On Monday evening Wales will attempt to reach the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time since 1958. Real Madrid galactico Gareth Bale has been an instrumental part of the Dragons campaign thus far, and he will need to be at his spellbinding best once again for Wales to progress.
Of course Russia have stars of their own. Fedor Smolov and Igor Smolinkov have been shining lights of a dreadful Russia campaign. Roman Neustadter was a late inclusion and could yet prove a difference maker after switching his allegiances to Russia.
Leonid Slutsky’s men are 7/4 to complete the job in ugly fashion and somehow scrape their way through to the last 16. Wales can be found at 2/1 in the majority of bookies, reasonable considering how impressive they were in qualification and in their first two competitive fixtures.
Despite being English, its difficult to argue that Gareth Bale has been one of the players of the tournament. His sensational swerving free-kicks have caught out even the most elite keepers. With him on the field, Wales are only ever seconds away from creating a piece of magic. Bale is 13/8 to score his third goal of the group stage.
The ageing centre back pairing of Vaslui Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevish have proved a costly selection this far. The duo lack pace, which could be easily exploited by Bale and co. So much so that the Real Madrid man is 60/1 to grab a first Euro 2016 hat-trick.
Safe Bet – Both teams to score 8/5
Long Shot – Gareth Bale to score a hat-trick 60/1
|Wayne Hennessey||Igor Akinfeev|
|Chris Gunter||Georgi Schennikov|
|Ashley Williams||Vaslui Berezutski|
|Ben Davies||Sergei Ignashevish|
|James Chester||Igor Smolinkov|
|Ashley Taylor||Denis Glushakov|
|Aaron Ramsay||Pavel Mamaev|
|Andy King||Oleg Shatov|
|Joe Allen||Aleksandar Kokorin|
|Sam Vokes||Fedor Smolov|
|Gareth Bale||Artem Dzyuba|
Odds correct at time of publishing, Odds found at Oddschecker.com