Place: Stade Roi Baudouin. Brussels.
Date: on the 12th of October, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 19:45 p.m. (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Nations League.
Despite a devastating victory in Iceland (3:0), the Red Devils do not head the group of the Nations League now. The Swisses, future rivals, have destroyed Northerners with even more impressive advantage (6:0).
The coach Roberto Martínez did not call Kevin De Bruyne who has just recovered from his injury and is now training in the main group of Manchester City. But there are brothers Hazard who together with Lukaku were great in September matches.
Thierry Henry is going to move to Monaco instead of Leonardo Jardim and therefore there are backgrounds to the fact that the assistant of the head coach of the national team of Belgium won’t be focused on his duties.
In the first match after well spent World Cup Vladimir Petković ‘s team has demonstrated good results. Practically all football players of attacking group have scored into the gate of Icelanders that led to a devastating score (6:0).
In the first match of the Nations League group the Red Crosses showed surprising efficiency of the attempts to score. Nearly 50% of shots reached the target; two thirds from them became productive.
Several days later after triumphal start in UNL Swisses lost to England (0:1) a friendly match. The truth is that not the brightest match became the consequence of the reserve squad of the Red Crosses.
Head-to-heads of Belgium vs. Switzerland
During the period from the 60th and up to the 90th these national teams have met 3 times in qualifications to continental and world championship. Twice the Red Devils were stronger, once the Red Crosses won both head-to-heads but still Switzerland went to the FIFA World Cup in Chile as the team has spent better matches. The freshest match and the only one in modern history took place in May, 2016 prior to the Euro. The victory in that sparring was won by Belgium (2:1) thanks to Lukaku and De Bruyne’s goals.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Belgium vs. Switzerland
Belgium to win – 1.47
Draw – 4.80;
Switzerland to win – 6.80
Switzerland is famous for the ability to organize defense and in conditions when it is necessary to resist to the brilliant attack, feels as if fish in water. In the World Cup Petković’s team has already demonstrated their skills in respect of defense in a match with Brazil and we do not think that Belgium without De Bruyne will be able to think up something more sophisticated. At the same time the Red Crosses will be ready to play 0:0, meanwhile this score suits them from the strategic point of view.