Five rounds played till now, Wales is still one of the nicest surprises in all qualifying groups, still standing with great chances to progress to Euro 2016 directly. They are currently second placed side, sharing the same number of points as Belgium, being two points above third placed Israel and with five points more than third placed Cyprus.
However, the team can’t afford to lose here, as the defeat would bring them into all sorts of problems and most probably, even third place won’t be so sure anymore. They have played only one match this year, coming from a 3:0 victory away to Israel back in March, thanks to goals from Ramsey and two from Bale. It was fifth consecutive match where the players of Wales stood undefeated, as the atmosphere seems to be much better than in previous years. Defender James Collins is missing out for this one and his position should be taken by James Chester. Same Vokes might be employed in attack, while coach Chris Coleman won’t make many changes this time.
Belgium, on the other hand, had quite an impressive friendly match away to France few days ago, as both sides showed great efficiency in attack, but also numerous defensive mistakes in a 3:4 victory for the side of Belgium.
Fellaini scored two goals in the first halftime for their double lead, while the second halftime started even more open, with Belgiums scoring via Nainggoland and Hazard two more goals, while the French temporarily reduced via Valbuena. Near the end of the game, they managed to score two more, via Fekir and Payet making the final 4:3 result. Overall, French side had more of the ball possession, but the Belgiums knew how to exploit their part of possession and were deadly serious on counter attacks. It was their third victory in a row after winning over Israel and Cyprus, while the team stands undefeated in last eight matches. Marouane Fellaini suffered a groin injury in training and will most likely miss out this game. Christian Benteke should start in attack, but Romelu Lukaku will get his share of playing time as well.
Wales simply needs to make home advantage out of this game and will have to attack sooner or later. Visitors are more than efficient these days and everything except an open game, goals and both teams scoring will be a surprising outcome for me.
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