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Gareth Bale is key to Wales’ chances at Euro 2016 in France in the summer.

Having been heavily praised by manager Zinedine Zidane over recent performances, including his two goals that led to a dramatic comeback victory against Rayo Vallecano, Gareth Bale will be looking to continue his fantastic form leading into this summers European Championships. The world’s most expensive footballer grabbed his eighteenth goal of what has been an injury affected season, and with Real Madrid fighting for success in both La Liga and the Champions League, it could well be the form of Bale which spearheads their surge for glory. However, the flying winger will certainly have one eye on events this June.

With Bales’ national team Wales having qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 1958, the superstar will be looked to by many to provide the spark required to challenge in a group containing the likes of England, Russia and Slovakia. Wales are currently seen as the 80/1 outsiders for glory in France this summer. A match against rivals England is perfectly set up for Bale to send a reminder to supporters of his ever growing talents. The former Tottenham man has been continuously linked with a return to the Premier League since his record breaking move to Spain, however Bale insists he is more than happy to stay at Real on a long term basis. Bale and Co take on Manchester City over two legs as they look to reach the final of the Champions League, with Coral placing them as 2/1 second favourites to go all the way this year.

Euro 2016 betting tips are proving difficult to predict in the build up to the tournament as a result of no clear favourite for glory showing themselves. The usual suspects of Germany and Spain are likely to be among the frontrunners, however many are predicting a surprise this summer, with Belgium and England having squads capable of mounting a challenge.

The relationship between the Welshman and team mate Cristiano Ronaldo has often been called into question during their time together. However, Bale has been quick to firmly dismiss such speculation, and the duo are enjoying a fruitful time on the pitch together at present. With the Portuguese goal scorer struggling for full fitness, Coral offer Real Madrid at 6/1 to claim this year’s La Liga title.