Belgium take on the visitors Wales in the round 5 match of UEFA Nations League (League A). The match will be played on Thursday, September 22nd at King Baudouin Stadium (Brusel).
Belgium are considered one of the strongest in Europe and the world. But at the same time, problems began to appear. They defense is traditionally not among the strongest, and the leaders begin to pass the peak. Suffice it to recall how weak Eden Hazard looked at the Euro, where the team flew out already in the quarterfinals. In the summer, in the League of Nations, it was not possible to assemble the optimal roster, and the results were not encouraging. Standing apart are 1-4 at home with the Dutch. Yes, and with Wales on the road, they lost points, but they beat the Poles twice (at home and completely destroyed them on the road – 6-1). Chances to get ahead of the Netherlands remain, everything can be decided in a head-to-head meeting in the last round. But before that, they need to take the maximum with a simpler opponent.
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Wales national team consistently achieves results that are clearly higher than one would expect from a team that plays under the leadership of "acting" coach - after all, it was not Page, but Giggs, who was appointed, but Ryan's unsportsmanlike "exploits" prevent him from working. Their best players have long passed the peak, Ramsey is not at all in the clip, and Bale has been playing in MLS since the summer. At the same time, the Welsh again left the group for the Euro, won the right to play in Division A in the League of Nations. And, most importantly, having achieved the result with Austria and Ukraine, they made their way to the World Cup - before that there was only one appearnce, in 1958! It is clear that they were preparing for this, and then they celebrated it, leaving no energy and attention to the summer matches of the League of Nations. Therefore, they lost to Poland and the Netherlands (the latter - twice). On the other hand, with strong Belgium in June they played 1-1 in Cardiff.
For 7 last head-to-head matches, Belgium was able to win only once, last year as part of the qualification. Wales took 2 wins in this stretch, including at Euro 2016, when the Welsh took a sensational 3-1 win in the quarter-finals. Bookmakers are not waiting for intrigue - at home, Belgium must take a victory. And not the minimum - you should use the option with a handicap of "-1.5 goals" for your bet.
Prediction for the match: Belgium to win with -1.5 handicap.