View All Sports Betting Sites
Thu 23/06/2016 - 23:06 EDT

Northern Ireland vs Wales Preview & Betting Lines

Northern Ireland vs Wales Preview & Betting Lines
In a battle of European Championship newcomers, Group B winners Wales will take on Group C third-place finisher Northern Ireland in a round of 16 match on Saturday. Which United Kingdom country will continue its run to the quarter-finals?

Euro 2016 Round Of 16 Game Prediction 

By Angelo Montilla

Wales (+104) vs Northern Ireland (+394)

Wales and Northern Ireland weren’t even supposed to make it out of the group stage. Now, the two European Championship newcomers will face off in a highly anticipated round of 16 match on Saturday.

This is all new territory for both these countries, which have never played at a European Championship let alone make it to the knockout stage.

Wales, led by star striker Gareth Bale, won Group B with six points after a pair of victories. Northern Ireland on the other hand, finished with just three points in Group C but still qualified as one of the top four third-place teams.

Wales’ manager Chris Coleman is expecting a tough battle against a scrappy Northern Ireland side looking to continue its Cinderella run.

“Northern Ireland are physical,” Coleman told eurosport.com. “They get the ball forward quicker. That’s where their strength is. They are superbly organized and defensively difficult to break down.”

The two clashed in an international friendly in March where they battled to a 1-1 draw. However, there won’t be any ties in the round of 16.

Bovada has set a +210 line that Bale will score in the match and Wales will take the victory. Bale has been extraordinary in this tournament, as he’s tied for the lead in goals with three tallies. He’s a favorite at +130 to score at any point of the match — a good value considering the Real Madrid star has had 11 shots on target in the tournament.

northern ireland

Kyle Lafferty remains Northern Ireland’s best shot of scoring for his side despite not having picked up a goal in the tournament yet. Bovada has the Norwich City forward at +225 to score at any point of the match. Another player to keep an eye on is Queens Park Rangers striker Conor Washington, who is pegged at +350 to score in the match.

There’s a lot at stake for both these countries, as the winner will advance to the final eight — an improbable feat had you mentioned it at the start of the tournament.

Bale will continue his hot streak in this match and will be a handful for Northern Ireland’s mediocre defense to handle.

Pick: Wales (+104)

Category : News

More articles...
News - 02/06/20
How To Bet On UFC 250 Fights 
How To Bet On UFC 250 Fights

Eleven different fights are on the UFC 250 card that takes place on Saturday, June 6. We preview the headlining bouts that include the all-time great Amanda Nunes, Cody Garbrandt, and others. Included is our betting analysis and free picks to make ahead of bell time. Read this before making any UFC 250 wagers!

News - 25/05/20
NFL Prop Bets To Make For 2020 Season 
NFL Prop Bets To Make For 2020 Season

The NFL is moving full-steam ahead with its plans for a 2020-21 season — pandemic or not. That level of confidence seems to be shared by bookmakers because there are presently dozens upon dozens of NFL prop bets for wagering. With little sports to gamble on at the moment, why not try your luck at said props? We have tons of free betting picks and advice to help you out!

News - 12/05/20
Bundesliga Returns: How To Bet on the Rest of The Season 
Bundesliga Returns: How To Bet on the Rest of The Season

Sports bettors rejoice because Bundesliga is the first major league that will resume its playing season amid the COVD-19 outbreak. The German soccer league will return with a full slate of games on May 16. For futures wagering, we have free advice on four different Bundesliga bets to make right now!

News - 04/05/20
UFC Is Back: Betting Picks To Make For UFC 249 
UFC Is Back: Betting Picks To Make For UFC 249

Slowly but surely, sports are returning to a world that desperately needs them. Come May 9, UFC will fill your sports betting void with its UFC 249 fight card. Despite the circumstances, the event features no shortage of star fighters — Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejudo, Cowboy Cerrone, and others! We have four, completely-free UFC 249 betting picks for you inside this article!