Belgium - Montenegro Betting Preview: Hazard & co should shower their new boss with goals

The hosts failed to live up to expectations in Euro 2012 qualification, but Al Hain-Cole believes the goal tally will be high against the eastern European minnows
Montenegro travel to Brussels to face a Belgium side playing their first game since the shock departure of coach Georges Leekens, who recently left to manage Club Brugge.

Belgian fans will feel aggrieved that this clash is not a warm-up for a Euro 2012 finals campaign, given the quality of their 'Golden Generation'.

However, Vincent Kompany & Co. were disappointing in qualification, and were beaten to a play-off spot in their European Championship qualifying group by Turkey.

Caretaker coach Marc Wilmots will therefore be keen lift the spirits with a win, and has already promised to unleash dangerman Eden Hazard as his new No. 10.

This could spell trouble for Montenegro, who performed admirably in their maiden attempt at European Championship qualification, but have only ever managed two away wins in their young international history.

Belgium have won four of their last five at home, so it's no surprise that the Red Devils are 3/5 (1.60) favourites with 188Bet to emerge victorious in this one.

Wilmots has named a strong squad in his first game in charge and it would take a brave man to back an out-of-form Montenegro at 17/4 (5.25).

Probably the best the visitors can hope for is to follow in the footsteps of France and Greece, who held Belgium to draws in the two recent friendlies. You can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the Brave Falcons adding to their growing list of impressive results and earning a stalemate.

Belgian fans certainly received full value for money during qualification, with home ties at the Stade Roi Badouin averaging five goals per game.

With Montenegro conceding two or more in their last three away games, backing over 2.5 goals at Evens (2.00) seems like money for old rope.

The host's main weakness in qualifying was a failure to see games out when in control, as late goals cost them valuable points home and away to Turkey and in disappointing draws with Austria and Azerbaijan.

It could be worth backing Montenegro to capitalise on Belgian carelessness and nick the last goal, with the odds at 31/20 (2.55).

Over 2.5 goals at evens (1/1) with 188Bet
Montenegro to score last at 31/20 (2.55) with 188Bet

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Alasdair Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Alasdair you can follow him on Twitter here.

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