Belgium - Australia Betting Preview: Classy hosts can be trusted to see off the Socceroos

Two sides who participated in World Cup 2014 meet in an international friendly on Thursday night and our tipster is backing the European outfit to enjoy an emphatic home victory
World Cup 2014 quarter-finalists Belgium will look to maintain their fine form of recent months when they play host to Australia in an international friendly in Liege on Thursday night.

Marc Wilmots’ side suffered their only defeat of 2014 thus far when they were eliminated from this summer’s showpiece by eventual runners-up Argentina in Brasilia and Belgium will be keen to attain a positive result ahead of their Euro 2016 qualification campaign, which begins next week.

Thursday’s hosts are chalked up at 2/5 (1.40) with William Hill to emerge victorious from Thursday’s tussle while Australia, who lost all three of their group stage games at World Cup 2014, are available at 13/2 (7.50) with the same firm to win in Liege. William Hill go 15/4 (4.75) that the match ends in stalemate.

Those keen to watch and bet on the action can do so via William Hill TV, with the firm streaming live coverage of the match to customers on Thursday evening.

The Socceroos are still seeking their first win of 2014, having lost five of their six outings and Angelos Postecoglou will be hoping for a reaction from his side here.

However, Belgium may well prove to be too classy for Australia and the hosts can be trusted to chalk up a convincing win ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Israel in Jerusalem.

Indeed, it is worth noting that Australia have leaked no fewer than nine goals in their last three matches and, with that in mind, the 10/11 (1.91) quote for Marc Wilmots’ men to lead at both half-time and full-time appears to represent outstanding value here, while the 19/20 (1.95) quote from the same firm for Belgium (-1) in William Hill’s handicap market also carries appeal.

Belgium boast plenty of firepower and there may be value in snapping up the generous 9/5 (2.80) quote from William Hill for Marc Wilmots’ side to come out in top of both halves during Thursday’s encounter in Liege.

Whilst the clash with Australia may not be Wilmots’ main priority, the Belgian boss will be keen to see his side lay down a marker here and, subsequently, the 10/11 (1.91) quote for Belgium to lead at both half-time and full-time should be backed accordingly by punters.

Belgium to lead at half-time and full-time at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2pts stake with William Hill

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