. He is not likely to start the game but if Belgium need a goal than Marc Wilmots will not hesitate to turn to Batshuayi to pull them out of the lurch.