Wilmots does have a few injury and suspension concerns as Jan Vertonghen’s tournament has been ended by injury, Moussa Dembele is a doubt with an ankle knock and Thomas Vermaelen is suspended. Chris Coleman has no such worries regarding his Wales outfit with his 23 all available.
Vertonghen is the big blow for the Red Devils as he has arguably been the lynchpin in their defence and Wales do have the attacking talent to cause problems. Gareth Bale has three goals to his name already and may be able to grab another today, the Real Madrid man is 7/4 to score at anytime, but the superior quality in the Belgian attack could prove the difference.
Much has been made of Wales’ recent record against Belgium as they managed a win and a draw over their last four opponents during qualifying but I’m not sure how much should be read into that ahead of today’s clash. For some members of the Wales side this could well be the biggest game of their careers but Belgium are packed full of players who regularly feature on the biggest stages – they may well handle the occasion better.
It could be a close contest but the firepower at Wilmots’ disposal should prove the difference. Wales won’t go down without a fight and I expect them to make a game of it which is why my top bet for this clash is a Belgium win with both teams to score, which pays out at 15/4.