March 31, 2015

Israel v Belgium Asian Handicap Preview – Tuesday 31st March

Israel v Belgium – Teddy Stadium Jerusalem at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 5

Both sides will have the opportunity to go top of Group B with a win today in this re-arranged fixture which should have taken place last September, after it was postponed over security concerns.

Belgium will enter the match in confident mood after thrashing Cyprus 5-0 and can overtake group leaders Wales on goal difference with a win today.

Israel suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Wales at the weekend which has left them in second place, 2 points behind the Welsh and a point in front of Belgium. Israel will need to show some mental strength tonight after the weekend’s loss and the opportunity of going 4 points clear now gone.

Belgium are undefeated in qualification with 2 wins and 2 draws. They opened the campaign with a 6-0 win over Andorra before back to back draws with Bosnia and Wales. They have scored 12 goals and only conceded once their 4 matches.

Israel started the group with 3 wins from 3, scoring 9 and conceding twice. They have beaten Cyrpus 2-1, Andorra 4-1 and an impressive away win over Bosnia 3-0. The loss to Wales would have been a real blow but they can put that behind them tonight with a good performance.

There is no doubt that Belgium are the far superior side and the odds reflect that, as short as 1.44 to win and shortening. Israel’s away win over Bosnia shows they have the capabilities to get something from tonight but after their loss to Wales, their confidence will have been dented.

With the likes of Lukaku, Benteke and Hazard leading the attack, Belgium will have just too much for Israel and I have no doubt they can win comfortably. I’m confident they will win by at least 2 goals so the 2.2 available to back them at -1.25 on the Asian Handicap will be my recommendation for this one.

I also think there is value on the Over/Under market with Over 2.5 goals at 2.0.

Asian Handicap Recommendation: Belgium -1.25 @ 2.2

Prices correct at time of writing.

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