Northern Ireland have performed admirably at Euro 2016 so far but their campaign could well be ended by Wales today.
Wales impressed in the group stages, aside from a disappointing second half against England. Gareth Bale has yet to produce a vintage display but he still has three goals to his name.
The Real Madrid man has so far had 15 shots at Euro 2016 with 80% of those on target and a few chances should come his way later today.
Northern Ireland have proved to be a solid defensive unit having conceded just twice so far but the quality in the Welsh attack should be able to force a breakthrough in Paris.
We don’t have to look too far back to the last meeting between the two as they played out a 1-1 draw in a friendly back in March.
However, the Wales team on that day did not include Bale or Aaron Ramsey, the two undoubted stars in Chris Coleman’s side, while nine Northern Irish players involved in the friendly started in the final group game against Germany.
The start of the game could well be cagey given the importance of the clash, but Wales’ additional quality should see them over the line in the end.
Bale is priced at 3/1 to open the scoring and that is worth looking at considering his record so far but my top bet for this encounter is draw/Wales in the half-time/full-time market, which also pays out at 3/1.