Belgium booked their place at next year’s World Cup finals with an impressive victory in Croatia on Friday evening and with eight victories and a draw from their nine qualifying fixtures, it’s easy to see why Marc Wilmots’s troops are 1/5 at William Hill to get the better of Wales in Brussels.
Chris Coleman’s men, fresh from a morale-boosting triumph over Macedonia, are as high as 17/1 with BetVictor to cause an upset and bet365 post 13/2 against a stalemate but it’s hard to see past the talented hosts even though they have already qualified.
The hosts have only conceded three goals in the whole qualifying campaign and have already racked up a 2-0 success over the Welsh, in Cardiff just over a year ago. A repeat of that result is 11/2 (888Sport) and Skybet chalk Belgium up at 5/6 to prevail ‘to nil’ .
Over in Dublin, Ireland look to end their unsuccessful qualification bid on a high as they entertain Kazakhstan. Noel King’s team are just 4/11 with Paddy Power to secure all three points against a Kazakh side that doesn’t tend to travel well and as the visitors have only managed five goals in nine Group C contests – three of those coming against the Faroe Islands – Coral’s 11/10 for the Irish to combine victory with a clean sheet looks a safe bet.
Fresh from their 1-1 draw in Portugal meanwhile, Israel should have too much for Northern Ireland in Tel Aviv, where the hosts are BetVictor’s 8/15 jollies.
Win ‘to nil’ double on Belgium and Ireland – 13/5 (Coral)