Wales v Belgium Preview

June 30, 2016 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEuro 2016 Quarter Final action on Friday comes from the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Métropole and features Wales versus Belgium.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BBC One High Definition with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Wales v Belgium Preview, Euro 2016, Quarter Final 1st July 2016

We are now getting to the business end of the tournament and this match on Friday evening will certainly be a difficult one to call as both teams have done tremendously well so far.

Wales shocked a lot of people by progressing through as group winners and although they were expected to beat Northern Ireland in the last 16 round, they did find it a difficult game. However, they got the job done and now face a much tougher test when they face Belgium.

Belgium had a poor start to their tournament, but quickly turned it around in their next couple of matches played and with a very impressive 4-0 victory against Hungary in the last 16 round, most people will expect them to win this match as they do seem to have a very strong squad full of world class individuals.

Wales Team News:

Wales have no reported injuries or suspensions to their squad, but there are concerns over skipper Ashley Williams who collided with team mate Jonathan Williams during the Northern Ireland game and if he does miss out then James Collins will come in to replace him.

Other than that Wales are expected to name an unchanged side to the one that beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the last round.

Belgium Team News:

Belgium will be without the services of Thomas Vermaelen as he faces suspension after picking up his second yellow card in the 4-0 win against Hungary and Jason Denayer looks likely to come in to replace him. Yannick Carrasco could also find himself in the starting lineup instead of Dries Mertens, but other than these two players, Belgium are expected to line up with the same team that started the game against Hungary.

Wales v Belgium Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s match from Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Métropole will become the 11th meeting between the two nations over recent years and as we can see from our head to head statistics table below, it has been Belgium who have enjoyed the better of the results having won two times, compared to Wales having won one and the remaining two matches having finished all square.

12/06/15 ECQ Wales – Belgium 1 : 0
16/11/14 ECQ Belgium – Wales 0 : 0
15/10/13 WQE Belgium – Wales
1 : 1
07/09/12 WQE Wales – Belgium 0 : 2
11/10/97 WQE Belgium – Wales 3 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

23 Goals have been scored during those previous 10 matches played between the two nations and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 2.30 which suggests we should see between two or three goals scored in this match on Saturday evening.

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Wales v Belgium Recent Form (Left to Right)

Wales: L W L W W

Belgium: W L W W W

Belgium have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics heading into this game as they have managed four wins and one defeat during their previous five matches played, compared to Wales who have won three and lost two of their previous five matches played.

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Wales v Belgium Match Betting Odds Market

Wales are having a good tournament and can win this game if lady luck is on their side, however this will be a very tough game for them and their current best price available of 9/2 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an Account does seem suggest that they will come up short on Friday night.

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Belgium will be brimming with confidence after their 4-0 destruction of Hungary and their current odds on offer of 4/5 with BetFred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account does look good value.

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Wales v Belgium Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Wales will definitely have a game plan for this match as they are certainly no strangers to playing Belgium having faced off against them twice in the qualification stage to this tournament.

Gareth Bale scored the only goal of the two meetings to seal a 1-0 victory for Wales in the second match and the welsh players will obviously take a lot of confidence from that result.

However, Belgium are really starting to look a good side now and the way they destroyed Hungary in the last round was probably the most impressive victory I have seen so far in this tournament and if they can replicate that kind of performance in this match I think they will prove just too strong for Wales to handle.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip is going to be for Belgium to win this one and book their place in the semi finals as with players like Hazard, Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne to name just a few, their squad has plenty of world class individuals.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip will be for Romelu Lukaku to score the opening goal of the game as although he didn’t get his name on the score-sheet in that 4-0 win, he will look at this game as a real chance to find the net going up against a defence that his used to playing against.

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