Wales v Belgium Tips

SkySports5 Friday 12th May / 7.45pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales1X217/4Bet365
Wales (+0.5)Asian Handicap11/10Paddy Power
Wales 1-0Correct Score10/1Bet365
Belgium 1-0Correct Score5/1Bet365
Eden HazardFirst Goalscorer13/2Paddy Power
Gareth BaleFirst Goalscorer7/1Paddy Power

Wales face Belgium in a crucial Euro 2016 qualification game and BetVictor offer the best odds of 5/6 on Belgium to win at the Millennium Stadium – with Wales available at a massive looking 17/4 and the draw at 13/5, both with Bet365.

Both sides have 11 points at the top of Group B and with two countries assured of qualification for the finals, both look strong bets to make it to make it to the championships in France, albeit Israel are just two points behind in third place.

But there is more than just Euro 2016 qualification at stake for Chris Coleman’s men, because a win on Friday would jump Wales into the top pot of seeds for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, for the draw on July 25th – a big incentive indeed.

Wales are currently 22nd in the FIFA rankings, but they would leapfrog Switzerland, France and Italy by beating Belgium.

Of course, Belgium are currently no.2 in those FIFA World Rankings behind Germany and they impressed with their win over France in Paris on Sunday – cruising to a 4-1 lead before France at least saved face with two late goals.

The good news for Wales is that Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, who scored twice in Paris, misses the match in Cardiff through injury, while Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany also misses out through suspension.

You can be sure of a vociferous crowd, and 17/4 looks too big a price for the home side, while we also suggest playing the percentages by backing Wales +0.5 goals at 11/10 with Paddy Power – so that you win if Wales either draw or win.

Gareth Bales WalesGareth Bale may not have had the stellar season at Real Madrid that many people were expecting, but he remains a talismanic figure for his country, while Belgium will also be wary of captain Aaron Ramsey who scored the first goal in their 3-0 win in Israel in March. Defensively they are strong too, conceding just twice in their five Group B qualifying games.

These sides fought out a 0-0 stalemate in Brussels in the reverse fixture back in November and it would certainly be a surprise if this was not another close game. Indeed, another 0-0 is not out of the question and we suggest backing the 1-0 to both sides with Bet365, who refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that finish 0-0. Wales 1-0 is 10/1 and Belgium 1-0 is 5/1.

Finally, we suggest snapping up Paddy Power‘s stand-out odds on both Eden Hazard (13/2) and Gareth Bale (7/1) scoring first.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales1X217/4Bet365
Wales (+0.5)Asian Handicap11/10Paddy Power
Wales 1-0Correct Score10/1Bet365
Belgium 1-0Correct Score5/1Bet365
Eden HazardFirst Goalscorer13/2Paddy Power
Gareth BaleFirst Goalscorer7/1Paddy Power