With the tournament in full swing, one of Europe’s hottest rivalries comes to the grandest stage of all. England and Wales will meet in Lens in Thursday’s early kick-off, meaning many may miss this mouth-watering clash.
Wales ended the disheartening 58 year wait for a major tournament win with their 2-1 victory over Slovakia, while Vaslui Berezutski’s last minute equalizer held England to an opening day draw. The three Lions are 4/7 with most bookies while Wales are 13/2. After the opening day triumph, the Welsh will be flowing with confidence and will fancy their chances of overturning their bitter rivals.
Until we see the deadlock broken in Lens, this could be a cagey affair. A loss means topping the group becomes a distant dream for Roy Hodgson’s men, while three points in the other direction means Wales will secure the passage to the round of 16.
With Roy likely to ring the changes on the frontline, both Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge are priced at 9/2 to grab the opening goal. Harry Kane took set piece duty against Russia, but after the social media out-roar, there may be changes in the corner and free-kick tactics tomorrow afternoon.
The spotlight will of course be shifted towards the Welsh’s shining star, Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid ‘galactico’, got his sides tournament off to a sensational start with his pinpoint free-kick. The former Spurs man is bound to be tightly marked by the English. He is 29/10 to score anytime with selected bookies.
|England (4-1-2-1-2)||Wales (5-3-2)|
|Joe Hart||Danny Ward|
|Kyle Walker||Chris Gunter|
|Gary Cahill||Ashley Williams|
|Chris Smalling||James Chester|
|Danny Rose||Ben Davies|
|Eric Dier||Neil Taylor|
|Dele Alli||David Edwards|
|Jack Wilshere||Joe Allen|
|Wayne Rooney||Aaron Ramsay|
|Harry Kane||Gareth Bale|
|Jamie Vardy||Johnnie Williams|
Safe Bet – Gareth Bale to score anytime 5/2
Long Shot – Wayne Rooney – 70/1