By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 10th October 2018
Belgium will welcome Switzerland to the King Baudouin Stadium this Friday, in what should be an entertaining showdown between the two sides. Belgium are firm favourites to clinch the win on home turf, but a high-flying Swiss side will look to put a damper on their hopes.
Belgium vs Switzerland: Odds and Predictions
The home side are wagering in as favourites, despite long odds of 4/9, with Vladimir Petković’s men trading at 11/2, and a potential draw projected at 18/5.
Belgium will be confident of trumping Switzerland with a star-studded offense, featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, and Romelu Lukaku.
The Manchester United forward has been tipped to score with odds of 3/1 as part of our Belgium vs Switzerland predictions.
His aerial ability and striking power could lead to the Swiss being on the wrong end of a trouncing, and Fabian Schar and co will have to deny him time and space on the ball.
Yet, while Switzerland may not dazzle with their attacking options as ostentatiously as Belgium, they still possess some prize jewels up front.
Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed in a Liverpool shirt under Jurgen Klopp. His pace on the counter, as well as his crossing ability, could provide Breel Embolo with the chances to convert in front of goal.
Shaqiri himself has been known to score stunning goals, from absurd angles. we’re forecasting him to score again this Saturday, tipping him at 10/1.
Belgium vs Switzerland match bets: Predicted score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Belgium to win 3-0, tipped @ 17/2
Between Hazard, Mertens, Michy Batshuayi and Lukaku, there is no margin for error when it comes to converting chances in front of goal.
Which is why we’ve tipped Belgium to sweep away Switzerland by three goals to naught.
Granted, the Swiss do possess attacking flair of their own, but with two defeats in their last three matches, defensive instability at the back may be their downfall.
As a defensive unit, they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches.
If Petković’s side are unable to score freely, attacking through the counter may lead to gaps in behind being exploited.
Mancini’s men are wagered to shut-out Shaqiri and co and as the latest offer in our Belgium vs Switzerland predictions, the ball is, as they say, in their court.
Best Bet: Predicted to score two or more goals: Dries Merten, with odds @ 9/1
Mertens impressed in domestic colours against Liverpool in Napoli’s Champions League win over the Reds, with the winning goal in the dying moments of the game.
Perhaps our traders watched the Belgian at the Neapolitano, tipping him to score a brace in our Belgium vs Switzerland predictions.
The 31-year-old has scored twice this season in his opening four Serie A performances and has already proved his capabilities in front of goal.
If given the right support, Mertens could well net a few goals against the Swiss.
Predicted scorer: Eden Hazard to score first, forecast @ 4/1
With a stunning six goals in his opening eight, not forecasting Hazard to score would be foolish, and even our betting tipsters have acknowledged this by predicting that he’ll score with odds of 4/1.
The little magician is proving unplayable at times on the counter, and his fluid style of dribbling which caused Liverpool so many problems last week, will be a recurrent feature on Saturday.
The only way to stop him may be to foul him, but knowing the Belgian, his trickery may be too much for an unstable Swiss back four.
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.