Kick-off: 1700, 11/10/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Belgium beat England twice at the 2018 World Cup and are fancied to confirm that superiority in Sunday’s Nations League clash at Wembley.
The Red Devils have risen to the top of the FIFA rankings thanks to a great run of form since finishing third in Russia and are a supremely confident outfit.
Playing at Wembley will hold no fears for their past and present Premier League stars, so 17/10 for an away win is our first England vs Belgium prediction.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
England will always provide stiff opposition on home turf and warmed up for this contest with a comfortable 3-0 friendly win over Wales in London.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his fine start to the season by breaking the deadlock on debut before Conor Coady and Danny Ings bagged their first international goals.
Gareth Southgate’s starting XI had just 54 caps between them but gave the manager plenty of food for thought ahead of more meaningful tests.
The head coach said: “There is opportunity there for them to grab a place and push themselves up the pecking order.
“Several did that and there is competition for places, not just the squad we named but players just outside that.”
The likes of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho may come back in to bolster England’s attack and Southgate has plenty of options at the back.
However, we fear the Three Lions are a bit lightweight in midfield and could be overrun in that department, where Belgium excel.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
Belgium’s run of 12 straight wins was halted when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ivory Coast in a Brussels friendly.
Michy Batshuayi put the Red Devils in front from close range on 53 minutes, but Franck Kessie levelled things up with a late penalty.
However, Roberto Martinez rested all his big names and the visitors will be a far more formidable force with Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel back on board.
Belgium beat England 1-0 during the group stage at Russia 2018 and then 2-0 in the third-place play-off, with Thomas Meunier and Hazard on target.
This is a team with hardly any weaknesses, but the one chink in their armour at Wembley could be between the posts.
Two of their goalkeepers were given time off, with each awaiting the birth of a child, and Thibaut Courtois was then ruled out with a hip injury.
That leaves Martinez to choose between former Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet and a couple of uncapped keepers.
England now have every chance of at least getting on the scoresheet, but we still believe Belgium have the class to cope.
They have already seen off Denmark 2-0 and Iceland 5-1 in this competition, whereas England laboured in taking four points off that pair last month.
ENGLAND 3-0 Wales – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady, Danny Ings
BELGIUM 1-1 Ivory Coast – Michy Batshuayi
Head-to-head: Belgium 2-0 England, England 0-1 Belgium, England 1-0 Belgium, England 2-1 Belgium
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