After the disappointing draw against Russia in Marseille last Saturday, England football team will now lock horn with their neighboring country Wales in a Group B battle at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis of Lens. The match will start commencing from 3.00 PM local time and 6.30 PM Indian Timing and in this match preview we will talk about where both the team stands before the match, inside team news, probable starting lineup and their head-to-head stats. Not only that we have also provided England vs Wales Online Streaming links so that you don’t have to face trouble watching this mega-clash on the internet.
These two British nations had played each other 103 times before today, where England won 68 times and Wales emerged as the winning side for 14 times. England and Wales are famous for their fierce rivalry on the Rugby field, but these two sides have a rich football enmity between them too. Wales and England played each other in regular basis until 1984, and before the British Championship was disbanded. In that last match of the tournament, Wales won by 1-0, thanks to brilliant Mark Hughes goal and that was the last time The Dragons defeated England in a competitive match. On the other hand, The Three Lions won the last four matches against Wales; that’s too without conceding a single. England won 2-0 at home and 1-0 away during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, and then triumphed 2-0 away and 1-0 at home in qualifying for Euro 2012
England vs Wales Match Details
Date: Thursday, 16th June 2016
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
Kick Off: 6.30 PM IST
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Wales Team Analysis
After winning their opening match of the Group against Slovakia, the whole Wales team is brimming with confidence. The fact, that match was their first win in a major football tournament also gave them a massive boost. Not to mention, Gareth Bale played the most crucial part of the team’s win on Saturday and also scored the first goal through a sublime free-kick. So, this talismanic figure will again play the most pivotal role today and it will be a challenge for the English defence to stop and contain him for the full 90 minutes. Apart from him, the team will rely on Arsenal superstar Aaron Ramsey to marshal the midfield and skipper Ashley Williams to guard their fort.
The only concern for Wales manager Chris Coleman is the injury woe of some key players of the team. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has missed the first game against Slovakia for back spasm and he may miss the second game too. The match-winning goalscorer of the Slovakia match, Hal Robson-Kanu and midfielder Joe Ledley is also suffering from minor injuries and pushing themselves to start the match. Coleman said at the press conference that England match is a big test and challenge for the team but they are confident enough to take care of their own business. If Wales manage this match they will be the second team to book their berth in the Round of 16, after the host country France. A draw will not be a bad result either, considering the fact they will play dismantled Russia in their last group match.
Wales Probable Starting XI: Danny Ward; Gunter, Chester, Williams, Davies, Taylor; Allen, Ledley; Ramsey, Bale; Robson-Kanu.
England Team Analysis
After conceding last minute goal against Russia, England is under sheer pressure to win this ‘Battle of Britain’. But it will not be an easy task to do, especially when the opponent team has players like Bale and Ramsey in their roster. Despite the fact, The Three Lions failed to collect the full three points from their opening match, the team played good football and created chances on a regular basis. So manager Roy Hodgson is likely to keep faith in the same 11 players who started against Russia and will field his team in the same 4-3-3 formation. The big question is who will start as the solo striker whether Hodgson will stick with Kane or will he pick Vardy as his striking spearhead? Hodgson needs to solve this puzzle as quickly as possible.
The good thing is, nobody is injured in the English team, unlike their counterparts. Another advantage or disadvantage is like most of the players from both the sides play in the EPL, they know each other and their playing style very well. Hodgson also admitted the fact in the press conference and said Wales would be less under pressure to win the game as they had already won their first match of the group.
England Probable Starting XI: Hart; Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Rose; Alli, Dier, Rooney; Lallana, Kane, Sterling.
England vs Wales: Our Prediction
As both the teams are of the same calibre, it is hard to predict a winner of this match. In our opinion, the match will end with a 1-1 score-line and if that happens, Wales will go through to the nest phase of this intra-continental football competition.
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