Our match prediction:
Belgium will be looking to build on a 4-0 win over Hungary when they square off against Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. The Red Devils impressed in the triumph over Bernd Storck’s troops and it has to be noted that they had no less than 25 goal attempts during the match. Eden Hazard proved his worth in the clash against Hungary and all eyes will be on the Chelsea ace when the two teams take on each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Friday’s football match. Wales were more than fortunate to beat Northern Ireland in the last 16 and, no doubt, Gareth Bale and Co. are going to rely on their rock-solid defence against Belgium. Wales did well to beat Marc Wilmots’ troops in the qualifiers and, no doubt, the Belgians face a difficult task in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. Taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams will share the spoils after 90 minutes.
Highligted Player (Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe. Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon. Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (Belgium):
Present on the international stage since 1904, Belgium national team have had plenty of ups and downs in the past, finishing as runners up at the 1980 European Championship in Italy. The Red Devils also won the third place on home soil at the 1972 tournament, while they enjoyed some success at the World Cup finals as well. Belgium qualified for 12 World Cup tournaments, reaching the semi-finals in 1986 and quarter-finals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. It is the generation that played in Brazil that is believed to be the most talented team since the one featuring Enzo Scifo, Michel Preud’homme and Franky van der Elst. Playing their home games at King Baudouin Stadium, the Red Devils have impressed at the start of the 21st century, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne just some of the world-class players in the squad. Following some impressive results in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and international friendlies, Belgium climbed to number 1 position in the FIFA Rankings in November 2015.