Bet of the day: Bale to score and Wales beat Belgium in 90 mins
Holly Thackeray | July 1, 2016
Coral’s bet of the day
- Bale has bagged in three of four Euro 2016 outings, jointly leading top scorer chart
- The Real Madrid star created the winner against Northern Ireland
- Wales took four points from six off Belgium in Euro qualifying
- Bale scored the winner against the Red Devils in Cardiff last time they met
- Defender Thomas Vermaelen ruled out for Belgium
Bale to score and Wales win in 90 mins (max stake £20) at 9/1
Coral’s featured bet of the day for Friday sees last Home Nation standing Wales take centre stage for their crunch Euro 2016 quarter-final collision with Belgium.
In this evening’s dust-up for a spot in the semis, punters can plump for a 9/1 price on main Dragons dangerman Gareth Bale to dispatch and Wales to beat Belgium in 90 minutes, with a maximum stake of £20.
Why you may ask, is a Welsh wager the way to go? Read on to find out the reasons to back Bale and co at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy…
Dragons know how to defeat Red Devils
Few would have placed a punt on Wales being the last remaining Home Nation in France, or that they would secure the smoother half of the knockout draw having finished first in Group B.
But that is exactly what Chris Coleman’s contingent have achieved so far, and their passionate swathes of red support will not be ready for that journey to end against Belgium, a foe they have been able to thwart recently.
Italy have already shown the formula to deny the Red Devils in this competition, and the Dragons defence will be no less determined to render their opponents impotent. Wales are also most comfortable when playing on the counter – making this a match-up that should suit them to a tee.
Of course, the Italians could have seen just how Wales set up to take four points from six off the Belgians in qualifying, with those two key performances which saw them make the finals.
A victory last time these two met with Belgium beaten 1-0 in Cardiff, and an earlier draw on enemy territory, means Wales should have no fear when facing this familiar opponent on neutral foreign soil.
Bale a Wales wonder
Of course, unsurprisingly it was Dragons superstar Bale who breached Belgium with a winner last time, and he has been just a decisive this tournament as in qualifying.
Having stepped up sensationally, Bale has bagged three goals plus one assist to go joint-top of the Euro scorer chart, alongside Antoine Griezmann and now ousted Alvaro Morata.
Arguably the most influential player in France, Belgium’s captain and talisman Eden Hazard is nowhere near as consistent as the Blancos sensation.
In another boost for Coleman and co, suspended defender Thomas Vermaelen will be absent for Marc Wilmots’ men, weakening the backline for former Spurs star Bale to exploit. With that in mind, a nifty 9/1 on Bale to net and Wales to win in normal time looks smashing value.
Check out our previous bet of the day picks.