Belgium and Wales face off tonight in the second quarter final of Euro 2016, with two of Europe's best players going head to head.
We knew Bale would make an impact at this tournament, it was just a question of how far Wales would go. Hazard, on the other hand, has had a terrible season for Chelsea in the Premier League but has picked up his game measurably for this tournament. So much so that you can get best odds of 6/1 on him being player of the tournament.
|Shots per game||4.8||2.3|
|Key passes per game||0.8||3.8|
|Dribbles per game||4.8||5.5|
Both Bale and Hazard have played a similar amount of minutes at the tournament, 353 and 351 respectively. Bale has been playing further up the pitch than Hazard and has been Wales' main source of goals, scoring in all three of their group matches. The stats back this up, with him having 0 assists to his name and 4.8 shots per game. Wales, tactically, are set up to work hard for each other as a team to supply Bale with the kind of service he needs to finish off their attacks.
Hazard has been more of a creator-in-chief for Belgium, with only one goal but three assists throughout the tournament. He has a lower shots per game ratio at 2.3, allowing players further forward like Lukaku to score the majority of their goals. One area they're both similar on is dribbles per game, with Bale at 4.8 and Hazard 5.5. Both defences will have to be weary when those two are running at them tonight.
Bale's scoring record at this tournament has been excellent, he's going for the top goalscorer award and you can get odds of 13/2 on him scoring first tonight.
If you fancy Hazard to continue his fine form his odds for man of the match look an attractive 10/3.