On paper, Belgium have an incredibly talented squad, sprinkled with Premier League stars including Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini so it’s perhaps not surprising that they head to Wales as Coral’s 10/11 favourites.
Stan James make the hosts 19/5 to get the better of the Belgians, who are looking to reach their first major tournament since 2002 but it’s hard not to look at the visitors’ squad and fancy them to emerge victorious in Cardiff on Friday, albeit in a tight affair.
Ladbrokes chalk 3/1 against the visitors shading it by a one-goal margin and the same firm rates them at 13/2 for a 1-0 success while Moussa Dembele, who struck on his Spurs debut last weekend, is 5/1 (William Hill) to find the net at any stage.
It could also prove to be a tough night for Northern Ireland, as they head to Russia. Michael O’Neill’s men are 18/1 via BetVictor to stun the hosts but this one looks like a home banker, Stan James rating former England boss Fabio Capello at 2/9 to preside over a win in his first competitive game in charge of the Russians.
Finally, the Republic of Ireland are in Kazakhstan and they’re a safe-looking 3/4 at Paddy Power to collect maximum points.
Treble on Belgium, Russia and Republic of Ireland – 3/1 (Coral)