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What a journey Wales went on this summer. They topped Group B and made it all the way to the semi-finals against the odds.

They may have lost 2-0 to Portugal and missed out on a place in the final, but the victories over Slovakia, Russia and Belgium will live long in the memory.

What a summer! 

Wales Euro 2016 Match Results

Team ATeam BResultRound
WalesSlovakia2-1Group Stage
EnglandWales2-1Group Stage
RussiaWales0-3Group Stage
WalesNorthern Ireland1-0Round of 16
WalesBelgium3-1Quarter-Final
PortugalWales2-0Semi-Final

Wales Fixtures

After finishing top of Group B, Wales take on Northern Ireland on Saturday 25th June at 5pm. It should be a fantastic occasion and we've added our best bets

PREVIOUS RESULTS

Saturday, June 11th: Wales 2-1 Slovakia (full time report)

Thursday, June 16th England 2-1 Wales (full time report)
 
Monday, June 20th Russia 0-3 Wales (full time report)

Saturday, June 25th Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland (full time report)

Top 3 Wales Bets

1. Wales to finish 2nd in Group B (5/2 Sky Bet)

England are fancied to top Group B with relative ease and it's difficult to see them slipping up so early in the tournament. So that leaves Wales, Russia and Slovakia slugging it out for second and our money is on the Dragons.

Slovakia coach Jan Kozak freely admitted that they didn't want the Welsh in their group in their first tournament since the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993 and with Russia only narrowly securing automatic qualification and unpredictable at major tournaments Wales' prospects are looking good.

2. England winner, Wales runner up (4/1 Sky Bet)

With our first bet in mind, England to win the group and Wales to finish second at 4/1 makes plenty of appeal. 

3. Wales to reach the quarter-finals (9/4 bet365)

With a second placed finish setting up a last 16 tie against the team who finish second in a group comprising Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary, progress to the quarter-finals for the Welsh is very doable.

WALES 80/1 to WIN

At time of writing, Wales can be backed at a best price 80/1 with Sky Bet in the latest Euro 2016 betting odds, or more realistically at 9/4 with bet365 to reach the quarter-finals.

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Wales Squad

Chris Coleman's will submit a 23-man squad for Euro 2016, which must include three goalkeepers, and that must be handed in at least 10 days before the opening match of the tournament. With the European Championships starting on June 10th, and the 2015/16 Premier League season ending on May 15th, the Wales squad will likely be finalised at the end of the domestic campaign.

Click through for more on the Wales Starting XI.

Key Players

Needless to say, Wales will look to Gareth Bale to inspire their squad on French soil in the summer. The Real Madrid man, who moved to Spain for a world record transfer fee of £85m in 2013, will relish taking on his former Premier League opponents at the Euros according to his manager.

Bale's experience in Madrid - which includes a UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey win - since becoming the world’s most expensive player should stand him in good stead in France and with the support of Premier League regulars such as Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Ashley Williams of Swansea City they may even fancy their chances of causing an upset against the Three Lions and beating England for the 15th time in their history.

Qualification campaign

Wales finished runners-up to Belgium in Group B of Euro 2016 qualifying, but only suffered one defeat in the campaign, in the ninth round of fixtures when they went lost 2-0 in Bosnia. In end that loss was inconsequential as other results on the night sealed an automatic place in France. 

Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale scored seven of their 11 goals during that successful qualification campaign, although it was far from a one man show with Wales showing plenty of quality and depth in their squad and also benefiting from excellent contributions from the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Ashley Williams, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and others.

This will be Wales' first tournament appearance in 58 years, and though Chris Coleman had said he wanted to avoid England because it would be "viewed as a battle of Britain" and a "distraction", second place is certainly there for the taking.

The winners of Group B will face a third-placed team in the last 16, while the runners-up are set to come up against the team who finish second in a group comprising Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary.

History in the tournament

Wales had never before qualified for the finals of the European Championships before Euro 2016, which will make their return to a major completition all the more special.

The last time the team appeared at an international tournament was the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

The Welsh drew all their group matches against Hungary, Mexico and Sweden, before defeating Hungary in a play off match to reach the last eight where they met South American powerhouse Brazil.

An injury to star player John Charles, which ruled him out of the match, was massive blow to their chances of causing an upset and although they acquitted themselves well, they bowed out with a 1-0 defeat to the eventual champions thanks to Pelé's first international goal. 

Brazil went on to beat Sweden 5-2 in the final.



Gareth Bale (R) of Wales in action (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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