The highly rated Rode Duivels kick off their World Cup campaign on Tuesday afternoon against Vahid Halihodzic’s men, with our tipster backing an open match with plenty of goals
Whereas Algeria scrapped through in the final Africa qualification round, beating Burkina Faso on away goals, Marc Wilmots's men cruised through a tough group, winning eight of their 10 matches and staying unbeaten to top the table by nine clear points.
With qualification made to look easy by Belgium, it is no surprise that they are being backed by many to make headway in this competition.
The Rode Duivels come into this match after winning all three of their friendlies in preparation for the finals. They swept aside both Luxembourg and Sweden before beating Tunisia 1-0. With their last loss in a competitive match excluding friendlies being back in 2011 against Germany, Wilmots has put together a very strong squad. bet365 price them at 1/2 (1.50) to win this game.
Algeria will be no pushovers in their opening match, though. They should be confident after winning their three friendlies against European nations in the build-up to Brazil. Vahid Halihodzic's side beat Slovenia, Aremina and Romania in the last month but this is a step up in class for the underdogs. bet365 price them at 15/2 (8.50) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 16/5 (4.20).
With the market heavily favouring Belgium, the 13/10 (2.30) bet for the -1 handicap could be a play in this fixture. However, despite the opposition being weaker, this ha not paid out against them in their last 13 matches so may be better left alone.
Instead, it is worth looking at goals in this fixture. Algeria are no slouches in front of goal, netting in their last 13 games, including seven in their three warm-up games. Belgium themselves do not struggle in the goals department, averaging over two per game in their last five matches.
With the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku leading the line, expect goals from the Rode Duivels. With two scoring sides likely to play out an open game, the over 2.5 goals bet at even money (2.00) looks a fantastic play with be365.
|Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.00) for a 2.00pt stake with bet365