Belgium vs Estonia Match Analysis & Prediction
12/09/2023 9:45 pm
Following a nervy victory at the weekend that saw them seize top spot in Group F, Belgium aim to put one foot in the Euro 2024 finals by beating Estonia at Stade Roi Baudouin on Tuesday night.
A win would assure at least a four-point cushion to third-placed Sweden in the group standings, with just three matches left to play before the qualifying campaign concludes in November.
Only a lucky goal from Yannick Carrasco separated the sides in Belgium’s 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Saturday, but that was still enough to move Domenico Tedesco’s side above former leaders Austria to the top of Group F.
With 10 points from four matches, the Red Devils are certainly on course for a guaranteed ticket to Germany next summer, as they join Austria in leading third-placed Sweden by four points at the halfway stage.
Belgium can further cement their spot in Group F’s top two by doing the double over Estonia, after a goal from Johan Bakayoko and Romelu Lukaku’s brace secured them a 3-0 victory in Tallinn at the end of last season.
Following their home defeat to Belgium and a more close-fought 2-1 loss in Austria, Estonia suffered their third Group F reverse on Saturday, and in quite a humbling manner.
Having picked up just one point from their first three matches, Estonia sat second-bottom of the group – only avoiding last place by virtue of a superior goal difference to Azerbaijan – and events in Tallinn left them reeling.
Estonia – who were only denied by two late Austrian goals and also led Azerbaijan until the final half-hour of a 1-1 draw – found themselves picked apart by Sweden’s vibrant attack, as a three-goal deficit at halftime became a 5-0 thrashing by the final whistle.
Belgium vs. Estonia Head to head
In the nine previous meetings between these two teams, Belgium have claimed nine victories while Estonia have won one. Estonia have scored eight goals and conceded 27 in the process.
13/11/2016Belgium8Estonia1UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
09/06/2017Estonia0Belgium2UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
02/09/2021Estonia2Belgium5UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
13/11/2021Belgium3Estonia1UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
Belgium Team News
While Belgium are without first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and playmaker Kevin De Bruyne due to injury, Jeremy Doku is among several players with fewer than 20 caps selected by Tedesco this month.
While vice-captain Lukaku joins skipper Jan Vertonghen in the 100-cap club, less experienced men like Bakayoko and Arthur Theate also started in Azerbaijan and should feature again on Tuesday.
Belgium's Last 5 Matches
Estonia Team News
Having scored four times in his last eight international appearances, star striker Rauno Sappinen was ruled out of action by a recent knee injury, leaving only Erik Sorga as a likely alternative for Hong Kong-based Henri Anier to lead the line up front.
Estonia captain Konstantin Vassiljev will earn his 153rd cap on Tuesday, but if Shamrock Rovers midfielder Markus Poom is promoted to the starting XI, the 39-year-old may have to do so off the bench.
Estonia's Last 5 Matches
Belgium vs. Estonia: Odds and Predictions
Handicap Belgium (-2.5): Yes
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