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24 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Belgium kick off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a match against Wales at their King Baudoin Stadium. 


The Red Devils are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play. 

Out-of-form Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard is sidelined with injury, and, in his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Man City ace Kevin de Bruyne, who is enjoying yet another successful season.

Inter attacker Romelu Lukaku is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. The Dragons, on the other hand, did well to qualify for the Euro 2021 finals. 

Gareth Bale has been producing fine displays with Tottenham of late, but Wales face an uphill task in their opener. 

Since Belgium are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Aaron Ramsey has been included despite concerns over his fitness.

Belgium vs Wales Head-to-head

Teams Belgium Wales played so far 5 matches.
Belgium won 1 direct matches. Wales won 2 matches. 2 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 1.80 goals per Match.

Belgium vs Wales Prediction

Belgium in actual season average scored 2.86 goals per match. In 20 (95.24%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 15 (71.43%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Wales average scored 1.19 goals per match in season 2021. In 6 (46.15%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (23.08%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Belgium thought they were going to be without leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku for this match following a coronavirus outbreak at Inter Milan, but he joined up with his teammates on Monday and should therefore be available to start.

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard is once again absent from the squad because of another injury, while Axel Witsel is also sidelined for the long term, forcing Martinez into a central midfield shuffle.

The Red Devils are blessed with depth pretty much in every position, none more so than in defence, where Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Jason Denayer are likely to get the nod in a back five.

As for Wales, they will once again be without Aaron Ramsey because of an injury sustained with club side Juventus last week.

The Dragons have picked up wins in Ramsey's absence in the recent past, though, and Page also now has the bonus of Joe Allen's return to the squad for the first time since 2019.

Wayne Hennessey picked up an injury for Wales in October that kept him out of action until last month, but he has proved his fitness for Crystal Palace Under-23s and should therefore be okay to start on Wednesday.

Gareth Bale is one of three Tottenham Hotspur players expected to feature for the visitors, along with defenders Joe Rodon and Ben Davies.

Belgium possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Chadli, Dendoncker, Tielemans, Hazard; Mertens, De Bruyne; Lukaku

Wales possible starting lineup:
Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies; Bale, Moore, James


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