And then there was four… Just 180 minutes separate the remaining Euro 2016 hopefuls from the trophy and a place of history. Expect a stunning climax over the final three matches.
After landing a small profit in the last eight, we’ll be looking to pick up some more cash with our selections on Wednesday and Thursday. Good luck!
Matches: Portugal v Wales (Wednesday. 8PM. ITV); Germany v France (Thursday. 8PM. ITV)
You haven’t read it wrong, Wales are actually in the last four. Moreover, they’re playing against a Portugal side that has yet to win any of it’s five matches in 90 minutes. Nevertheless, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo and co that will be facing the intense sense of expectation.
Portugal boast far more experience on this stage, and will be eager to capitalise on the notable Welsh suspensions. However, Chris Coleman’s underdogs have shown themselves to be a great team and will be quietly optimistic about taking their dream all the way to Paris.
If the semi-final is mouth-watering, the second is truly tantalising. The hosts take on the world champions in Marseille, and we can barely contain our excitement. Both teams have their faults, but they’ve also shown themselves to be the two best sides in the tournament so far.
With Dimitri Payet, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, and Antoine Griezmann playing, it will be an intriguing battle from start to finish. Do not miss it!
Toe Punter v The Bookies
At this stage of the competition, quite literally anything could happen. The four remaining teams all possess their qualities, and it’s hard to rile out anyone completely.
However, we do think that the absence of Aaron Ramsey and co will make things very difficult for Wales. While they’ve been far from convincing, Portugal should qualify. Meanwhile, the thought of them reaching the final without winning a game in 90 minutes is very hard to comprehend.
We’re backing them to win without the need of extra-time and penalties.
Bet: Portugal to win in 90 minutes @ 5/4 with Paddy Power (£10 stake)
The other semi-final is far too hard to call. Will the world champions show their quality? Will the host continue their incredible record on home soil? Nobody can say with any real conviction, and that’s what should make it a great last four showdown.
Despite the absence of Mario Gomez, Germany will pose a threat in the attacking third, particularly as France look vulnerable in defence. Les Bleus do boast some quality attacking start, though, as was shown against Iceland. We wouldn’t like to pick a winner, but we do think there will be goals.
Bet: Over 2.5 match goals @ 13/8 with William Hill (£10 stake)