Tip Wales – Belgium
Wales plays host to Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium for this United Nations League A match. Wales had thought they had salvaged a draw in their last match when they equalized in the 92nd minute, only to concede in the 94th minute to lose 2-1 to the Netherlands. They can be forgiven for this loss after their emotional win against Ukraine in the previous match that booked their ticket to their first World Cup in 64 years. Wales will now be back fully recharged for this encounter and will be looking for their first win against Belgium since 2016. They have only lost twice in their last 12 matches across all competitions. Wales have an impressive home record, losing just once in their last seven matches and last loss at home to Belgium back in 2012.
Belgium bounced back from their opening round 4-1 loss to the Netherlands in emphatic style by demolishing Poland 6-1 in their last match. They are now in second position in the group with three points and need a win to keep pace with the high flying Dutch team. Belgium have not been in the greatest of form and as a result have lost their number 1 ranking to Brazil. They have only won two of their last five matches with two draws and a loss. Belgium do however have a formidable away record with just one loss in their last nine matches with five wins and three draws. They have an incredible scoring record having found the back of the net in their last 45 matches.
Key points Wales – Belgium
In three of Wales last five matches there have been over 2.5 goals.
They have only kept one clean sheet in their last six home matches.
In six of Wales last seven matches both teams have scored.
In seven of Belgium’s last eight matches there have been over 2.5 goals.
Only once in their last eight matches has both teams failed to score.
ConclusionWALES – BELGIUM
Wales should be back to a full strength team for this match and will provide a stern test for Belgium. Both these teams need three points from this match or risk falling even further behind the Netherlands. Belgium despite this being their Golden Generation have flattered to deceive against teams in the top 20 of the rankings with four losses and a draw in the last five matches against these teams. We are backing the over 2.5 goals option in this match.