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Belgium v Wales: A 2-0 win for clinical hosts looks the bet

| 14.10.2013

Undefeated Belgium are in a luxurious position having already booked their ticket to Brazil with eight wins from nine matches in Group A and the stats suggest a 2-0 victory is the most likely result against Wales.

As Wales look to put a largely disappointing qualifying campaign behind them, it’s unlikely they’ll get much change from one of the teams being widely tipped for big things at World Cup 2014.

This Belgium side, chocked full of Premier League stars, are currently 14/1 shots for glory next summer, behind only Brazil (10/3), Argentina (9/2), Germany and current holders Spain (11/2).

If England had been labelled the golden generation under Sven-Goran Eriksson, then this current crop of Belgians can only be described as platinum.

Having only dropped two points in Group A, Belgium have stamped their authority over the competition and with victory over their only serious competition for group supremacy last time out in Croatia, they extended the gap to an eight-point chasm ahead of the final round of fixtures.

And while the roll call of attacking talent, which includes the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard and Kevin Mirallas is enough to make any defence tremble, their own water-tight back-line is perhaps an even greater asset.

Just three goals have found their way into the Belgian net in nine games, while Marc Wilmots’ side are yet to concede against any of the three bottom sides of Scotland, Wales or Macedonia.

Therefore, punters should pounce on the 7/10 on a win to nil yet again for the hosts here.

Meanwhile, although it appears a little short for a correct score; backing the 2-0 at 5/1, is given major credence by the fact that they have beaten Scotland by this score twice, Macedonia once and Wales also.

Furthermore, Belgium have averaged just a whisker under two goals per game in their nine previous qualifiers.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.