Belgium go head to head with rivals England at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels for a crucial Group A2 match in the UEFA Nations League.
Belgium’s consistency since the 2018 World Cup has seen them steadily rising to the top of the FIFA rankings. They will be looking to cement their stranglehold of the group when they host the Three Lions who they lost to when they last faced off at the Wembley Stadium. Despite that loss, the Red Lions still top the section with 9 points, with Denmark and England following suit, two points adrift.
They bounced back from the 2-1 loss to England with a couple of 2-1 wins of their own, first away at Iceland and in the friendly win over Switzerland on Wednesday.
Roberto Martinez will be feeling confident going into this match. He will have both de Bruyne and Eden Hazard for this game after the pair missed out last time due to injury.
England have been far from impressive in their Nations League campaign this year. They needed an injury-time penalty to beat Iceland, barely beat Denmark and only got a point in their two matches against Denmark, the last of which was an embarrassing 1-0 loss at Wembley in their last Nations League assignment. They are tied on 7 points with the Danes but trail them on goal difference.
Gareth Southgate has had to deal with issues on and off the pitch surrounding the England team. He is facing a lot of criticism over his squad selections for recent matches, particularly his preference for Mason Mount over Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish who is having a better season in the EPL thus far and earned rave reviews on his debut for England in a 3-0 friendly win over Wales last month.
They come into this off an impressive 3-0 win over Ireland in a friendly played on Thursday with goals from Maguire (who is suspended for this game), Sancho and Everton star Calvert-Lewin.
Recent matches between these two teams have been tight and low scoring affairs. The last time they met at Wembley however, they went for each other’s jugular and we don’t see this one being any different. The winner of this match will be in prime position to win the group and get a chance to advance from the group. With the caliber of forwards on either side, we certainly fancy both teams to score again here @ 1.77 with Meltbet for our first betting prediction for this clash.
Going back to the Wembley meeting, although England won, the Red Devils were very much in it despite playing without some of their star players like midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne. He will return to the starting lineup alongside Hazard. England are a bit short in midfield and that’s probably the one area the Belgians excel in. With De Bruyne pulling the strings from midfield, Belgium become a different beast altogether and we are backing them to pick up the win here @ 2.40 with Meltbet as our final prediction.
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