Belgium 3-0-1, England 2-1-1
11/15/20 2:45 pm
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Belgium is welcoming England to Den Dreef Stadium in round 5 in the UEFA Nations League.
Belgium is one of the best teams in Europe, certainly the team that is playing the best soccer, and after losing to England a month ago, Belgium is back on track with 2 nice wins. Earlier this week Belgium was hosting Switzerland, and they have won that game 2-1. In their Nations League group, Belgium is in 1st place with 9 points, 10 scored goals, and 4 conceded goals in 4 games. Lukaku is the leading goalscorer for Belgium with 3 goals, while Batshuayi and Mertens added 2 goals each. De Bruyne has 2 assists, while Mertens has 1 assist. Belgium is at full power at the moment, and they will look to secure that top spot in this group. In their last Nations League against Iceland at home, Belgium has had 68% of ball possession in that game, 2 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and high 91% of the correct passes. Belgium has won this match 1-2. Belgium has gotten a pretty good group in the Euro Cup next year, and if they can stay healthy, I don’t see them having much trouble getting past the group stage, and much further.
England is back on winning track as well, and they are finally playing good, consistent soccer on both ends. In their friendly game against Ireland earlier this week, and they were dominant and confident in that match. England has deservedly won this game 3-0. With 7 points, only 3 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals, England is in 3rd place in this group, and they need a win to advance past the group stage. Rashford, Sterling, and Mount have each scored 1 goal for England in the Nations League so far. Not many teams in the world have so much offensive firepower as England does, but they are not consistent in utilizing that talent. In their latest Nations League match against Denmark at home, and honestly, they were horrible. England has had 43% of ball possession in that game, 5 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 83% of the correct passes. Not only England lost this game 0-1, but they also conceded 2 red cards which will have an impact on their roster for this game. Maguire and Reece James will miss this game because of the red cards. England can’t seem to find a rhythm from the World Cup 2 years ago, but that might be because they like a tournament schedule more than this. England is in a group with Croatia, Czech Republic, and Scotland, and I like their chances of advancing to the next stage in the Euro Cup.
As I’ve mentioned before, England has won its last game against Belgium at home, but Belgium is playing well at the moment. The trends are pretty even here, and since both teams are playing well, I expect goals here.