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11 Oct 13 11:17
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Expected lineups: Croatia: Pletikosa; Srna, Lovren, Corluka, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric, Kovacic; Eduardo, Mandzukic, Olic.

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Lombaerts; Witsel, Fellaini, Defour; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard.

Get the feeling this will be a cagey affair, will be watching this game with interest, but I expect Croatia to throw everything at Belgium to have 1 more shot at getting top spot. Draw will be good result for Belgium as they qualify for World Cup. 3.15 for a team that doesn't need to win to qualify represents a great bet to me.
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Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 12:20 PM BST
3.15 to LAY that is
Report johnn October 11, 2013 12:23 PM BST
Croatia were stinking against Scotland, and Belgium were decent.
Report The Dragon October 11, 2013 12:24 PM BST
see my thread re tonights matches west coast, i think belgium will win this for tghe reasond outlined
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 12:26 PM BST
ok dragon
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 12:27 PM BST
losing Vincent Kompany in defence and Benetke are big losses for me for Belgium. But gotta give it to Belgium, they are going through a bit of a 'golden era' with the calibre of players playing for top clubs
Report The Dragon October 11, 2013 12:29 PM BST
shd be a good game
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 12:31 PM BST

Oct 11, 2013 -- 6:29AM, The Dragon wrote:


shd be a good game


Im a bit wary of backing teams that 'dont need to win', in this case Belgium. Ive seen it time and time in Champions League, 2 legged ties, where the first leg, the team has won by a big margin. Id price Belgium above 3/1 playing away from home

Report The Dragon October 11, 2013 12:36 PM BST
as i said in post playing for a draw is a vey dangerous strategy and could easily backfire given the quality of the team and croatias poor home form i beleive the away win is definastley on -so do the bookies hence the price
Report CJ70 October 11, 2013 12:40 PM BST
Even if Belgium lose today they only need a point at home to Wales to top the group as long as the Croats don't thump the Scots.
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 12:43 PM BST
But i think Croatia know they only have a 5% so likelihood of getting top spot..........i think possibly watch first 15-20 minutes and get a feel for the game
Report donny osmond October 11, 2013 12:50 PM BST
belguim is a funny team to call an away side as their players are scattered far and wide so home ties are more or less away ties too
Report The Dragon October 11, 2013 12:52 PM BST
if you take that logic you could equally argue that croatia know top spot is cooked for them so the play offs look nailed on with their 17pt tally so far,

having the play offs in mind could distract them tonight.

not saying it will but its a similiar arguement to the belgians playing for a draw i think both teams will go for the win
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 1:08 PM BST
My estimate of 5% is slightly overs, Percentage Belgium top spot 1.02 (98.03% ) v Croatia 34 (2.94%)
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 1:08 PM BST
dont Ive always followed the motto 'play it 1 game at a time' before looking at games ahead
Report The Dragon October 11, 2013 1:11 PM BST
good motto to have wc lets see whose made the correct call tonight
Report ocukstinky October 11, 2013 1:13 PM BST
Draw for me, agree that Kompany and Benteke are big losses for Belgium. Still a good side but Croatia probably aren't good enough to win it and Belgium don't NEED to but would probably want to. 1-1.
Report Geesyerdosh October 11, 2013 1:36 PM BST
I'd like to say it was cos Scotland were great but Croatia were terrible against us. Barely created a clear cut chance. Belgium could of hit us for 7 or 8 in Belgium and beat us at a canter at Hampden.

If you knew Belgium were going out with an attitude to win 3.15 would look big but as they don't need to its a no bet for me. But I wouldn't be laying Belgium in a million years.
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:10 PM BST
and we're underway, just back from the nightclub
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:16 PM BST
Croatia the better team early here
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:17 PM BST
GOAL
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:17 PM BST
BELGIUM
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:17 PM BST
Lukaku
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:17 PM BST
Croatia 0-1 Belgium
Report MysticMug October 11, 2013 5:18 PM BST
Slopy pass there set Belgium up
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:19 PM BST
How did Chelsea let of this gun player? Making them eat their words now
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:21 PM BST
Howard Webb the referee
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:22 PM BST
Belgium not sitting on the lead here..........
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:25 PM BST
raining in Zagreb
Report Srichaphan or Ancic? October 11, 2013 5:28 PM BST
Belgium are apparently being touted as World Cup winners in Brazil.
Report leathal weapon October 11, 2013 5:30 PM BST
Is this on sky folks?
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:30 PM BST
5th favourites behind Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:31 PM BST
Belgium going through a golden era at the moment with the players they are producing
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:31 PM BST
Felliani header was sharp there.........goalkeeper sharp
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:32 PM BST
on b 365 live streaming
Report leathal weapon October 11, 2013 5:33 PM BST
thanks bud
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:34 PM BST
Yellow Card - Mario Mandzukic
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:34 PM BST
rightly so as well
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:40 PM BST
GOAL
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:40 PM BST
LUKAKU
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:40 PM BST
GOAL
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:40 PM BST
Croatia 0-2 Belgium
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:40 PM BST
Lukaku with a brace
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:43 PM BST
Yellow Card- Vrasjko
Report McNulty October 11, 2013 5:43 PM BST
The more I see Lukaku the more baffling Chelsea loaning him out seems
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:48 PM BST
2 minutes injury time
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:48 PM BST
Yellow Card - Corluka
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 5:50 PM BST
HALF TIME: Croatia 0-2 Belgium
Report brendanuk1 October 11, 2013 6:00 PM BST
Lukaku usually looks tired second half, hope he gets his hatrick
Report Coachbuster October 11, 2013 6:15 PM BST
Belgium simply too good Cool
Report brendanuk1 October 11, 2013 6:19 PM BST
Croatia no end product
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:21 PM BST
Yellow Card- Felliani
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:44 PM BST
GOAL CROATIA
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:44 PM BST
Niko Kranjcar
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:48 PM BST
Yellow Card- Luka Modric
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:51 PM BST
4 minutes injury time
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:55 PM BST
Belgium officially qualify for the 2014 World Cup
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:56 PM BST
FT: Croatia 1-2 Belgium
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:56 PM BST
Croatia will settle for the playoff spot
Report Geesyerdosh October 11, 2013 6:57 PM BST
If inexperience doesn't get the better of them Belgium can be a match for anyone in the world
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 6:59 PM BST
Belgium now 5th favourites for the 2014 World Cup, as a team they seem to be clicking. But Id still rate a Netherlands, France above them still ...........
Report brendanuk1 October 11, 2013 7:00 PM BST
France?Plain why?
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 7:03 PM BST
I just like the way they play, they always seem to do well on the big stage for some reason eg 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, 2010 World Cup (made final)
Report West Coast Eagles October 11, 2013 7:06 PM BST
Nasri, Ribery, Benzema, Clichy, Adibal, Girioud, Remy, Matuidi, Varane. France have got depth , provided they get through the playoff, i think they can do well. The top 5-6 European teams can get beat each other on their day (Germany, Holland, Spain, Belgium, France and Italy)
Report MysticMug October 11, 2013 7:08 PM BST
France are a good team on  paper but don't play very well together at all imo, I'd rate Belgium above them atm
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