Wales vs. Belgium
November 16, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +105, Under 2.5 -134
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Wales is hosting Belgium at Cardiff City Stadium in round 10 of Group E of the UEFA World Cup Qualifications. Wales needs a draw in this game to escape from the Czech Republic, but it will definitely not be easy. Belgium is still undefeated in these qualifications, they are the best on both ends, and they have secured their spot in the World Cup.
Wales is undefeated in their last 6 games, and with their last 2 wins in a row, Wales has jumped to 2nd place with 14 points, 13 scored goals, and 8 points. The biggest problem for Wales right now is they are playing against one of the best teams in the world, while the Czech Republic who are behind them are playing against Estonia. Wales was playing against Belarus in their last game, and they were the better team with 67% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 81% of the correct passes. Wales started this game fast and strong, and they were leading 2-0 in the 20th minute. With 3 more scored goals in the second half, Wales has won this game 5-1. Ramsey and Bale are the leading goalscorers for Wales with 3 goals each, and they are both expected to play in this game. Wales is a solid team, they have been playing well as of late, and if they can get a point against Belgium, it will be now.
Belgium is a strong team, one of the best in the world, and with a win against Estonia, they have secured their World Cup spot. With Belgium securing the World Cup spot, they no longer need to win this game, and for that reason, I think they will have a mixed starting lineup here. Lukaku is the leading goalscorer for Belgium with 5 goals, but he is injured. The risk of injury in a game like this is high, especially when the other team needs a positive result, which is why I believe neither Hazard, not De Bruyne will be in the starting lineup in this game. There isn’t much more we need to say about Belgium, they are one of the best offensive teams in the world, and even if they won’t have some of their best players in the starting lineup, Wales will still have a tough time defending against Belgium.
With a draw, Wales is going to the additional qualifications, and I think they can get it here. Wales is playing at home, they are doing well defensively, and I think they will be successful in this game.