Absence of Man Utd star gives Wales big chance in crunch game


The top two teams in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B meet in Cardiff and although leaders Belgium will begin the match as strong favourites, Wales have been handed a timely boost in the team-news department.

For a country as blessed with talent as Belgium’s current golden generation, in theory the loss of one player shouldn’t impact the nation’s chances too badly.

But in the form of his life for the Red Devils, Marouane Fellaini will be sorely missed.

The Manchester United midfielder’s brace against France, which paved the way for a thrilling 4-3 victory over their neighbours in a warm-up Paris friendly, took Fellaini to a world-class tally of eight goals in his last 13 Belgium appearances.

Such a prolific return for the unorthodox auxiliary striker is sure to missed by the 4/5 favourites for the three points, despite being able to call on the likes of PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard.

Taking into consideration Wales have earned the same amount of points, 11, as their more esteemed guests in this group already, and the 4/1 about a famous Welsh resembles water in the desert to the Ladbrokes customer.

This is especially true when Chris Coleman’s side already earned a point in Belgium’s backyard earlier in the campaign.

However, if a first loss for Marc Wilmots’ squad since falling to Argentina in the quarter-final stages of last summer’s World Cup sounds too brave a shout, then there’s double chance to fall back on.

Gareth Bale and co are available at 9/10 in this market.

The Belgian’s have hardly lit the place up in the group away from home either, drawing 1-1 in Bosnia, while a solitary Fellaini strike ending up being enough to squeeze out Israel in their last Group B outing.

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Christian Crowther

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