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The highly-rated Red Devils 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

Belgium and Algeria meet in Group H in Minas Gerais with both sides having contrasting qualification campaigns.

Whereas Algeria scrapped through in the final Africa qualification round, beating Burkina Faso on away goals, Marc Wilmots’ men cruised through a tough group, winning eight of their 10 matches, staying unbeaten to win the group by nine points.

With qualification made to look easy by Belgium, it’s no surprise that they are being backed by many to make headway in this competition.

The Red Devils come into this match after winning all three of their friendly matches 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 a confident side after winning their three friendlies against European nations in the build up to Brazil. Vahid Halihodzic’s side beat Slovenia, Armenia 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 hasn’t paid out against them in their last 13 matches so may be better left alone.
Instead, it’s 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 friendlies before the finals. Belgium themselves don’t struggle in the goals department, averaging over two goals per game in their last five matches.

With the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku leading the line, expect goals from the Red Devils. 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

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