Belgium vs. Wales Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 22, 2022 20:45 CET
From Thursday to Tuesday, we will watch the decisive battles in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League. Belgium and Wales will meet in the fifth round of Group 4 in the A League, and the scene of the clash will be the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The start of the match is scheduled for 20:45.
This will be a duel between national teams that have the imperative to win. The Belgians must win if they want to qualify for the play-offs, and the Welsh if they want to avoid relegation to the B League.
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After a heavy defeat by the Netherlands 1-4 at the start of the UEFA Nations League in Brussels in June, the Belgian players won seven of a possible nine points. They showed that the bad display against the Dutch was just one bad evening.
Roberto Martinez’s team defeated Poland twice – 6-1 and 1-0, while they drew 1-1 with Wales in Cardiff. Leandro Trossard and Michy Batshuayi are Belgium’s top scorers in this competition, both scoring twice.
The Belgians are currently in second place with seven points, while the first-placed Dutch have 10. They will have to win both of their remaining two games if they want to qualify for the playoffs. If the Netherlands defeats Poland in this round, the Belgian footballers will have to be very convincing against the Dutch in the last round.
After defeating Ukraine in June’s World Cup playoff clash for the exit, the Welsh entered the UEFA Nations League matches without any pressure. Coach Rob Page assigned almost equal playing time to all players, so Wales won only one point in the first four rounds.
As guests, they were defeated by Poland 1-2 and Netherlands 2-3, and the Dutch defeated them in Cardiff 2-1. They won the only point against the Belgians 1-1.
The chances of Welsh players being part of the elite in the next edition of this competition are quite slim. Poland, which is in third place, has four points, so who will survive will probably be decided in the duel between these two national teams in the last round. This clash will be decisive assuming both Wales and Poland lose to Belgium and the Netherlands in the fifth round.
These two national teams were in the same group in the qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar. As hosts, the Belgians won 3-1, and there was no winner in Cardiff 1-1.
Belgium (3-4-3): Courtois; Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Boyata; Carrasco, Tielemans, Witsel, Castagne; Hazard, Batshuayi, De Bruyne
Wales (3-4-2-1): Hennessey; Davies, Rodon, Ampadu; Norrington-Davies, Smith, Morrell, Williams; Bale, James; Moore
We believe that the Belgians are a significantly better team than the Welsh at the moment. We firmly believe that they will prove it on the field and we expect their easy and convincing victory.
Prediction: Belgium -1.5