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Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Preview

BBC1 Saturday 25th June / 5pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales1X221/20Betfred
Gareth Bale (ew)First Goalscorer11/2Paddy Power
Aaron Ramsey (ew)First Goalscorer10/1Paddy Power
Over 2.5Total Goals21/10Bet365
Wales 2-0Correct Score7/1Bet365
Wales 3-0Correct Score20/1Bet365

The Parc de Princes plays host to a very British affair on Saturday afternoon, with a Euro 2016 quarter final place up for grabs for either Wales or Northern Ireland.

Wales have been impressive so far – even in their defeat to England they were unlucky not to get a point – and they are best price 21/20 favourites with Betfred.

Northern Ireland lost two of their three Group C games, to Poland and Germany (both 1-0), but qualified in third place thanks to their 2-0 win over Ukraine.

Michael O’Neill’s side can be backed at best odds of 4/1 and the draw is available at 21/10 – both with Bet365.

Northern Ireland (25) are actually one place ahead of Wales (26) in the FIFA World Rankings, which might explain why Wales are available at odds-against here, but we are firmly behind the Welsh and suggest a maximum bet at that 21/20.

The two sides drew 1-1 in Cardiff back in March, but neither Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey played in that game and they are likely to make the difference in Paris.

Bale is currently the tournament’s joint-top scorer with 3 goals (alongside Spain’s Alvaro Morata) and he appeals each-way at 7/2 with Paddy Power to score first.

But so does Ramsey at 8/1 with Paddy Power (he’s as short as 11/2 elsewhere).

We can see a fast flowing game with plenty of goal scoring chances – Wales have had 21 shots on target in their previous three games, each of which saw 3 goals.

So, despite Northern Ireland’s great defensive performance against Germany, we cannot believe the price you can get on Over 2.5 Goals here – Bet365 offer 21/10.

Finally, back the 2-0 and 3-0 Wales wins at 7/1 and 20/1 respectively with Bet365.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales1X221/20Betfred
Gareth Bale (ew)First Goalscorer11/2Paddy Power
Aaron Ramsey (ew)First Goalscorer10/1Paddy Power
Over 2.5Total Goals21/10Bet365
Wales 2-0Correct Score7/1Bet365
Wales 3-0Correct Score20/1Bet365