Euro 2016: Belgium's 'golden' generation to beat Wales - Albert

Belgium team that played Iceland
Belgium have four points from two games following a win against Andorra and a draw with Bosnia-Hercegovina
Euro 2016 qualifying: Belgium v Wales
Venue: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels Date: Sunday, 16 November Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru & online

Wales will be facing the best Belgium team of all time in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday, according to former international Philippe Albert.

The ex-Newcastle defender says Marc Wilmots' squad is a golden generation and will probably win Group B.

Wales top the group after three matches, but Albert expects Belgium's quality to win out.

"It will be very difficult because Wales have some quality players, but Belgium are the favourites," he said.

"We had a good generation about 25 years ago, but this one is the golden one.

"It's the best ever because technically we are very talented, tactically well organised [and] very strong at the back . . . and it's a real pleasure to watch the national team at the moment.

"I'm proud again to be Belgian."

Wales' remaining Euro 2016 qualifiers
16 Nov 2014: Belgium (a)6 Sep 2015: Israel (h)
28 Mar 2015: Israel (a)10 Oct 2015: Bosnia-Hercegovina (a)
12 Jun 2015: Belgium (h)13 Oct 2015: Andorra (h)
3 Sep 2015: Cyprus (a)

Wales have seven points after wins over Andorra and Cyprus and a draw with Bosnia.

Belgium have played one game fewer after their first fixture against Israel was postponed.

Like Wales they drew with Bosnia, but thrashed Andorra 6-0.

Belgium will be without their captain Vincent Kompany for the game in Brussels on Sunday, 16 November, but Albert believes they still have enough quality to deal with the Welsh threat.

"It's an open game because Wales are doing very well, they have players like [Gareth] Bale or [Aaron] Ramsey who can make the difference," he added.

"You have to have respect for your opposition but as a football player if you fear someone you can't play, so [there is] a lot of respect for Gareth Bale.

"He's a fantastic player but I think tactically Wilmots will have a solution to get him out of the game.

"I expect Belgium to win - in football you never know, and what Chris Coleman is doing is fantastic and if Wales can qualify with Belgium I will be delighted because I had a chance to play alongside Chris during my period at Fulham and he's a terrific guy.

"Yes they [Wales] can qualify, they are five points ahead of Bosnia who are not doing very well.

"Belgium will probably top the group but for second place Wales are not far away."

*Hear more from Philippe Albert on Sport Wales this Friday from 19:00 GMT on BBC TWO Wales and the iPlayer.

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