Match Kick Off: Sunday 16th November 5.00pm
Stadium:King Baudouin, Brussels
How the Euro 2016 Group B currently looks:
Source: BBC Sport Tables
Our Belgium boys face the toughest task of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they take on top of the table Wales in their home stadium in Brussels. With a game in hand as the match against Israel was postponed for security purposes, Belgium currently sit 3rd in the group and desperate to take the top spot. On the flip side, a win for a Gareth Bale inspired Welsh team will mean that Wales could go 6 points clear of the group.
Belgium will be without captain Vincent Kompany who misses out with a calf injury he picked up in Belgium’s mid-week 3-1 win over Iceland. Vermaelen misses out with a thigh injury and Everton’s Kevin Mirallas cannot play due to a hamstring injury. For those who were desperate to see the Benteke/Lukaku partnership during the World Cup, the Aston Villa man is fit and expected to play a role in the game. Wales are without some of their regulars including: Jonny Williams, David Edwards, Simon Church, Adam Matthews and Sam Vokes while Andy King is suspended. However, key players including Gareth Bale, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey will be fit following injuries earlier this season.
Probably LineUp and Tactics: Stop Bale
One of hottest players in the world right now, stopping Gareth Bale will be key to victory. The Real Madrid star scored both goals in Wales’ opening Group B win against Andorra which ended 2-1. A hot match up will be between Eden Hazard and Bale and who will get the better of who. With Mirallas not playing, Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj is set to start and has been encouraged by Wilmots to cut inside rather than hub the wing like he does for Louis Van Gaal.
A big headache for Wilmots is who to play in their back four. Vertonghen and Alderweireld are already on the team sheet but with Vermaelen and Kompany out, the gaffer will be looking for second choices Vanden Borre at right back and Lombaerts at left back (who started and scored for Belgium against Iceland earlier this week) – putting Alderweireld is his less preferred centre back role.
There is also who to play up front with Benteke, Lukaku and Origi all capable of doing the job but we pick Origi to start over his recent form:
Wales haven’t beaten Belgium since 1993 so I like those odds! Here are Belgium vs Wales previous three meetings:
Belgium 1 (De Bruyne) Wales 1 (Ramsey), World Cup qualifying, October 2013
Wales 0 Belgium 2 (Kompany, Vertonghen), World Cup qualifying, September 2012
Belgium 3 (Staelens, Claessens, Wilmots) Wales 2 (Pembridge, Giggs), World Cup qualifying, October 1997
Belgium 2-1 Wales
Origi and Bale to get on the scoresheet.
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