Belgium vs. England Match preview
Belgium welcome England to Den Dreef for matchday five in League A Group 2 in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday.
The hosts are currently sitting at top of the group with nine points to show from four games. Belgium lost 2-1 to the visitors previously when they hosted them.
The three Lions are two points adrift of their opponents heading into this crucial game. Meanwhile, England are coming to the game with confidence after beating Ireland 3-1.
- Belgium have won seven, drawn once, and lost once in all competition.
- The Red Devils have registered two clean-sheets of nine in all competition
- England has registered a single clean-sheet in their last five matches in all competition.
- The Three Lions have won five, drawn once, and lost once in all competition.
- Belgium have won four of five home played matches in all competitions.
- England have defeated Belgium thrice.
Belgium vs. England Head to Head
In the last encounter between these teams, the outcome was 2-1; 11 October 2020 in favor of England. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the visitors before Marcus Rushford responded through penalty and Mason Mount sealed the win for the host.
In European Championship in the year-1980 these teams shared the point after playing 1-1 draw.
Belgium Team News
Belgium will turn back to their strong XI possible; this is after playing with inexperienced second-team Switzerland against, the likes of Thibaut Courtois may replace Simon Mignolet in post.
Veteran Dries Mertens is eyeing a start in place of the injured Yannick Carrasco.
Timothy Castagne misses out alongside Eden Hazard through injuries while Youri Tielemans is set to return to the midfield.
England Team News
Maguire and James both are serving their suspension following their red cards in the loss against Denmark. Southgate may not be able to call upon his first XI.
Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are on the treatment table nursing injury, and Southgate is further head-scratch in the heart of the defense with Conor Coady forced to self-isolate after his contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
Doubts arose over Rashford’s fitness heading into the international break and the Manchester United man is likely not to play part in this clash, but Southgate will look for changes.
Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, and Ben Chilwell are set to make their returns to the first XI, also Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane will come back in to occupy their usual spots in England’s lineup.
Belgium vs. England Prediction
These two European giants have piled up injuries concerns and COVID-19 positive test issues ahead of this clash, but both Martinez and Southgate will feel confident about putting out a starting XI capable of grabbing the points. Whichever team wins here will have one foot for next year’s finals, but while England managed to pick victory against Belgium at Wembley, we want to be certain the Three Lions team repeating the same on Sunday and expect Belgium to dash the Three Lions’ hopes of finishing top with a slight victory.
Goals – Over 2.5
These two teams have never been shy in front of the goal with Belgium producing six goals in their last three matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, England put three past Ireland in their recent friendly encounter.
We expect at least three goals to be produced in this match. Bet on over 2.5 markets and Betway is backing the outcome with 1.85 odds while 1XBet has odds of 1.975.
Nations League multi bets
Netherlands – Bosnia & Herzegovina
Tip: Netherlands win / Over 2.5
Italy – Poland
Tip: Italy win / Over 2.5
Austria – Northern Ireland
Tip: Austrian win
Slovakia – Scotland
Tip: Under 2.5
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