Belgium has a golden chance to execute revenge against Wales when they kick off their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign. The match schedules for Wednesday at the Den Dreef in Leuven, with a kickoff at 10:45 pm.
The Red Devils currently top the UEFA list of best-ranked teams, but they have previously failed to beat Group E opponents Wales in their recent encounter.
The highest-profile of these recent meetings between the two sides came at the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016, a game in which Wales won 3-1 to stun the world. Wales also posted another defeat to Belgium on home soil in the qualifying campaign. The reverse fixture saw the side held to a draw in the reverse fixture.
The Dragons are unbeaten in four against Belgium and enter the clash with their latest tussle. This is after the side went 11 consecutive games without a defeat. After securing a spot in the Euro 2020, Wales followed up with an unbeaten Nations League campaign that promoted the top-tier groups.
The Dragons remain without boss Ryan Giggs for their last few games and will be at least for their next three, as he remains under investigation due to an assault allegation. Ron Page stepped up in November to guide his side for wins against the Republic of Ireland and Finland. It follows a goalless draw against the USA.
Belgium vs. Wales Head to Head
Both sides have five games against each other, with Belgium taking home one win while Wales with two wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Belgium 4-2 Denmark
Belgium 2-0 England
Belgium 1-0 Switzerland
Iceland 1-2 Belgium
England 2-1 Belgium
Wales 3-1 Finland
Wales 1-0 Ireland
Bulgaria 1-0 Wales
Ireland 0-0 Wales
England 3-0 Wales
Belgium Team News
There were earlier fears that leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku will miss out due to a coronavirus outbreak. However, he joined up with his teammates on Monday and is available for selection. Eden Hazard is unavailable for selection due to another injury. Axel Witsel remains sidelined with a long-term injury.
Wales Team News
Aaron Ramsey withdrew from the squad after picking up an injury during training. However, a major boost for the side is Joe Allen’s availability, who returns to the squad for the first time since 2019. Gareth Bale expects to return to the starting XI.
Prediction and Odds
Wales has a great record against their opponents while entering the match on an 11 unbeaten match streak.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5