With 25 points from a possible 27 and 39 goals scored in nine matches, Belgium have enjoyed one of the most successful qualifying campaigns of any UEFA nation.
Roberto Martinez’s men have long since claimed their place at Russia 2018, yet Saturday evening saw them display tremendous professionalism to triumph 4-3 away to Bosnia in extremely trying conditions.
It is true that the Belgians switched off defensively after taking an early lead in Bosnia to trail 2-1, but their phenomenal firepower means that they are likely to outscore most sides, and we can surely expect another dominant display in their final match.
Belgium’s opponents are a Cyprus side who have enjoyed an excellent campaign by their standards, although defeats to Estonia and Greece in their last two matches have ended their hopes of securing a play-off berth.
In the first match of the group, Belgium won 3-0 in Cyprus and offer them at just 1/9 (1.11) to claim another three points, while the Cypriots can be backed at 22/1 (23.00) and the draw is offered at 15/2 (8.50).
Going into their penultimate game, Cyprus still had a chance of making the play-offs and even took the lead against Greece, before conceding twice to lose by a 2-1 scoreline; they are likely to feel pretty deflated and with nothing to play for they could be on the end of another defeat.
Belgium too have nothing at stake in the game, although their quality in front of goal is exceptional with the side the top scorers in the entire UEFA qualifying competition.
Backing Belgium to repeat their victory with a -2 handicap from last year at 5/6 (1.83) could be one way of investing in a home win, although that price perhaps looks a little short. Instead, consider backing a home win and under 3.5 goals in the game at 6/5 (2.20) which pays out in a 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, and 3-0 victory for the hosts.
This bet still pays out with Belgium getting among the goals, although with Martinez likely to give some fringe players a chance perhaps it will not be as high-scoring a win as if there was something tangible riding on the game.
Belgium to win and under 3.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2pt stake with