Belgium v Switzerland Betting: Latest odds, team news, preview & predictions

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Petkovic's men were uncharacteristically prolific in their Nations League opener and Al Hain-Cole cannot see them troubling Martinez's Red Devils

Belgium will be aiming to take control of their UEFA Nations League group when Switzerland visit the Stade Roi Baudouin on Friday.

Roberto Martinez's men won their opening match 3-0 away to Iceland, but are still second as their guests thrashed the same opposition 6-0 in their first group game.

Latest Odds

Having lost just once in 28 fixtures, they are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with 888Sport to leapfrog them into first place by coming out on top in Brussels.

The Nati followed up that emphatic opening win with a 1-0 friendly defeat away to England, but are priced at 13/2 (7.50) to bounce back with a shock victory here.

Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland World Cup 2018

Just one of the previous seven encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 7/2 (4.50) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.

Team News

With Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Adnan Januzaj all injured, Martinez has recalled Jason Denayer, Christian Kabasele and Dennis Praet, as well as giving Brandon Mecehel a first call-up.

Kevin Mbabu, Johan Djourou and Admir Mehmedi are all absent through injury for Vladimir Petkovic, who has called up uncapped Young Boys midfielder Christian Fassnacht.

Goal-shy Switzerland

As a side hardly renowned for attacking football, it was a surprise to see Switzerland put six goals past Iceland in their Nations League opener.

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Petkovic's men were knocked out of the World Cup in a drab 1-0 defeat to Sweden in their previous game, and were subsequently beaten 1-0 by England in a similarly uninspiring friendly encounter just three days after demolishing Iceland.

A similar display seems likely against Les Diables Rouges, who have won three consecutive games without conceding a goal and kept clean sheets in six of their last eight matches on home turf.

Predictions

All in all, odds of 7/5 (2.40) are well worth backing on a classy Belgium winning to nil in a straightforward victory over Switzerland.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Belgium to win to nil at 7/5 (2.40) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport

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