England’s 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign continues this Sunday when the Three Lions welcome Group A2 leaders Belgium to Wembley.
England’s 3-0 win over Wales in their midweek friendly was a welcome relief from their far from impressive performances in their two opening group matches of this competition. It took an injury-time penalty from Raheem Sterling to beat Iceland in Reykjavik. Even then, the hosts had a penalty of their own after this, which they missed. The followed this up with an even worse display in the goalless draw at Denmark, where they could only muster a couple of shots on goal.
Gareth Southgate, as expected has come under a cloud of criticism and he will have to dig deep in his bag to silence the critics against the team currently ranked number one in the world.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has made a sizzling start for his team in the Premier League this season justified his call up to the national team with the first goal in that midweek win in the friendly against Wales.
Belgium have had no such issues like the ones facing England. After winning all ten of their Euro 2021 qualification games, they wasted no time beating Denmark 2-0 and whopping Iceland 5-1 at home to go top of the group. That made it 12 wins in 12 matches, a span in which they scored 47 goals while conceding only four. It is no wonder they are top of the world in the latest FIFA rankings.
They will be hoping to continue their winning ways against this England team who they beat twice in the 2018 World Cup – during the group stage and in the third-place playoff.
Roberto Martinez fielded a largely second-tier team against Ivory in their midweek friendly and they still managed a 1-1 draw. He will certainly have the big guns back for this game including top scorer Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Martins who has scored in his last two appearances for the Red Devils.
Belgium are on a terrific run. They haven’t lost a game since November 2018 and are one of the most exciting teams to watch with their beautiful brand of attacking football which complements the wealth of talented forwards. England are struggling to replicate their form from a couple of years back and have been hampered by off-the-pitch distractions involving some of the team members. They looked ok against Wales in midweek but Belgium represents a very different challenge. We fancy Belgium to get the win here, but we are inclined to play it safe and we are backing them on the Double Chance @ 1.50 with 1xBet as our first betting tip.
Games between these two teams have had a tendency of being tight and tense. Both of these teams have been solid on the defensive end in their opening two group matches and this stellar defensive stand is likely to be exhibited in this game. While we expect Belgium to get something out of this game, we don’t anticipate fireworks in the game. For our final tip, we are therefore going for Belgium to Not Lose and Under 4.5 goals @ 1.65 with 1xBet betting app.
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