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Wales vs Portugal- Preview, Head to Head and Predicted Lineups

Utkarsh Bhatla

Wales vs Portugal- Preview

The highflying Wales take on an efficient Portugal in the semi finals of Euro 2016 in Lyon tonight. While Wales have continuously made it a point to outscore the opposition in order to secure victory, Portugal are yet to win a game in this tournament in the stipulated 90 minutes.

The build up for this clash has been all about the battle between the Galacticos, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both these stalwarts would be looking to move one step closer towards winning their first ever Euro Championship, a feat that would ensure a name for themselves in the folklore of their respective countries.

Robson could play a big role in Wales vs Portugal
Robson could play a big role in Wales vs Portugal

While Bale has been well supported by his teammates, Ronaldo has cut a sorry figure at the top of the line, being only partially supported by Renato and Nani.

But the one thing that probably works in Portugal’s favour is that they always seem to find a way to grind out results, especially in big knockout games.

Also Read: 5 Players to look out for in Wales vs Portugal

Pepe has a thigh muscle problem and did not train with the team on Monday and could be left out in tonight’s game. If that’s the case then Portugal will find it really tough to keep Gareth Bale and Robson Kanu at bay.

Also read: Bale vs Ronaldo 

Wales have problems of their own as Aaron Ramsey, the midfield marshal, is suspended for this game.

Portugal’s William Carvalho also makes it to the suspension list for this game and Portugal will be dreading the fact that their best defensive midfielder won’t be there to shield his defence against Bale’s prowess

If Bale and Ronaldo both find their groove, this should be an end-to-end encounter with goals flying left, right and center.

Wales vs Portugal- Head to Head

In the 5 games played between these two sides, Portugal have emerged victorious on 4 occasions and none of the games have ended in a draw.

Portugal Starting XI- Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Eliseu, Danilo, Sanches, Mario, Moutinho, Ronaldo, Nani

 Wales Starting XI– Hennessey, Gunter, Collins, Williams, Chester, Taylor, King, Allen, Ledley, Bale, Robson-Kanu

Do tune into Wales vs Portugal for some mouth watering footballing action

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