Group 2 leaders Belgium visit England on Matchday 3 of this season’s Nations League tournament. The Red Devils have gained maximum points from their first two matches, while Gareth Southgate’s troops laboured to a win over Iceland and drew with Denmark in September. Belgium are currently top of the FIFA World Rankings ahead of Brazil and France.
Where and when: Wembley Stadium, London – 11 October, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see England vs. Belgium: Sky Sports Football
Last time: Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard netted in the third-place play-off in Russia.
England v Belgium Predictions and Preview
Southgate has a welcome selection dilemma with returning faces and new additions pushing for starts. Nick Pope and Dean Henderson are battling it out with current number one Jordan Pickford and the Burnley stopper is in line to stake a claim for the jersey.
The Three Lions are rumoured to be moving back to the 3-5-2 that served Southgate so well early in his tenure with Harry Maguire, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Michael Keane and Joe Gomez jostling for roles.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Marcus Rashford to score first||5/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Belgium to win 2-1||10/1||Offer|
The Manchester United skipper has not started the domestic term well and came under intense scrutiny for his display against compatriot Harry Kane last weekend. Maguire has real competition at international level, with Dier returning to a defensive role and Coady a specialist in a three but has not let England down and will feature from the opening whistle.
In the absence of Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice will sit in front of the backline with Mason Mount and James Ward-Prowse. Mount has not seen his game time suffer following the arrivals of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and is 10/3 to strike anytime.
Kane has been in sparkling form for Tottenham and is 7/2 to open proceedings. The Three Lions skipper has eight goals and six assists from just seven appearances and is destined to eclipse Wayne Rooney as England’s record scorer. The hosts are 17/10 to claim the spoils and a draw is 9/4.
Roberto Martinez announced a star-studded squad for the showdowns with The Three Lions, Ivory Coast and Iceland. Eden Hazard will turn out despite Real Madrid advising the playmaker to fully recover over the international break. The former Chelsea fan favourite is an attractive 7/1 to register first, while Romelu Lukaku is 24/5 in the same betting. Dries Mertens is 13/5 to notch anytime and The Red Devils are 8/5 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for England: Jadon Sancho is back on English soil but will not be heading to Manchester United after the triple header. It was well documented the speedster was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main target but the 20-time champions failed to come to an agreement with Borussia Dortmund and Sancho, who is 17/2 to notch last, can now put the saga behind him.
One to watch for Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne is the pick of the players on show and has racked up astonishing numbers during his time at Manchester City. The Blues talisman is 9/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Lukaku, Kane, Mertens and Sancho are ably supported by the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings, Michy Batshuayi and Divock Origi and it will be a long 90 minutes for both defences. Belgium have been prolific under Martinez, hitting 40 goals in 10 fixtures in 2019 and the tie has all the makings of a classic. A 2-2 outcome is 14/1.