Belgium will be looking to return to Group E’s winning ways when they continue their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign at home against Belarus. The match schedules for Tuesday night at Donatas Rumsas, Lithuania, with a kickoff at 9:45 pm.
Roberto Martinez’s men currently sit second on the division after playing out a 1-1 draw to the Czech Republic on Saturday. On the other hand, Belarus enter this match on the back of a 4-2 victory over Estonia.
Belgium saw their five-match unbeaten run in the competition to an end on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw away to the Czech Republic. The hosts took an early lead, and it had to take the effort of Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku to equalize.
The Group E opening match for the hosts started with a 3-1 win over Wales and a return of four points from two matches that leaves the side behind the Czech Republic when it comes to goal difference.
The Red Devils hold the advantage to pull off a first-time win against Belarus in their first encounter. The side returns to action till June 6, when they face off against Croatia in a friendly, before opening their Euro 2020 campaign against Russia.
The first game for Belarus in Group E ended with a 4-2 loss to Estonia. The White Wings have not made it to the World Cup since their independence.
Belgium vs Belarus Head to Head
Both sides have yet to face each other in their past. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium
Belgium 3-1 Wales
Belgium 4-2 Denmark
Iceland 1-2 Belgium
Belgium 2-0 England
Belarus 4-2 Estonia
Belarus 1-1 Honduras
Albania 3-2 Belarus
Romania 5-3 Belarus
Belarus 2-0 Kazakhstan
Belgium Team News
Despite the heavy pressure coming from their previous encounter, Martinez will make minimal changes to the starting XI. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku set to retain their positions in the lineup. It gives a chance for Thomas Foket and Leandro Trossard into the squad while Adnan Janujaz is pushing for a recall.
Belarus Team News
There are no fresh injury concerns following their last encounter with Estonia, but we expect some changes. Syarhey Kislyak and Pavel Savitski both making good impressions after coming off the bench.
Prediction and Odds
Belarus can make it difficult for the home opponents to easily pick up the three points, but it takes more than that.
Goals Under 2.5
No Score: Away Team