EURO 2016 Qualifiers Preview: Group B

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Updated: November 13, 2014

Match Date: 16 November 2014 (local time)

 

Belgium vs. Wales

Belgium made an impressive start in the qualifiers when it trashed the online betting minnow, Andorra. Their first encounter ended with the latter conceding six (6) goals. The strength of the Belgian defence wall was simply too impenetrable that it was able to keep a clean sheet.

 

The success however, was plain temporary or maybe for the lack of a better term, a mere beginner’s luck. After installing a massive win, the favorite was forced to settle for an even steven finish against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Spectators are hoping that the so-called World Cup dark horse will return to its winning ways after the frustrating draw. Indeed, it is possible, but they have to do it without the help of its reliable skipper, Vincent Kompany.

 

Kompany incurred an injury that will sideline him in the upcoming match. Belgium currently sits at the 3rd spot of Group B and they cannot afford to lose to Wales, which leads the group.

 

Kompany’s absence plus the home court disadvantage is perhaps the reasons why the Wales’ star player, Gareth Bale says that the pressure is on Belgium’s side.

 

Prediction: 1-1

 

Cyprus vs. Andorra

Biased as it may sound, but Andorra has a small chance of advancing into the next stage of the competition.

 

In its last two (2) matches alone, the squad has already conceded ten (10) goals and has only responded once. This scenario will eventually prevent them from moving forward in the event that there’s a tie due to its poor goal difference.

 

As for Cyprus, this should be an easy win for them considering Andorra’s lackluster performance and their home court advantage.

 

Prediction: 4-0

 

Israel vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sitting comfortably in the 2nd spot of Group B, expect Israel to exploit the absence of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Edin Dzeko.

 

Dzeko, one of the natural strikers of the squad is sideline in the match after  suffering a “very serious” calf injury.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina has not won a single match since the qualifiers started and with Dzeko’s absence, its chances of mobbing forward to the next stage may not materialize.

 

Prediction: 2-1

 

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