By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 16th October 2018
World Cup semi-finalists Belgium host a resurgent Netherlands side looking to inflict more pain and misery on Europe’s top sides after their 3-0 demolition of Germany last weekend. They will have to contend with a strong picked Belgium side in this international friendly match at the King Baudouin Stadium.
Belgium vs Netherlands: Odds and Predictions
The Red Devils come into the match-up as the traders’ favourites with their odds betting at 78/100. The Flying Dutchmen meanwhile find themselves priced up at 16/5.
A sharing of the spoils of war is betting at a 14/5 pick and our Belgium vs Netherlands predictions and betting tips are backing high-scoring draw between the European outfits.
Ronald Koeman was ecstatic watching his side demolish Germany, with goals from Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and captain Virgil Van Dijk securing all three points in the UEFA Nations League. Holland however will be without Van Dijk when they visit Belgium in a fixture they haven’t won in 20 years.
Roberto Martinez’s side are one of most in-form teams in world football, and come off the back of a 3rd placed finish at the 2018 World Cup. The Spanish coach has an extremely experienced squad but may experiment with several players on the fringes of his team.
Recent head-to-head record (oldest first): Belgium 2-2 Netherlands, Belgium 1-1 Netherlands, Netherlands 0-1 Belgium, Belgium 4-2 Netherlands, Netherlands 1-1 Belgium.
Belgium vs Netherlands predictions: Match tips, best bet and goal-scorer
Correct Score prediction: Draw 2-2, trading at odds of 12/1
As we suggested above, we’re backing these sides to draw when they meet on Tuesday night. The Netherlands haven’t won there in Belgium for 20 years and – despite their excellent recent form – it’s hard to look past the Red Devil’s when you assess their record in the last two years.
Their semi-final defeat to the eventual World Champions has been their only loss in the last two years of football and even if assistant coach Thierry Henry has set off for pastures new, it’s hard to see the loss of the Frenchman effecting an elite clique of stars including Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens.
Therefore, our betting tips reckon a 2-2 draw – odds trading at 12/1 pick – is definitely worth a punt.
Best bet: Over 3.5 goals at betting at 13/8
Our best bet in our Belgium vs Netherlands predictions is an Over/Under bet which is backing Over 3.5 goals when these sides face at the King Baudouin Stadium.
Our betting tips reckon this a safe bet considering the free-flowing and attacking games both sides employ under their current managers. In the last international break, Belgium swatted aside Scotland 4-0 before putting three past Iceland, taking their tally to nine goals in their past three games since the World Cup.
In that same period the Netherlands have managed six goals – despite playing without a recognised striker – and still in the process of rebuilding their identity and style.
Goal-scorer prediction: Memphis Depay to score 2 or more odds at a 14/1 tip
The 24-year old Dutchmen appears to have finally put his horrid Manchester United chapter behind since his move to Lyon in January 2017. His 22 goals in all competitions in his first full season for the Ligue 1 outfit helped propel them into the Champions League while his four goals in seven appearances for Holland this calendar year is not to be disparaged.
With the dearth of strikers available since Robin van Persie left the international scene, Ronald Koeman has asked Depay to operate in an auxiliary center-forward role the winger has now fully accustomed too.
Depay drops deep to build play but also runs behind defenders in this system with his performance against Germany evidence of the success he enjoys. He managed a healthy five shots that game, scoring and hitting the cross bar whilst ending with a WhoScored Man of the Match rating of 8.7.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.