Wales vs. Belgium Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Group E leaders Belgium travel to Wales for their last clash from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Roberto Martinez’s have already secured their qualification, while the Dragons are in the fight for second place alongside the Czech Republic in what promises to be an intriguing final round.

Where and when: Cardiff City Stadium – 16 November, kick-off 19:45

Where you can see Wales vs. Belgium: Sky Sports

Last time: Harry Wilson’s opener wasn’t enough for Wales, as Belgium earned a 3-1 victory against the Dragons back in March. Thorgan Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku scored the goals for the Red Dynamite in Leuven.

Wales v Belgium Predictions and Preview

There will be little pressure on Belgium on Tuesday, when Roberto Martinez’s side visit Wales for their final game in Group E from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Red Devils have already won the group after winning five of their first six games and drawing only away to the Czech Republic.

Romelu Lukaku is injured and wasn’t called up, so Martinez might be tempted to tinker with his starting XI. Veteran Dries Mertens is once again available after a prolonged absence, but the Napoli talisman will compete with the likes of Divock Origi and Christian Benteke for one place in attack.

Belgium beat Wales 3-1 in the first clash in the group in what was a revenge for the 3-1 defeat that the Devils suffered at Euro 2016. In fact, the 3-1 win in March is Belgium’s only win over Wales in their last five meetings. Three draws and a loss during that stretch prove that Wayne Pivac’s men are more than capable of holding their own against the Reds.

Wales need to win at all costs, as they are in a dog fight for the second spot in the group with the Czech Republic, who are expected to beat Estonia at home. The return of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale is a huge boast for the hosts’ chances, as the duo have always been decisive, despite their lack of minutes for their clubs.

Expect the hosts to be aggressive from the first signal, but although they have the quality, the outcome of the game could depend on Roberto Martinez’s choices in the starting XI. If Belgium field a weaker side and considering the absence of Lukaku, Wales can easily win this one and earn qualification.

However, if the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazarad play from the start and are on their usual level, the visitors might just have too much of quality for a strong, but rather limited Wales side.

One to watch for Wales: When fit, Gareth Bale is undoubtedly the player to watch for the Dragons. The 32-year-old has barely featured for Real Madrid since the start of the campaign, but he can make all the difference for his country and is always one to watch in the first scorer market.

One to watch for Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne has only managed two appearances for Belgium during this qualifying campaign. The Manchester City star has one goal to his name, but he’ll have to step up, especially with Romelu Lukaku being injured, so expect the 30-year-old to take more shots be even more direct in his approach than usual.

Long shot: Wales are undefeated at home in the group so far, so considering that Belgium will be without Lukaku a 1-1 draw might be on the cards. The hosts will aim to win at all cost, but that might be hard to get against a superior Belgium side. If you are looking for even bigger odds you can add Gareth Bale as the first scorer to the 1-1 scorecast selection.

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