The sheep have been safe for almost three weeks now. Iwan Rheon (aka Ramsay Bolton) has stopped being a dick and even he’s focusing on the Euros . While everyone else has been focusing on the likes of Iniesta for Spain or how Dimitri Payet’s bringing France along, no one has really noticed that Wales have made it to the last eight fairly comfortably.
Not us though. We’ve kept an eye on the winner and top goalscorer odds all the way through the tournament and we’ve seen the odds for Wales to win and Gareth Bale to be top scorer drop from 500/1 down to.
But could it actually happen?
He’s the top scorer at the Championship so far albeit two of them thanks to utterly crap goal keeping. We’re looking at you looking at your lack of dandruff Joe Hart. But despite the idea that every team will have looked at Wales and thought ‘better mark that Real Madrid player’ no side has succeded. Northern Ireland stopped him from scoring, but his cross caused the Own Goal.
Three in four has already put him ahead of the top scorer’s from 2012, 1992 and 1980. While he’s probably not going to beat Platini’s record of nine in 1984, he’s got the momentum to keep netting. But Platini definitley bribed a few goalies. After all, it’s Platini.
The closest challenger so far has been Spain’s Alvaro Morata, but there’s a high possibility his side will exit the tournament on Monday evening.
The underdog champions?
This is the half of the bet that’ll probably let the side down.Wales will come up against Hungary or Belgium in the quarter finals. We don’t think the latter would scare Chris Coleman much because Wales were unbeaten against the Belgians in their qualifying group (Bale got the winner in the 1-0 victory in Cardiff). Hungary would cause a bit of a problem, but are on the Welsh level.
Wales are in the ‘good’ half of the draw. Get past Hungary/Belgium and they’ll play either Portugal or Poland. Again, both sides Wales would be in with a good shout of beating, particularly the other one man team of the tournament in Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Denmark proved in 1992 that anything could happen at the Euros. Wales are to win the tournament outright. That might not be as bad a bet as first expected.
Of course there are a couple of shorter odds doubles like Spain and Morata() and Belgium with Lukaku top scorer () but just to keep ourselves interested if/when Ireland are eliminated, we’re looking to Bale and Wales to complete the year of the ultimate underdog : Leicester, Murgurza, Brexit, Wales?