Or should I just say Portugal to just qualify for the next round? Just kidding… Hi, I’m Oscar and to be honest I haven’t enjoyed these Euro Championships as much as previous ones but it hasn’t stopped me watching as many games as possible. Unlike Kristian who’s also been blogging on this site and has been watching every single minute. That takes some doing for sure. Fair play to him!
Anyway, I’m not going to go rambling on about my goings on and where I’m watching the match etc. Instead I’m just going to give you some basic facts and then just a few little reasons, nothing scientific on how I think the game will end tonight and then my prediction.
Here goes. Portugal have not yet won inside 90 minutes. I think this will continue once again tonight. They drew all of their groups game, won in extra-time in the ’round of 16′ and then on penalties in the quarters. There is a pattern. They can always score (6) but they have also always nearly conceded (5) too in this competition, so I can see them doing this again tonight. They have also failed to score twice in the 90 minutes of their five games.
With Wales, I can see their good play and luck continuing. They have been excellent at times in this tournament, they were top goalscorers (10) until France (11) smashed five past Iceland the other day. They do concede goals (4) but not very often. They’ve had two clean sheets from five games and only let in more than one once. To England in the last-minute of their group game.
Before the tournament and I suppose now in the build up it will all be about Bale and Ronaldo – however, in both teams other players have stood up to be counted. Nani, Sanches and Pepe have all impressed me for Portugal. Then Ramsey, Allen and Robson-Kanu for Wales.
Injury and suspension wise there are a couple of key players missing – Wales have Ramsey and Davies suspended and it’s Carvalho for the Portuguese, Pepe has a knock so it could be a last-minute call on him. Game on!
Anyway, they are the facts but below is my prediction. Enjoy the game!!
Portugal v Wales kicks off at 8pm (UK Time) from The Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines near Lyon.