Cyprus vs Belgium predictions and football betting tips for tonight’s World Cup 2018 qualifying match including the latest betting odds and an anytime goalscorer.
The World Cup qualifiers continue this Tuesday as proceedings get underway in Group H. Favourites Belgium face a tricky away tie in Cyprus at 19:45pm and he are our match predictions and betting tips ahead of that clash.
The hosts will be looking to build on what was a fairly encouraging Euro 16 qualifying campaign as they take on the Group H big dogs this Tuesday evening. Despite finishing second bottom of their pack in the Euro 16 qualifiers, the Cypriots did manage to take 12 points from all their games in that group, and were it not for losing to Bosnia in their final match, could have even forced their way into the playoffs as the third placed side.
Nevertheless, Cyprus have not played an awful lot of football since their defeat to the Bosnians back in October last year. In fact, all they have to show for 2016 has been two narrow defeats away to Ukraine and Serbia back in the spring. However, they were placed in the same group as Belgium in the European qualifiers so they will have a rough idea of what awaits them tonight.
The Belgians head across Europe off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Spain in their most recent friendly last week. Despite having a few half chances during that game, new manager Roberto Martinez saw his side comprehensively outplayed by the Spanish and should probably have lost by more than the David Silva double that eventually saw them off.
However, despite flattering to deceive on numerous occasions over the last few years, there’s no doubting that Belgium have a plethora of talent in their squad that’s capable of beating any side in the world on their day. Eden Hazard appears to have woken from his year-long slumber and looks back to his devastating best. The Chelsea forward was absolutely outstanding in Euro 2016 and has already started the Premier League season with a bang.
Heading into the Group H opener and the bookies are all over Belgium like a rash, with the visitors currently trading at a best price of 1/3. Hosts Cyprus can be backed at odds of 11/1, with the draw available at 9/2.
Obviously it would take a brave person to look past Belgium tonight, but one thing to take note of is that out of their last five defeats in all formats, Cyprus have only lost by the single goal. One of these losses actually including a 1-0 win for Belgium back in September last year and even that match needed an 86th Eden Hazard strike to break the deadlock. With these facts in mind, a narrow away win might be the way forward for tonight’s first Cyprus vs Belgium betting tip. Therefore, back Belgium to win and under 2.5 goals at 43/20 with Sportingbet.
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Moving over to the goalscoring market and Belgium really do have an embarrassment of riches to choose from up front, however you might be best served waiting for the pre-match team news to see which striker might get the nod. One person that will surely start, though, is Eden Hazard and the Chelsea man is in fine form at present and should also retain spot-kick duties ahead of the match so he is the obvious choice for an anytime goalscorer bet in Cyprus vs Belgium tonight. At a decent price of 13/8 with Ladbrokes, back Hazard to score anytime in 90 minutes.
Finally, for a bet that I have just touched on, and backing a penalty kick in the match might hold some value considering Cyprus are likely to sit very deep for most of the match and look to nick a goal on the break. Although the odds are marginally improved on Belgium to score a penalty, simply backing a penalty to be awarded in the match at 29/10 with Betfair certainly covers a few more bases to complete our Cyprus vs Belgium predictions in tonight’s World Cup 2018 qualifying matches.
Belgium win and under 2.5 goals – 43/20 with Sportingbet.
Hazard to score anytime – 13/8 with Ladbrokes.
Penalty to be awarded – 29/10 with Betfair.
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