A crunch clash in Group A2 of the Nations League sees Belgium host England at Den Dreef on Sunday night. The Three Lions recorded an excellent victory over the Three Lions only a month ago, but can they repeat those heroics after throwing away their advantage last time out?
Where and when: Den Dreef – 15 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Belgium vs. England: Sky Sports
Last time: England came from behind to beat Belgium 2-1 at Wembley in October, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount guiding Gareth Southgate’s side to victory.
Belgium v England Predictions and Preview
England did all the hard work against Belgium last month, before shooting themselves in the foot by losing at home to Denmark three days later. It’s going to be a very tough ask for the Three Lions to pick up the win they surely need this weekend to reach the Nations League finals for the second time in succession.
Southgate’s players were well below par in that 1-0 defeat to Denmark, which following Belgium’s 2-1 win in Iceland, leaves England two points behind their hosts on Sunday with only two games remaining. That defeat at Wembley is the only match Roberto Martinez’s side have failed to win so far, with the Belgians one of only two teams to have reached double figures in goals scored after their opening four matches.
Last month’s meeting aside, the home team have enjoyed success against England in recent years, beating them twice at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Red Devils are 29/20 to gain swift revenge over the Three Lions by taking a decisive victory in these Belgium v England predictions. That would likely leave the Belgians needing only a draw from their final game against Iceland next Wednesday.
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Belgium to win and BTTS
Belgium to win 2-1
Lukaku to score first
A draw in this game is priced at 12/5, and that would still probably be enough for Belgium to win the group with another stalemate against Iceland, who are without a win after their opening four Group A2 fixtures. It would mean England have virtually no chance of reaching the finals. Only a win will do for the Three Lions, and they are 11/5 to get it.
Southgate will have to do without Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez in this game, with the Liverpool duo both facing injury lay-offs. Unlike Phil Foden, Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood hasn’t done enough to force his way back into the England squad following last month’s indiscretions in Reykjavik.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jack Grealish get another chance in the setup after impressing in recent weeks, while Harry Kane captains the visitors. Belgium, meanwhile, will be without their captain after Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard tested positive for coronavirus, with Kevin De Bruyne set to take the armband.
One to watch for Belgium: Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring against England last month and is 9/2 to do the same in the return.
One to watch for England: You can’t keep Marcus Rashford out of the headlines at the moment for all the right reasons, with the remarkable 23-year-old 15/2 to break the deadlock.