STAR PREVIEW Wales v Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Saturday

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f the first ‘last 16’ game between Switzerland v Poland is anything to go by, then we could, at last, be seeing Euro 2016 exploding into life.At 5pm Wales take on Northern Ireland at the Parc des Princes in Paris with both sides bidding for a place in the quarter finals for the first time.It’s an action replay of the friendly played in Cardiff just three months ago which finished 1-1 but Wales fans will take heart that they were without both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey that night and both are back today.Not surprisingly, Wales go into the match as favourites – around 21/20 with Star Sports.Wales manager Chris Coleman said: ”This is tournament football. Both teams find themselves in a position where they’ve earned respect, they’ve earned the tension. That pressure and tension is what we’ve been screaming for for years – there’s no complaints from us.”He added: “We’re just looking forward to the game. It will be about who handles that spotlight the best, who’s capable of performing under that pressure and tension.”His Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O’Neill said: “We don’t want this to end. The players want more. The prize is massive for both teams. We are playing for a place in the quarter-finals and we have to make sure it is us going through.”Wales v Northern IrelandUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1617:00 BBC OneHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2016 INTERNATIONAL Wales 1-1 N IrelandMay 2011 INTERNATIONAL N Ireland 0-2 WalesFeb 2007 INTERNATIONAL N Ireland 0-0 WalesOct 2005 WORLD CUP N Ireland 2-3 WalesSep 2004 WORLD CUP Wales 2-2 N IrelandMar 1954 WORLD CUP Wales 1-2 N IrelandIt should be a cracker, but Bale and Ramsey are a formidable strike-force and Wales to be leading at both HT and FT makes plenty of appeal at 5/2 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK WALES HT/FT 75 points at 5/2 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -296.00 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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