Germany And France Joint Euro 2016 Favourites Ahead Of Semi Final Clash
- 04 Jul 2016
We really are down to the nitty gritty of Euro 2016 now with just four teams remaining and we are left with a fascinating selection of teams with all four having their own merits and the betting remains hugely popular among punters. Hosts France will play World Champions Germany in perhaps the most attractive of the two semi-finals on Thursday night, whilst surprise packages Wales look to continue their dream run by beating Portgual on Wednesday evening before the Final at the weekend.
France and Germany Fighting For Favouritism
The general consensus is that France and Germany are the strongest teams left in the tournament and the winner of that blockbuster semi-final on Thursday night is sure to go into the final, whoever they play, as the warm favourites to lift the famous trophy. Germany scraped past a stubborn Italy team via a hilarious penalty shootout in their last eight match and the World Champions have very little weakness in their squad as they prepare for their toughest test yet, up against the hosts France. The worry for Germany is their injury problems ahead of the semi-final with Mario Gomez out of the tournament and Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger both potentially missing the semi-final which leaves their midfield looking thin on the ground.
Germany remain strong and experienced though which has to give them a chance against a supremely talented but slightly inconsistent French team. Les Bleu finally hit their straps in the last eight as they swept aside Iceland 5-2 and it does appear that momentum is starting to build behind the home team and few would rule them out of going all the way and lifting the Championships for the first time since 2000. Antoine Griezmann has been in great form in the knock-out stages, whilst Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet continue to create plenty of chances and if those three can hold their form, France could well test Germany to their limits.
The bookmakers are struggling to split these two nations in the outright Euro 2016 Betting with both France and Germany available at 9/5 with Paddy Power to lift the trophy ahead of their semi-final with the winner of their match likely to be odds on for the Final.
Can Wales Continue Their Dream Run Against Portugal?
Wales remain the story of Euro 2016 as their remarkable run continues with a semi-final against Portugal on Wednesday night and they have a genuine chance of making it to the Final this weekend in one of the most remarkable stories in recent memory (since Leicester won the Premier League). The Welsh had a very easy path through to the last eight but they stepped up to the plate when needed to brush aside the highly fancied Belgians in remarkable fashion 3-1 and they really did deserve that result up against a team that on paper was far superior to theirs.
Aaron Ramsey will miss the Portugal game through suspension which is a major blow for Chris Coleman but they are clearly more than the sum of their parts and with the likes of Joe Allen and of course Gareth Bale still playing well, they cannot be ruled out against the Portuguese.
Portugal have done something remarkable during this tournament.
So far they are yet to win a game of football inside 90 minutes in five games in France. They scraped through the group stages in unconvincing fashion but they have looked reasonably solid at the back since with an extra time win over the highly fancied Croatia and a penalty shoot-out success over Poland in the last eight seeing them once again make it through to the last four. Cristiano Ronaldo has been far from his brilliant best which is a boost for Wales but he remains the main threat with the Real Madrid man clearly still among the best in the world, even if he isn't 100% fit right now.
There is no doubt that on paper Wales have the weaker team as they play Portugal but their win over Belgium was highly impressive and few would be surprised to see them repeat that trick and make the final in stunning circumstances. Portgual are certainly the favourites for the Semi-Final and are currently 7/2 with Sky Bet, whilst Wales remain the outsiders of the field at 17/2 with Paddy Power to go all the way and lift the European Championship trophy.