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Belgium aims to maintain recent form against Iceland in UEFA Nations League

Dries Mertens Belgium vs Iceland UEFA Nations League soccer

Without doubt one of the strongest teams in world football, Belgium welcomes Iceland on Thursday night looking to continue its fantastic form over the last few months. Having reached the semifinals of the World Cup earlier this year, Roberto Martinez and his players have picked up where they left off after making a blistering start to this new continental competition.

SHARK BITES
  • Belgium has lost just one of its last 30 matches across all competitions.
  • Iceland has not managed to win any of its last 11 games across all competitions.
  • Belgium won the corresponding fixture 3-0 back in September.

The Red Devils look raring to go

Belgium truly is enjoying a golden generation of gifted footballers, and the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are world-class talents. That does not spell good news for Iceland, a team that after surprising everyone at Euro 2016 by going all the way to the final eight has been brought crashing down to earth in recent months.

Iceland did make it to the World Cup in Russia last summer but failed to make it out of the group stage after not winning any of their three games. Their winless run now stretches to 11 matches and is unlikely to improve against the might of this Belgian outfit.

It is no surprise that it is Belgium that comes into this match as the red-hot favorite to take all three points. You can back the Red Devils to pick up a win at just -500, while Iceland is all the way out at +1100 to get back to winning ways on the road. A draw is priced in the middle at +600.

Belgium could run riot

We could well see Belgium run riot here – after all, they have more than enough firepower to dismantle an Iceland outfit that is struggling for both form and confidence. While it is never an easy task trying to predict the exact scoreline of any match, a 4-0 rout for the Belgians is priced competitively at +900 and, given the form of both countries going into this match, may well be worth backing.

That in turn would allow you to back OVER 2.5 goals in the game which is priced short at -163, and a “No” to both teams scoring, which is at the even shorter price of -175. It therefore may well be worth thinking about combo betting to try to give any potential earnings a boost, where you can select multiple outcomes rather than just one at higher odds.

For example, a Belgium win and a “No” to both teams scoring is at -138, the same price as a Belgium win and OVER 2.5 goals in the game. You may also bet on the total number of goals in the match, with UNDER two goals coming in at +350, two or three goals seeing that price drop to +110 while OVER three goals is at +150.

Belgium to come racing out of the blocks

Whichever way you slice this cake, it looks like a relatively simple stroll for Belgium. And with that in mind we expect them to come at Iceland quickly, trying to kill the game off as a meaningful contest as quickly as possible. You can therefore back OVER 0.5 goals in the first 10 minutes at +275, while Belgium is at +450 to be ahead within that time frame. Given the competitive odds, it could well be a money spinner.

Belgium looks to be far too technically strong for a limited yet spirited Iceland team. Belgium is at -138 to win to nil (without Iceland scoring a goal) while they are at -125 to score in both halves and just +125 to actually go out and win both halves.

Roberto Martinez has built an efficient, streamlined machine with his Belgium side and they are unlikely to come unstuck against Iceland on Thursday night. Iceland may well have been the flavor of the month at Euro 2016, but recent results have shown that they still have a long way to go if they are to compete with the best – they will go home disappointed here.

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