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Belgium battling to claim top spot in Group B with Israel victory

| 31.03.2015

Belgium will be aiming to climb to top spot in Group B as they travel to contest Israel in their latest Euro 2016 qualifying fixture.

Marc Wilmots’ travelling Euro hopefuls, 13/5 with Coral to win both halves, can move ahead of their opponents and main rivals Wales in the table with a victory, having gained a dominant goal difference in their group so far.

The visitors will be confident of toppling their struggling opposition, with Israel having suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Chris Coleman’s impressive Welsh outfit last time out. They are available at 7/1 to cause an upset and overcome their heavily favoured Group B competitors.

Although, Israel currently sit second in the group, while Belgium are a point adrift in third, but would go ahead on goal difference after drawing 0-0 with Wales in November.

The upcoming clash was rearranged from its original date last September over security concerns, but it’s the visiting team who have been on a better run of form lately. Belgium arrive undefeated so far and romped to an emphatic 5-0 triumph over Cyprus in their previous qualifier, while Israel have recently faltered.

Belgium boss Wilmots is hoping his in-form side can continue their rampant run and have a repeat performance against Israel.

“We will not change our philosophy to face Israel. We will be well ordered and well organised,” said Wilmots.

“We are second in the group and we are coming back. We have to win and nothing else.”

Israel and Charlton Athletic veteran defender Tal Ben Haim celebrates his 33rd birthday on matchday and has the daunting task of facing potent pair Christian Benteke and Eden Hazard as a present. Chelsea’s Hazard is a 5/2 chance to score anytime and his nation to secure a victory.

Meanwhile, towering targteman Benteke is available at 4/1 to bag a brace or more, having struck four times in as many outings for club and country.

The hosts have some potentially threatening forwards of their own, with Omer Damari having incredibly fired in five goals in qualifying already, including a hat-trick against Andorra last year. Israel’s 26-year-old finisher is a 16/5 chance to net again anytime in his latest international outing.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.