Gareth Bale of Real Madrid

Wales vs Belgium: Cardiff draw could satisfy both sides

Kick-off: 1945, 16/11/2021

Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Wales have more to play for than Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup Group E finale and are worth backing to get something out of this game.

The Dragons are already assured of a place in the play-offs but will earn second spot and a potentially better draw if avoiding defeat in Cardiff.

With their opponents guaranteed to top the table and expected to make changes, we like 12/5 for a stalemate as our first Wales vs Belgium prediction.

Wales’ Odds

Wales have the safety net of advancing via their Nations League exploits but boosted hopes of a runner-up finish by crushing Belarus 5-1.

Aaron Ramsey’s double and strikes by Neco Williams, Ben Davies and Connor Roberts helped the Dragons to claim an impressive victory.

They are now unbeaten in six pool matches since opening up with a 3-1 loss to Belgium in Leuven, crucially taking four points off the Czech Republic.

Gareth Bale only featured for 45 minutes when winning his 100th cap on Saturday but revealed that was always the plan on his return from a hamstring tear.

The Real Madrid forward said: “From the first whistle, we knew we had to be on it, as it could come down to goal difference. It was a great performance and we’re delighted.

“We were just focused on this game first but it is a big game now on Tuesday. We recover now and get ready for that, the big one.”

Juventus midfielder Ramsey added: “We’re just excited that we’re in a position to finish second.

“We’ve had some great battles with Belgium over the years and hopefully we can have another one on Tuesday.”

The Dragons have opened the scoring in six of seven qualifiers, including the away game against the Red Devils.

We reckon 135/100 for them to break the deadlock here is worth adding to our Wales vs Belgium betting tips.

Belgium’s Odds

Belgium have only dropped two points so far and made sure of top spot with a 3-1 win over Estonia in Brussels.

Christian Benteke and Yannick Carrasco gave the home side a comfortable lead before Erik Sorga reduced the deficit on 70 minutes.

However, Thorgan Hazard’s effort soon after settled any nerves and effectively sealed the Red Devils’ trip to Qatar.

Roberto Martinez will surely now take this opportunity to rest some key players following a busy year.

Belgium reached the last eight of Euro 2020 and featured in the Nations League finals tournament, so time off has been limited.

Romelu Lukaku, Toby Alderweireld, Youri Tielemans and Michy Batshuayi were already missing through injury and there could be some fresh faces called up here.

Looking at the Wales vs Belgium odds, we like 11/2 for a 1-1 draw that may see both sides go home satisfied.

Additional stats

Last result:

WALES 5-1 Belarus – Aaron Ramsey (2), Neco Williams, Ben Davies, Connor Roberts

BELGIUM 3-1 Estonia – Christian Benteke, Yannick Carrasco, Thorgan Hazard

Head-to-head: Belgium 3-1 Wales, Wales 3-1 Belgium, Wales 1-0 Belgium, Belgium 0-0 Wales

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