- Nations League, Stage 4, Europe
- King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
- November 15th, 2018, 19:45 UK
With Iceland already relegated in League B, this is a match that can establish Belgium as leaders of the second group in League A and automatically qualify them for the European Championship.
Belgium started this first edition of Nations League very strong, having two victories out of two matches played and maximum of point – six. They won the first match against Iceland, 3-0 in Reykjavik, and Switzerland at home, 2-1. After a draw in the last friendly match against Holland, the “Red Devils” are undefeated since the World Cup semifinals against France. Belgium have an impressive series, with a single match lost out of the last 30 played and need a victory to surpass Switzerland as leaders of the Group 2. Moreover, Belgium managed to maintain a clean sheet in three of the last five matches. The impressive team of stars led by Roberto Martinez reveal their strength last summer in the World Cup, with an offensive play that paved the way to the semifinals, where they hardly lost against the future winner France.
On the other hand, the sensation from the 2016 European Championship, Iceland doesn’t have a good year. They won none of the 11 matches played in 2018 and in the Nations League they sit on the last place of the Group 2, with zero points, already relegated. After three matches in the Nations League, Iceland scored only one goal and conceded 11 times. The last official victory of “Our Boys” was a 2-0 against Kosovo, in October 2017. At the World Cup this year their performance was weak, winning only one point in their group against Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia.
Belgium Team News
No absence in the Belgium squad, Roberto Martinez has the freedom of sending his best players in the field.
Iceland Team News
Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson are out injured. Also, Ragnar Sigurdsson is suspended.
Belgium form in the last five matches: WWWWD
Iceland form in the last five matches: LLLDL
Head – to – Head
Belgium won all the last five matches against Iceland. The last three matches were won by the “Red Devils” at a difference higher than one goal. Also, in the last three matches between the two there were scored three or more goals. The last goal scored by Iceland against Belgium was in 2014, in a friendly match which they lost 4-1.
This is a match with no stake for the team in the Northern Europe, as they will already face relegation in League B after this edition of the Nations League. On the other hand, Belgium are searching for the leading position in their duel against Switzerland, a position that would directly qualify them at the 2020 European Championship. We expect a match with over 2.5 goals and also Iceland to score, to wash a bit the shame of this year.
- Over 3 goals – 1.76
- Both teams to score – yes – 2.25