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Preview – Wales vs Northern Ireland

Preview – Wales vs Northern Ireland

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British rivals Wales and Northern Ireland will meet on Saturday at the Parc des Princes looking to continue their fairytale runs at Euro 2016.

Chris Coleman’s men are competing in their first major tournament for 58 years last year but they have shown no signs of nerves so far.

The Welsh were expected to struggle after being drawn against England, Russia and Slovakia in Group B. However, they topped the group and after two wins from their three matches.

England remained unbeaten but their two draws against Russia and Slovakia proved costly and Wales are now aiming high for the rest of the tournament after finding themselves in the ‘easier’ half of the draw.

Wales’ Gareth Bale is in fine form and he is confident that his side can go all the way but Northern Ireland will certainly be no pushovers. With both sides evenly matched, the match to finish a draw after 90 minutes at odds of 2/1 could be the best of the contest.

Michael O’Neill’s side qualified for the last-16 as one of four best third-placed teams, a fitting reward for the grit and determination they showed during their three Group C games.

They conceded just two goals in the group stages and they will bring plenty of momentum into the game. Coming into the tournament, they were unbeaten in 12 games and the likes of Steven Davis, Stuart Dallas and Kyle Lafferty are all expected to cause Wales problems.

Wales dominate the head-to-head record after picking up 46 wins in the last 98 matches, with Northern Ireland only securing 27 victories.

The Welsh have scored 202 goals in those 98 matches and Bale will be confident of adding to that tally this weekend. The Real Madrid star has already scored three goals so far and he is priced at 3/1 to score first.

Ahead of the game, Wales midfielder Joe Ledley appears to have passed all fitness checks as he continues to play on despite fracturing his leg in May.

O’Neill has no new fresh injury concerns but he may throw Lafferty back into the starting eleven, at the expense of Connor Washington.

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