Euro 2016: Christian Benteke not surprised by Wales start

Christian Benteke in action for Aston Villa against Tottenham
Christian Benteke scored Aston Villa's winner in April's 1-0 win away against Tottenham in the Premier League

Aston Villa's Belgium striker Christian Benteke says he is not surprised by Wales' start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Belgium lead Group B above second-placed Wales on goal difference.

Both sides are unbeaten halfway through the qualifiers and Benteke, 24, cannot call who will win the race to reach the finals in France.

"I think it's 50-50 [who wins Group B]," he said.

Benteke has scored nine goals in his last eight matches for Villa and is preparing to face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

He hopes he can carry that form into the clash against Wales in Cardiff on Friday 12 June, and the former Genk forward insists he is not surprised by Wales' strong start.

"No. We knew that Wales are a good team and now we have to deal with it and try to beat them," said Benteke.

"It's going to be a good game because we are both top of the group.

"So we're going to fight to stay there."

Christian Benteke played in Belgium's 0-0 draw with Wales in November 2014
Christian Benteke played in Belgium's 0-0 draw with Wales in November 2014

While Belgium will look to Benteke for goals, Wales will turn to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.

The former Tottenham player scored twice as Wales beat Israel 3-0 away in their last qualifier.

But Benteke says Chris Coleman's side are far from a one-man team.

"They are a good team, of course one star is Gareth Bale, but I don't think he's alone because without his team-mates he can't score," he said.

"I think [Swansea City's Ashley Williams] he's a tough defender and a good player, so it's not just about one player, they have a good team."

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