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Belgium v Wales: Kevin De Bruyne to draw first blood

| 15.11.2014

Three games into their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign Wales are surprise leaders of Group B, having claimed seven points already.

However, Belgium are expected to rise to the top of the group by the end of proceedings, and this match will be a fine test of the merits of Gareth Bale and company.

We’re not expecting Wales to make good on their 10/1 odds to win the game from scratch, but we fancy the Dragons to be successful if given a small headstart.

Here are the best bets for the match.

Wales (+2.0) to win @ 9/10

The Dragons claimed a 1-1 draw in the equivalent fixture the pair played out during World Cup 2014 qualification, and are now a far better side.

In their last nine competitive games, Belgium would have lost starting two goals down eight times, with Andorra the only side they thrashed comprehensively enough to beat such a handicap.

Wales are unbeaten in Euro 2016 qualifying so far, and we expect Chris Coleman’s side to only lose by one if defeated at all in Brussels.

Goal Band: 2-3 goals @ 1/1

Nine of Belgium’s 10 games during World Cup 2014 qualifying fell into the 2-3 goals bracket, including both of their matches against Wales.

In fact six of the last seven meetings between the pair have seen either two or three strikes, as have all of Wales’ past five competitive away games.

Kevin De Bruyne to score the first goal @ 6/1

The Wolfsburg midfielder has scored four times in Belgium’s last three competitive home games, bagging the opener in each of those matches.

De Bruyne notched the first two goals in their recent 6-0 pummelling of Andorra, and five of his seven career strikes for the Red Devils have been the openers in their respective games.

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

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Alex Fortune