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  • Chris Sobey


Before I move on to give a review of Saturday and Sunday’s Euro 2016 quarter-finals I have to mention how my Ante-Post tournament selections are getting on. It’s good news for anyone who followed my winner advice with Belgium (11/1) and Italy (11/1), both through to the quarter-finals and available to lay back on the exchanges at around 5.4 and 8.2 respectively, if you prefer to be prudent and lay back for a profit or free bet.

My top-scorer advice of Lukaku (20/1) is still with a chance on two goals and Dimitri Payet (66/1) and Keven de Bruyne (25/1) are both still in the hunt for the Player of the Tournament award, with Payet currently favourite with the bookmakers and on the exchanges around 5/1 to win the award.

Wales face Belgium tonight and the Dragons will draw confidence from the fact they won one and drew the other against them in qualifying for this tournament, and also that Belgium have a defensive crisis with the experienced Vermaelen and Vertonghen both missing tonight. However, Wales have their own worries in defence with Williams a doubt after injuring his shoulder against Northern Ireland, but if fails to recover in time they do have no nonsense West Ham defender Collins in reserve, who will also be a real danger at corners and set pieces.

Belgium finally clicked against Hungary thrashing them 4-0, with Hazard finally coming alive with a man of the match performance. With the likes of Hazard, de Bruyne, Lukaku and Nainggolan they have the creativity and firepower to cause Wales plenty of problems, however, Wales have a few star men of their own in midfield and upfront with Bale, Ramsey and Allen all shining in the tournament so far.

Initially I fancied Belgium to win this (advised Belgium Win and Over 2.5 Goals in Match on Tuesday), but with two of their first choice experienced defenders missing i’m not as confident now and think Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals Match double is the safer option.

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