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Wales vs Belgium preview

Kick off: Friday, 1 July @20:00 GMT

Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

Wales vs Belgium 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifiers)
Belgium vs Wales 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifiers)
Belgium vs Wales 1-1 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Wales vs Belgium 0-2 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Belgium vs Wales 3-2 (1998 World Cup qualifiers)

Wales vs Belgium Team News

Ashley Williams faces the race against clock to be fit for the Belgium clash. The captain has been struggling with a shoulder injury and it remains to be seen if he will recover in time to face the Red Devils. Joe Ledley has overcome his injury and he is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up. Sam Vokes started against Northern Ireland, but he could drop to the bench. Robson-Kanu could be recalled to the starting line-up. A man to watch in the home team will be Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.

Injured: None

Doubtful: Ashley Williams (62/1)

Suspended: None

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen will have to serve his ban against Wales. Jason Denayer is likely to replace the former Arsenal defender in the starting line-up. Dries Mertens should keep his place in the starting line-up, meaning that Marouane Fellaini is likely to start from the bench. Coach Marc Wilmots is likely to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation. Yannick Carrasco is widely expected to come as a substitute in the second half despite scoring against Hungary. Eden Hazard should be fit to play against Wales.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Thomas Vermaelen (51/1)

Quick Facts

  • Wales scored 1+ goals in each of their previous four games at Euro 2016 finals
  • Gareth Bale has netted three goals at the tournament in France so far
  • Belgium are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet at the Euro 2016 finals
  • Red Devils failed to score in previous two meetings with Wales
  • Under 2.5 goals were netted in last four meetings between the two teams

Wales vs Belgium Prediction

Belgium outclassed Hungary (4-0) in the last 16 and the team’s key player Eden Hazard was at the top of his game against the Hungarians. The Chelsea ace should be fully fit to face Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and despite the fact that Thomas Vermaelen misses the match through suspension, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the Red Devils, who are regarded as one of the main favourites to win the Euro 2016 trophy.

Betting Tip: Belgium to win

Odds: 1.70 (7/10) @Ladbrokes

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