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Wales v Belgium: In-vogue away side expected to shine in Cardiff

| 07.09.2012

Belgium’s multi-talented squad have underperformed in recent qualification campaigns, but Brazil 2014 could be the tournament where their potential finally yields some results in a group where their main rivals for top spot are the very-beatable Serbia and Croatia.

A generous price of 8/11 says they’ll pick up maximum points in their opener against Wales and punters have been taking advantage.

They warmed up for the game at the Cardiff City Stadium by thumping arch-rivals Holland to the tune of four goals to two which suggests they’re arriving in South Wales in fine fettle.

Plus, with some of the Premier League’s top stars in their attacking ranks, first goalscorer options are in abundance in this one.

New Aston Villa arrival Christian Benteke opened the scoring in the 4-2 humbling of Holland last time out and he’s priced at 6/1 joint-favourite to do the same again here.

He shares favouritism with two other Premier League front men in Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku which suggests the Belgians are spoilt for choice in the final third.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is 8/1 to have packed his club form with him for the trip to Cardiff and break the deadlock. He is one of a host of players at this good price which includes Wales’ best goalscoring prospects in Steve Morison and Gareth Bale, with Ladbrokes offering to refund losing first goalscorer bets if the latter nets first or last.

These nations have not locked horns on a regular basis throughout their footballing existence but, on the eight occasions they have, the goal line has soared beyond the 2.5 mark five times.

It’s 10/11 with Ladbrokes that this number rises to six once this match has concluded and, with the myriad of attacking talent on the pitch, that is a price of huge attraction.

All Odds and Markets correct as of the time of publication



James Middleton