If Wales prevail in Cyprus this evening they’ll wedge an eight-point cushion between themselves and third-place Israel in European Championship qualifying Group B.
With their adversaries looking to snare a play-off place themselves, the victory that will take them to the brink of progression isn’t a formality, but it headlines our international Combi+ enhanced accumulator regardless.
A price of 17/2 can be snared if Wales, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands win tonight; here’s why they’re going to do it.
Wales to beat Cyprus
The Cypriots are in contention for a play-off spot, but there’s reason to speculate their position is a false one.
All the big hitters in Group B have to yet visit their Nicosia stronghold, where Israel recorded a 2-1 win earlier in the campaign.
This bodes well for the Welsh, who have won four of their six meetings with this foe and have only conceded one goal on the road (against Andorra, amazingly) in pursuit of a Euro 2016 spot.
Belgium to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina
A win is requisite for Marc Wilmots’ side as they look to chase down surprise pace setters Wales and Bosnia’s away form says they should get it.
Aside from a 3-0 win against whipping boys Andorra, they’ve failed to score on their travels and haven’t claimed the spoils in six of their last nine played beyond the borders of the motherland.
Since the World Cup, Belgium have won four of five on the homestead, conceding once in the process.
Bulgaria to beat Norway
The Bulgarians aren’t exactly what you’d call formidable on their own patch, but there’s reason to believe they’ll snap a four-match barren spell when Norway are in town.
Per-Mathias Hogmo’s men have just three wins to show from their last 14 international bouts and their only away wins in competitive football this decade came against Cyprus, Malta and Azerbaijan.
Netherlands to beat Iceland
Lars Lagerback’s trailblazing underdogs are but a couple of wins away from achieving the incredible feat of Euro 2016 qualification, though their standing at the summit of Group A is largely down to stellar home form.
The Dutch were beaten in Iceland, as were Turkey and the Czech Republic, though the latter avenged the loss in the corresponding fixture.
De Oranje haven’t leaked a single goal in any of their last three against their next opponent, while Austria and Switzerland are the only hosts currently ranked in FIFA’s top 20 who failed to beat Strakarnir okkar since 2005.