England and Belgium finally are facing off again this weekend on match day three of UEFA Nations League A Group 2. Both teams last were involved in the same group in World Cup 2018 plus met once more in the play-off for third place. Those last encounters in Russia were eventually not in decisive ones and the results were in favour of De Rode Duivels. Such terrible loss shall never recur this time especially when the match takes place in Wembley. A victory is necessary for The Three Lions to put an end to Belgium’s positive trend.
Both teams’ previous games
Harry Kane and Co have had clean sheets so far but their attacking quality has been utterly disappointing. They only managed to score one through a late penalty in two games. In the previous fixture, they could only muster a goalless draw against Denmark on the road.
On the contrary, Roberto Martinez’s men have scored seven goals and only conceded one in two games. Previously, they smashed Iceland 5-1 at home. Despite being one goal behind as Holmert Fridjonsson netted an opener, they quickly responded through Axel Witsel’s, Dries Merten’s and Jeremy Doku’s goal plus Mitchy Batsuayi’s brace.
Gareth Southgate has been in favour of 4-3-3 lately. Yet, considering their last two outings, he is in need of new tactical approach. Deploying 4-3-1-2 should work to stun Belgium’s solid defence. Harry Kane will not be alone as the targetman. In fact, he could drag the opponent’s defence line out of their post and create space for his duet who excels at pace and finish to score instead of relying on himself. Thus, Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho are the best choice for such role. They will be supported by Jack Grealish as the number 10.
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has been employing various formations. He can deploy 4-3-3, 3-4-2-1, 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1. Romelu Lukaku will still be the main forward with Eden Hazard and Dries Merten behind him to deliver crosses or through balls. In the midfield, Kevin de Bruyne will be the anchorman to initiate their attack.
Players to watch
Apart from Harry Kane who has made 47 appearances and registered 32 goals so far, England has more vital figures, potential star players and talented youngsters in the squad. Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is one of them. Some other notable ones are Declan Rice, Trent Alexander-Arnold and also the goalie Jordan Pickford.
Belgium’s key men are still not far from Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens, especially when injuries have derailed Eden Hazard’s form in Madrid. Some other important young names who will be ready to take the armband from those seniors are Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castagne and Alexis Saelmaekers.
England vs Belgium prediction
Gareth Southagate’s men are aiming for revenge as well as improvement on their form here in Wembley. It would be a perfect result to thump Belgium, which is literally the number one team in the latest FIFA ranks. Nevertheless, such mission will definitely be harder than it may seem. A draw seems to be a more reasonable outcome here.
It is an exciting tight clash in which none is the favourite. Thee punters back Belgium to win at 2.75. The draw result is at the value of 3.40, whereas England is priced to win at 2.60