Belgium are 4/5 favourites to beat Wales in their own backyard and strengthen their grip on pole position in Euro 2016 qualifying group B in the process.
Yet several of Marc Wilmots’ squad could be forgiven for having their minds elsewhere, with a large amount of their number subject to spiralling transfer speculation in recent weeks.
As such, the 10/3 on a Welsh win, the 5/2 on a draw and the 19/20 about the hosts on the double-chance (win or draw) betting all look that much more appealing.
Liverpool and Tottenham are both stalking Christian Benteke’s footsteps as they seek to bolster their strikeforces this summer, with the latter’s Rode Duivels star Nacer Chadli vocal about his to desire to see his international teammate at Spurs.
The Lilywhites are also thought to be keen on defender Toby Alderweireld, but may well have to fight off interest from Chelsea for last season’s Southampton loan titan.
Stamford Bridge failure turned Bundesliga dynamite Kevin de Bruyne is yet another who has played his way into the affections of the European elite this term, with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Bayern Munchen all summer suitors.
That’s just those with Premier League links and the Zenit duo Nicholas Lombaerts and Axel Witsel are also thought to be on the move for 2015/16 – it’s understood the latter is being lined up as a potential Paul Pogba replacement at Juventus.
Belgium coach Wilmots has attempted to play down the effects of such speculation on his players, telling a pre-match press conference:
“I will simply say that the best way to sell yourself as a player is to have a good game here and win.”
Yet his star-studded side will need to be nothing less than completely on their mettle to down the Welsh if the adversaries’ 0-0 draw in Belgium last November is any guide and such widespread speculation cannot help their concentration.
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