The Welsh national team remains at the Euro 2016 Championships as the surprise package as the tournament enters the semi final stage on Wednesday 6 July and as they head to the match against Portugal, the team will be hoping to grace the final.
To sail through, the Dragons need to put up another great performance, similar to the one against Belgium in the quarters and having already lost once in the tournament, against England, they know another loss will be crushing.
Wales lost 1 – 2 to England who scored a last minute goal and heading to this clash, the Welsh will want to avoid a repeat.
In the loss to England, Wales manager Chris Coleman was accused of being too defensive and too negative against England and it is curious to see how he plays against a team that has the distinction of being in the last four despite not winning a game in regular time.
Still a better course for him to take will be a not – so – defensive approach. Against England, Wales gradually dropped too deep, their legs grew weary and, eventually, their resistance was broken and he wouldn’t want a repeat.
Another probable reason his team lost to England was the reliance on their star player Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid man is obviously a big player and has lots of influence in matches but that should not be the priority.
England did well to stop possession reaching him. There were few of those powerful charges, partly because Wales had to play so deep and also because Hal Robson-Kanu was largely dominated and in this encounter Coleman will want to draw attention away from his star man, especially given he has quality to chance a match in a snap.
Against England, Bale and Hal Robson-Kanu were isolated in attack due to the defensive approach and the service from midfield was scarce. As a result, Wales could not keep the ball which partly contributed to the loss.
The other headache for Coleman in this match will be the absence of two key players – Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies who are suspended and he will need to rely heavily on James Collins and Andy King to replace the two key figures.
Wales are the first Euro debutants to reach the last four since Sweden in 1992 and Coleman will be hoping they get to the final at the first attempt.