Wales Vs Belgium: Several years ago you wouldn’t have expected these two teams to play in group stages let alone in the quarterfinals of international competitions. But they have definitely proved their doubters wrong by showing their real quality and determination. The astonishing rise from lower positions to breaking into top 10 footballing nations worldwide is a fairy tale in itself. While the Belgium have a golden attack comprising of top quality stars including Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens whereas Wales is more viewed as a passionate and determined one-man army led by popular Real Madrid star Gareth Bale. The two sides have already met in friendlies where Wales achieved a hard fought 1-0 win with the only goal scored by who else, Gareth Bale. However it will be another entertaining clash, quite appropriately defined as ‘Quality vs Passion’.
Wales Vs Belgium Match Preview, Squad News: UEFA Euro, 02/07/2016
Belgium – Squad News
Marc Wilmots recently dealt with a major defensive blow as it was discovered that current left back Jan Vertonghen has twisted his knee in training and is ruled out of the competition. Whereas, Thomas Vermaelen who has recently shown quality displays isn’t eligible to play after earning a suspension. Hence, youngsters Jordan Lukaku and Jason Denayer are expected to fill in the voids left by their seniors.
However, the hardworking midfield pivot of Radja Nainggolan and Axel Witsel will be the ones to look out for. They have provided appropriate defensive cover so that the attackers can perform their magic and destroy their opponents. While attackers are delivering up to the expectations as they have thrashed two teams with a minimum score line of 3-0. The golden attack of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have caused more than enough problems for opposition defenders to deal with. Romelu Lukaku has scored 2 goals so far while Eden Hazard as also scored one, however, it was just amazing to watch.
Probable Starting Lineup: Courtois, Meunier, Alderwiereld, Denayer, Jordan, Witsel, Nainggolan, Mertens, De Bruyne Hazard, Romelu Lukaku
Wales – Squad News
It would have been absolutely devastating to lose the captain in what could be the most crucial ever match for the nation. Chris Coleman had been sweating recently over fitness issue of Welsh captain Ashley Williams who suffered a shoulder injury in the ‘Round of 16’ tie against Northern Ireland. However, danger has been avoided as Williams has been declared fit to play by medical staff. David Hennessey after skipping initial phases of competition will continue to safeguard the goal.
Their midfield will comprise of unnoticed yet hardworking players Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen. Ramsey’s stamina and Allen’s passing in a controlled manner helps their main man Bale to focus more on the attack who himself is a renowned goal threat through his aerial attacks and free kicks. Bale has scored three goals, two of which came from free kicks from 30-yards out. While Robson-Kanu who scored the winning goal helping his team with a perfect start in the tournament will partner Bale upfront.
Probable Starting Lineup: Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Davies, Chester, Williams, Allen, Ledley, Bale, Ramsey, Robson-Kanu.
Predictions: Wales deservedly have been my second favourite team in the competition, after Germany, hence I optimistically will go for a 1-0 win. However, with the Belgians, you never know what might happen. Nevertheless, it will be an amazing clash between the underrated teams.
Wales Vs Belgium Free Live Streaming
The match is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 AM (IST) and will be available on SONYLIV app for Android users. You can also watch the Live Stream directly from ESPN.in, the official site for live streaming broadcasts in India.
Other than SonyESPN, the live stream can be availed at BBC iPlayer, Bein Sports Connect, TSN Tv. These are the official broadcasters of Euro 2016 in their respective nations.Livesoccer.net and Ronaldo7.net are the other most used sites for watching Live Stream.