Belgium’s loss to Italy may have boosted the confidence level of the Irish players as they prepare for their dual on Saturday. In addition Ireland will need to built on the point that they earned against Sweden which may result to Belgium taking an early exit.
Belgium’s lose however, could not necessarily mean that they are down and out. Infact, it is expected to be a very tough match as the Belgians are bound to give Ireland some heat. They had been the most likely to win in Group E.
The team has some of the best players like Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard who are all Premier League top players. This means there is a lot of internatonal experience; which makes Belgium unpredictable and dangerous.
Bookmaker Odds At European Betting Sites:
Belgium 1.72 or 8/11 Draw 3.80 or 14/5 Ireland 5.50 or 9/2
Ireland similarly are confident and looking forward to their match against Belgium. After their win against Sweden they are bound to fight in order to keep their winning streak. Players like Martin O’ Neil, Wes Hoolahan and Seasman Coleman are players to watch out for after their performance in the last match against Sweden. Recently off the bench Robbie Keane is equally eager for some more action.
Ireland may end up winning this one but probably by a one goal margin. An Irish win automatically qualifies them to the next round. The Belgians will for sure put up a good fight but the Irishmen only need a win or a draw in order to advance. This is in addition to the fact that Ireland has never left the group stage and this match will break this cycle if they advance.
Pressure is hence very high and exciting on the tournament as we expect both sides to give it everything they have. There is however more positive momentum on the Irish team.
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