Despite what conventional wisdom might tell you, England and Wales are entirely different positions entering their second match of the 2016 European Championships. Wales, who have not competed at a major tournament in more than 4 decades, opened up things on Saturday with an impressive 2-1 victory over Slovakia. England, on the other hand, began the tournament conceding in the final few minutes which led to a 1-1 final result in their match with Russia.
Despite being favored to win the group, England are now up against that heading into Thursday’s match. Even with that being said, England are favored to win the match on Thursday and are definitely the stronger of the 2 sides. Regardless, Wales and England is a spectacle no matter what sport is being played and this will surely be an entertaining affair.
Match Analysis for England/Wales
Wales, in the attacking 3rd, proved to be potent on Saturday and will look to do the same on Thursday. England and their slew of forwards and attacking midfielders also looked a competent side, but after multiple chances went begging the same questions are being asked by critics with regard to just how potent a side they are.
Judging from their respective first performances of the tournament, I would say that Wales is stronger in the attacking 3rd, but the one major drawback is that Wales is heavily reliant on one player—Gareth Bale—while England can hit the back of the net with almost any of their starting 10 outfield players.
The midfield for Wales impressed on Saturday as well, but I can confidently say that England is the stronger side in this match in the midfield. The combination of experience, talent, and youth presented by the English is shaping up like it will be far too much for the Welsh to handle. With that being said, England are not so much better in the middle third of the pitch and I would not be surprised at all to see things remain competitive through the middle.
As far as the defensive 3rd is concerned, England take the cake here too. They are the better team on paper, but England’s problem has regularly been that a plethora of talent on paper does not necessarily translate to victories. Knowing this, I am going to reserve judgement with regard to who is the stronger side in the back.
England are favored at -175 on the moneyline, while Wales are heavy underdogs at +500. Despite them being roared on by a boisterous Welsh crowd, I think England are going to come through and take all 3 points. Understanding that anything short of a victory will result in major disappointment on the home front, I think England will take care of business on Thursday and come away 2-0 victors.