By Maryam Naz
14th November 2018
The Strákarnir okkar will have to make the long trek to the King Baudouin Stadium to face an in-form Belgium side, in the latest bout of UEFA Nations League matches. Roberto Martinez’s men shipped three past Iceland in last month’s clash and are favourites to repeat their successes.
Belgium vs Iceland: odds and predictions
The Red Devils are firm favourites to win, despite the odds projected at 1/6 in our Belgium vs Iceland predictions and betting tips. Meanwhile, Heimir Hallgrímsson’s men are trading as 16/1 outsiders, with a share of the spoils of war wagered at 11/2.
The away side will have a tough task in keeping the Belgian attack quiet, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi in red-hot form on the international scene.
The latter man, Batshuayi, has already bagged four goals in his five appearances in a Belgian shirt. Not only is his finishing strong, but also his runs off the ball, which will make him a threatening figure on the counter.
Our William Hill traders make him a 3/1 pick to score anytime during the game, where he could add to Iceland’s woes.
Yet if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Iceland in both the summer World Cup and 2016 European Championships, it’s that they are a tough side to break down defensively.
Tall and physical defenders in the back four, such as Ragnar Sigurðsson and Hörður Björgvin Magnússon, could pose a problem for players like Hazard – the most fouled player in the Premier League.
Combine this with an in-form Alfred Finbogasson, who is priced up at 14/1 to score first, and all the evidence suggests that this could be a difficult one for the Belgians.
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Belgium vs Iceland predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Belgium to win 3-0, odds trading @ 5/1
The Belgian’s already shipped three past the travelling team in their last UEFA Nations League encounter in September, and the first match bet in our Belgium vs Iceland predictions and betting tips forecast a repeat of the scoreline.
While the Icelandic side has proved to be a thorn in team’s with more skilful players, we still expect Martinez’s side to come up with the goods on the counter through Hazard and co.
A 5/1 pick for them to push three past Hannes Þór Halldórsson is considered a decent set of odds, but scroll down and peruse the rest of our match bets.
The Manchester United forward has already scored four goals in two games in this competition and against Iceland, we’re making him our pick to do so again.
The 25-year-old was sidelined for the first half of the Manchester derby, but came on and made an instant impact to win the Red Devils a penalty in the last quarter of the game.
Against a more physical Icelandic defence, his strength and hold-up play will be a welcome added dimension to the Belgian attack, and we’re wagering he’ll score twice, be it from a set-piece or from open play.
Scorer tips: Eden Hazard our pick to score first @ 7/2
After his best start ever to a Premier League season, our betting traders are punting on Hazard to break the scoring first.
Despite only scoring a single goal in the opening match days of the UEFA Nations League, the Belgian forward’s pace on the counter, combined with his skill and finishing ability makes him a threatening figure to the Icelandic defence.
With the odds trading at 7/2, the last match bet in our Belgium vs Iceland predictions and betting tips expect the Belgian to score first.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.