Wales are in semi-final action tonight, yes, that’s right, and it’s going to be nail biting stuff, as Chris Coleman’s team look to go one better, and get themselves into the final of a major championships for the first time in their history.
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Wales aren’t the favourites tonight, that falls to Portugal, who are 6/5 to win in 90 minutes. Wales are 16/5 outsiders, with the draw at 21/10.
Wales are giving off the vibe that they are not just here to make up the numbers though. They have a winner in their ranks in Gareth Bale, and he seems to be rubbing off on the rest of the group.
I could envisage a scenario similar to that of Iceland’s against France pre Bale, where the Welsh would have thought they had done more than enough by just getting to the semi-finals, and if they get knocked out, then so what.
This team seems to have an inner belief and determination though. They are giving off the vibe that they are here to win, not to just make up the numbers, and whoever has instilled that belief, be it ex-Coventry City manager (wanted to get that bit in) Chris Coleman, or Bale, needs to take a lot of credit.
Losing Arron Ramsey is a big loss, he is a big cog in the Wales game plan. The out ball to Ramsey that led to the Robson-Kanu goal against Belgium is a big outlet when Wales are under pressure, and it’s hard to see Ramsey’s replacement – whoever it may be – having that quality.
Ramsey’s absence might go some way to explaining why Portugal are far shorter in the betting than I thought they would be, in what looks like a 50/50 match on paper.