Wales

Wales vs Belgium

, KO: 19:45 Nov 16, 2021, Cardiff City Stadium
Belgium
 
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WALES already have a World Cup play-off place in the bag but there still plenty to play for when they bring the curtain down on their Group E campaign at home to Belgium.

A point would be enough to guarantee second place ahead of the Czech Republic and would also probably secure a home semi-final in the play-offs.

It was all about Gareth Bale on Saturday night as the Welsh talisman won his 100th cap but he only played a minor role against Belarus, bringing up my bet on an assist before going off at half-time.

Instead it was the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies and Neco Williams who stole the show in a 5-1 win that underlined the Dragons are far from a one-man team.

That thumping win has sent confidence levels soaring but Belgium will present a far more daunting task than the hapless Belarusians.

A draw in Prague is the only blip thus far on an otherwise flawless campaign for the Red Devils, who stamped their ticket for Qatar 2022 with a 3-1 win over Estonia on Saturday.

It also ended 3-1 to the Belgians when these sides faced off in the group opener and Wales can only hope Roberto Martinez's superstars will take their foot of the gas with that World Cup slot already assured.

How the bookies view it

I thought Belgium would be odds-on for this game but they are as big as 27/20 at Unibet, which is probably down to the fact Martinez might field a weakened team.

The best price for a Welsh win is 12/5 at Bet365 and the same price is available on the draw at SkyBet.

Head to head

Wales have an excellent recent record against Belgium and that 3-1 loss earlier in the group (below) is their only defeat in the last five meetings.

The Dragons memorably stunned Martinez's side with a 3-1 victory at Euro 2016 and also won 1-0 when Belgium last visited Cardiff in the qualifiers for that tournament.

#REDDEVILS​ | #WorldCup 2022 Qualifiers | Belgium 3-1 Wales – YouTube

Players to watch

I'd be surprised if Bale (below) started after his 45-minute role on Saturday and he may have to settle for an appearance off the bench.

Daniel James always catches my eye for the Welsh and the Leeds winger has the pace to hurt Belgium's defence. He's 7/2 with Bet365 for anytime scorer and that looks decent.

It's hard to predict what sort of team Martinez will pick with his side already assured of a place the World Cup. I tipped Leandro Trossard for a goal at the weekend only for the Brighton forward to be left on the bench. He could get the nod for this one and is also 7/2 for a goal at Betway.

Anything else catch the eye?

I bet against goals on Saturday as Wales and Belarus had both been struggling to score but instead the fans in Cardiff were treated to six strikes.

There should be more excitement in this one, with Belgium netting 25 times so far in the group and also conceding five times. Over 2.5 goals pays 21/20 at Bet365 and that looks pretty good value while BTTS is shorter at 9/11 with SBK.

McBookie price over 1.5 Belgian goals at 13/10 and that's worth considering given the bet has landed in all but two of their seven group games so far. The Red Devils are also 12/5 at SBK to score in both halves.

 

 
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This match between Wales and Belgium will be played on Nov 16, 2021 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Wales vs Belgium prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.

Wales Form
13 Nov 21
Wales
5 - 1
Belarus

11 Oct 21
Estonia
0 - 1
Wales

8 Oct 21
Czech Republic
2 - 2
Wales

8 Sep 21
Wales
0 - 0
Estonia

5 Sep 21
Belarus
2 - 3
Wales

Belgium Form
13 Nov 21
Belgium
3 - 1
Estonia

10 Oct 21
Italy
2 - 1
Belgium

7 Oct 21
Belgium
2 - 3
France

8 Sep 21
Belarus
0 - 1
Belgium

5 Sep 21
Belgium
3 - 0
Czech Republic

Wales vs Belgium Betting Tips & Predictions
Over 2.5 goals
21/20
Bet365
Belgium to win
27/20
UniBet
Belgium to score in both halves
12/5
SBK
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