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16/10/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Stade Roi Baudouin V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away Netherlands

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

A late Holland goal. Belgium have netted later than the 80th minute in their last two outings but the Netherlands scored twice later than the 85th minute against Germany.

The Netherlands are 7/4 with 10bet to score last that is well worth a punt.

7/4 The Netherlands to score last
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2 We fancy:

Belgium to win and both teams to score is 11/5 with bet365 and the best way to get value from the home win.

Remarkably, Belgium have only lost one game in their last 29 outings, winning an incredible 23 of those matches whilst Holland have at least got their scoring boots back on after putting three past Germany last time out.

11/5 Belgium to win and BTTS
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3 It's a long shot, but…

Belgium to win 4-2 is 38/1 with MansionBet.

That is what happened when the pair last met in Belgium in an international friendly in 2012 and considering the prowess of both these sides, that outcome could be on the cards.

38/1 Belgium to win 4-2
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One to Watch: Virgil van Dijk

The Netherlands captain has been in fine form for club side Liverpool this season and is starting to justify his hefty transfer fee.

However, his national team boss Ronald Koeman has stated he demands more of his captain as he is ‘too laid back’.

All eyes will be on whether Van Dijk is the man to lift the Dutch out of their quandary and back to the pinnacle of world football where they undoubtedly belong.

He has delivered so far, netting in the 3-0 Nations League win over Germany and at 14/1 with Paddy Power to net again anytime in the game, could prove to be one of the most valuable and best football betting tips for this game.

14/1 Van Dijk to score anytime
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Team News

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Belgium's Last Six:
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Roberto Martínez’s side has continued their fine form of the World Cup and after back-to-back Nations League wins, the side can blood a few youngsters. Jason Denayer could be in line for a start, while Monaco’s Youri Tielemans and Atlanta’s Timothy Castagne will be expecting to get some game time.

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Ronald Koeman’s rebuilding process has seen the Dutchman select seven players aged 23 and under in his squad, meaning youngsters such as Steven Bergwijn, Donny van de Beek, and 19-year-old Matthijs de Ligt will be confident of taking to the pitch at some point. 

Belgium vs Netherlands Football Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Roberto Martinez may have lost his assistant Thierry Henry, but Belgium are the favourites against the Netherlands here

For a number of years, it was roles reversed for these two. The Netherlands were the global dominant outfit taking on the world’s best on a continual basis, whilst Belgium struggled to make an impact. Oh, how things have changed as now it is Belgium who are continuously tipped for the top prizes while the Dutch struggle to even qualify.

However, after both impressed in their last Nation’s League outings, could we see the rise of the Oranje once more? This game is set up for an intriguing tie in which both sides will blood some youth, but that will not take away from the action as you will see in our international friendly predictions for this epic contest between two European giants.

Belgium are 4/7 to win and that is hardly a surprise. The Red Devils have won 11 of their last 12 international outings – only losing to France in the World Cup semi-final – and have not lost to Holland since 1997, making a home win today’s football prediction in the outright market.

The Netherlands are 5/1 to win which actually could be one of the smarter football predictions for this game when it comes to value. The Dutch come into the game after an impressive 3-0 Nations League win over Germany and if they are capable of that, they are capable of anything. Could Holland’s rebirth be back on?

The draw is 11/4 and considering this is a friendly, is more than just a viable bet. Especially considering there have been five draws in the last seven games between the two meaning this is yet another likely scenario in our international friendly preview.

Both teams to score is 8/11 and looks like being one of the best football predictions for this game. The home side have only failed to score in one of their last 12 games, whilst the Dutch have scored in their last six games straight.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is 4/6 and is a smart way to go in our football score predictions. This is because five of Belgium’s last seven games have seen over 2.5 goals in the game, and all three of the Netherlands’ last matches have also seen over 2.5 goals.

Predicted Score: Belgium 2 - 1 Netherlands

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!