The harsh reality from an Irish perspective going into this game is that whilst Belgium possess players of the highest quality in every department, the Republic of Ireland can offer little more than endeavour and team spirit. That’s often sufficient in Dublin, but they might need something more than that on foreign soil against a team of Belgium’s calibre.
Previous games between these two teams have had a tendency to be tight, but Belgium has never really had a team comparable to the one they have now, whereas for this European Championship, it isn’t a particularly strong looking Ireland squad although bookmakers are offering high odds on Euro 2016 betting offers.
The Belgium v Republic of Ireland betting odds will make Belgium warm favourites and quite rightly so. The quality in the Belgium ranks is vastly superior to that available to Martin O’Neill. Where Ireland can more than match Belgium is in terms of work-rate and team spirit. That isn’t going to be enough if Belgium play to the level they are capable of though.
A number of Belgium players haven’t had the best of seasons at club level, with Eden Hazard (who may well fill in for the injured Vincent Kompany as captain) being a case in point. Even so, they are not the number one team in FIFA’s European rankings for nothing (as dubious as those rankings can be at times).
The majority of Belgium v Republic of Ireland free bets here are likely to be placed on Belgium winning this match in some form and they may even be worth taking on the Asian Handicap. If they play to their potential, they may well be a couple of goals stronger than Ireland.