Wales might surprise at the 2016 European Championships

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Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are currently running riot for the Welsh national team and are proving to be a massive bulldozer, pushing them over the line to qualify for Euro 2016 in their qualifying group.

Ahead of their top-of-the-table clash against Belgium in Group B on Friday, let's think ahead and let's just speculate that Wales do qualify for the European tournament.

How well will they really do?

I have spoken rather bitterly about Gareth Bale in recent weeks. It's hard not to after his Champions League semi-final performance against Juventus last month saw Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, make more touches and passes than the former Tottenham Hotspur star.

However, his performances at national level do contrast significantly with those at club level. Whether that's to do with a psychological factor of knowing he is the best player in the side with Wales as opposed to being in the wings at the Bernabeu with Cristiano Ronaldo and co in the limelight remains to become clear, but that's how I see it.

So, can anyone stop Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey for Wales? Well, they form a captivating partnership that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge would appreciate and even some of the best sides may suffer difficulty in stopping the deadly duo. They're certainly running riot in the qualifying stages, and I can see them doing the same if they qualify.

Deterrent defence doesn't disappoint

Wales aren't just focusing on improving their attack amongst Bale and Ramsey, but Chris Coleman has also place paramount importance on improving his back line, a task which is proving successful.

Hull City youngster, James Chester, was recently given his debut Wales call-up and made his first appearance when he was listed in the starting line-up against the Netherlands on June 4th 2014.

Since making his debut, Chester has featured on four other occasions and proving to be a key asset in the side. Without his presence, Wales would leak a lot more goals and may not be in with as much chance of qualifying.

Similarly, Swansea City's Ashley Williams continues to catch the eye in each and every game he plays. In the Premier League, he has helped his club reach their formidable status with his rock-like characteristics amongst the defence, keeping some of Europe's biggest names in his back pocket.

If these two starlets make the starting line-up under Chris Coleman, there is no doubt that the goal count will be kept at a noticeably low level, however whether they can make the difference between winning and losing seems more of an impossible task. That's the job of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey; providing the goals to trudge their way through.

Attacking intent can bewilder opponents

A lot of the big names at Euro 2016 such as Spain, Germany, and Netherlands will not be expecting any sort of fight back from Wales, so they could be given a rude awakening when Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey step their foot on the gas. 

Most of the best teams like to play around with the ball at the back, playing the possession game. However, it's not how long you can keep the ball for that will win you the game; it's the goals, and there certainly won't be a shortage of those for the Dragons in France.

With players such as Ramsey, Bale, Joe Ledley and Neil Taylor driving forward, who is going to be able to cope with such portentous pressure?

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