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European Qualifiers: Chris Coleman believes Wales will head to Belgium with plenty of confidence

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Chris Coleman insists Wales firmly believe they can pull off an upset in Belgium after making a flying start to the European Qualifiers.

Wales are currently sitting top of Group B with seven points from their opening three games, but they face their toughest fixture to date at the King Baudouin Stadium on Sunday evening.

Belgium have climbed into the top four of the FIFA world rankings and can call upon some of Europe’s top players, including Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

We need to get something from every game, to win our home games and to go to places like Belgium and get something.
Chris Coleman

In spite of the stern test ahead, Coleman feels his players must approach such games with confidence if they are going to qualify for the tournament.      


"We need to get something from every game, to win our home games and to go to places like Belgium and get something," he said.

"We know Belgium are the favourites but we put pressure on ourselves to get something there if we're going to do anything in the group. But I think it's a great pressure to have and the type of pressure you want.

"After four or five games in previous campaigns we've been out of the running. Then we come strong at the end of the campaign and everybody says we need to do this at the start of the next one.

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"We have this time. We've come out of the blocks, we've got a fighting spirit. We've got quality. We're top of the group and we're going to the team expected to win it."

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The hosts will be without defender Vincent Kompany, who has been ruled out with a calf injury, and Southampton’s Toby Alderweireld is likely to partner Nicolas Lombaerts in the back line.

Coleman watched Belgium’s 3-1 friendly win over Iceland on Wednesday and has played down the importance of the Manchester City skipper's absence.


"Kompany is a quality defender, probably one of the best central defenders on the planet," he said.

"He's a top captain also and would be a loss for anybody, but they've got bodies in there to make a change and be strong enough to give anybody a game.

"I haven't learned anything new from watching them because we know we're up against a very good team offensively.

"It's very challenging as they could have scored seven or eight goals, but they also could have conceded four or five.

"They're where they are in the rankings for a reason. They are a top team but there's no fear from us."

Gareth Bale was cleared to join the Wales squad after a buttock injury forced him to spend time on the sidelines in Spain.

Coleman admits the Real Madrid man will be difficult to contain if he finds his best form at the weekend.

"People talk about Bale and Hazard, they say Wales are a one-man team and if Hazard doesn't perform Belgium don't perform,” he said.

"I think Belgium have got quality in every position but they're not invincible. Can they stop 'Baley'? If they have a good day and 'Baley' has a bad day. But if 'Baley' has a good day. good luck."

Watch Wales take on Belgium from 5pm this Sunday live on Sky Sports 5 

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