Back both teams to score in Belgium v Wales clash in Brussels

Wales face their toughest Euro 2016 qualifying test to date on Sunday evening when they tackle 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The surprise Group B leaders have impressively accumulated seven points from their opening three matches, but their unbeaten streak will be put on the line this weekend when they face-off with Marc Wilmots's European big guns.

Last month's tense victory at home to Cyprus extended Wales' Group B tally to seven points; their best start to a qualifying campaign in 12 years. It is safe to say that top spot is an unusual position for the Dragons, considering that they more often than significantly damage their chances by enduring a sluggish start to campaigns. However, on this occasion their promising performances, combined with the change in format - the top two teams qualify, while the third go through to the play-offs - means that they have a decent chance of ending their staggering 38-year wait to participate in a major tournament, with their last appearance coming at the 1976 Euros.

Belgium began their qualifying campaign with a 6-0 demolition of Andorra, however they then dropped points after they were surprisingly held by Bosnia, leaving them in third-place with four points, although they have a game in hand on both Wales and Israel. The Red Devils went on to beat an in-form Iceland 3-1 in a friendly on Wednesday, taking their haul to 10 wins in their last 12 matches in all competitions, meaning it comes as no surprise to see the hosts installed as the hot 3/10 favourites with Sky Bet to grab another victory on Sunday, which would draw them level with Wales.

Wales may be the underdogs but they will be buoyed by their current form, along with the performance they put on in their last visit to Brussels, which saw them admirably hold the hosts to a 1-1 draw. Another stalemate on Sunday would be a fantastic result for Chris Coleman's troops, who can be backed at 5/1 with Bet365 to return home with a prize point, while they are a 12/1 long shot to stun Belgium by conjuring up a shock victory at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Wales are boosted by the return of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, while their star man Gareth Bale has recovered from a buttock injury. The Real Madrid man can be backed at 10/3 with Bet365 to grab his third goal of the campaign, while he is available at 10/1 to open the scoring. Meanwhile Ramsey, who scored his side's equaliser against Belgium last year, is priced at a tempting 7/1 to get his name on the scoresheet once again.

However, most of the action is most likely to beat the other end of the pitch, with Wales' backline dealt the unenviable task of trying to contain the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Eden Hazard who are priced at 6/5, 11/8 and 6/4 respectively to get their names on the scoresheet. Meanwhile Divock Origi, who has two goals in his last three games, is worth contemplating at 7/2 with Paddy Power in the last goal scorer market.

Belgium v Wales Tips

Tip #1: BTTS @ 13/8 with Bet365 *
Tip #2: Draw @ 5/1 with Bet365
Tip #3: Gareth Bale to score anytime @ 10/3 with Bet365
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Posted: Friday, 14th November 2014
Author: Jake Itson

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