Wales v Belgium, Friday, September 7, 7.45pm
Chris Coleman’s Wales start their World Cup qualifying campaign at home to hotly tipped Belgium on Friday night. The Belgium team is experiencing a ‘Golden Generation’ with Premier League stars such as Moussa Dembele, Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Eden Hazard in their ranks. They are being touted as one of the outsiders for the whole competition but will come up against a determined Wales side at the Millenium Stadium.
Here’s all the numbers and stats you need to know before placing your bets.
- Wales have lost the last three games and failed to score in each of them
- Of the last five at the Millenium Stadium Wales have won three
- In eight previous meetings between these two Belgium have won four
- In the eight games there have been 28 goals. Which is an average of exactly 3.5 goals a game
- Belgium have drawn three of the last five games
- In 15 games since the start of 2011 Belgium have drawn seven of them
- In five of Belgium’s last eight games there has been at least two goals scored before half-time
- In seven of the last eight games Wales have played there has been at least one goal netted before the break
It looks set to be a close encounter in this opening qualifier and many would tip Belgium as slight favourites. Home advantage could level the playing field though and looking at the trends it might be an idea to think about the draw at 5/2. Both teams are no strangers to first-half goals and over 0.5 goals in the first half is 2/5 with over 1.5 first-half goals at 15/8.
This one looks like it should have some goals in it so a score draw is appealing at 7/2. For even healthier odds the 1-1 correct score bet is a tasty 11/2. For Wales to be winning 1-0 at half-time and the game to finish 1-1 it is 20/1. And it is the same price for Belgium to be winning 1-0 at half-time and the game to end 1-1. There is plenty of value to be found in a game that looks like it might be slightly closer than a lot of people are predicting.