Euro 2016 qualifier: Belgium vs Wales match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s Euro 2006 qualifier at the King Baudouin Stadium

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Wales travel to Belgium knowing a win will keep them at the top of Group B and give them a six point advantage over the home side.

However, Belgium do have a game in hand after their match against Israel was postponed. Chris Coleman's team have won two and drawn one of their three qualifying matches so far, giving them a one point advantage over Israel.

In competitive matches there have been 10 meetings between the two sides, with Wales holding a slight advantage. Wales have won five and lost three of the 10 meetings, with a further two draws. Both teams have scored 16 goals against the other.

The two sides met in World Cup qualifying for the 2014 tournament. Belgium won the game in Wales 2-0, with goals from Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen. The match in Belgium ended 1-1, with Aaron Ramsey’s late goal cancelling out Kevin De Bruyne’s opener.

KICK-OFF: Friday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Belgium 1 (De Bruyne) Wales 1 (Ramsey), World Cup qualifying, October 2013

Wales 0 Belgium 2 (Kompany, Vertonghen), World Cup qualifying, September 2012

Belgium 3 (Staelens, Claessens, Wilmots) Wales 2 (Pembridge, Giggs), World Cup qualifying, October 1997

STATS…

Belgium have not lost at home to Wales, winning three and drawing two

Wales have not beaten Belgium since 1993, a 2-0 win in Cardiff

When Belgium beat Wales 2-0 in 1992, both current bosses were on the bench. Chris Coleman was an unused substitute while Marc Wilmots came on as a late substitute

Wilmots did not lose a match against Wales as a player, winning three and drawing one

Belgium’s FIFA World Ranking: 4

Wales’ FIFA World Ranking: 34

ODDS…

Belgium to win: 1.28

Wales to win: 13.0

Draw: 6.0

TV: Live on Sky Sports 5 at 5.00pm

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