When some football match consists of third-placed and fourth-placed from the last World Cup, it is clear that an exciting and uncertain clash awaits us. Two years and three months ago, the Belgians won their duel for bronze in Russia (2: 0).
And not only that, two weeks earlier they defeated the same rival in the World Cup group (1: 0), which gave them a solid psychological advantage for some recent clashes. However, the English usually deal with the Red Devils at home, and they themselves have enough reason to be optimistic, although the guests behave exactly in accordance with the nickname.
However, in tonight's match at Wembley, within the 3rd round of Group 2 of the strongest division of the League of Nations, a real spectacle is expected. Interestingly, although both cultivate a football philosophy on goal more, which is especially true for the Belgians, who since March 2019 have mostly divided their rivals with three to nine goals, and the Icelanders won 5: 1 in September, their mutual duels as as a rule, they are a bit tougher - since 1954, only two have not come 0-2.
Home coach Gareth Southgate has decided to use these games in the League of Nations to give a chance to some guys from the young team, and the more experienced will not be able to count on all the players he planned, for example Raheem Sterling, who is injured.
His colleague Roberto Martinez has a large number of players who play in the Premier League and know the rival well, which in combination with the current situation around the spectators could bring victory to Belgium.
"Belgium deserves great respect for continuity.
They had a notable performance at the World Cup, beating Brazil among other things. I think Roberto did a fantastic job with the selection. Especially in the last few years they have started to provide phenomenal games, which required their talent.
We won a great opportunity to have a fantastic game and a really good test, and we are also trying to push through to the next phase of the League of Nations, "said Gareth Southgate.
Iceland vs Denmark
Iceland and Denmark enter the duel of the 3rd round of Group 2 with the aim of recording the first victory in the current edition of the League of Nations, with the guests managing to win a point against England in September.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that three days before this duel, they played the semifinal barrage of qualifications for the European Championship against Romania, where they celebrated 2: 1, but they were also mentally exhausted, while the Danes had incomparably easier obligations in the form of sparring with the Faroe Islands on Wednesday.
. When those two things come together, the advantage goes to the guests, who will not be as exhausted either mentally or physically as the Icelanders. With all that, the Danes have celebrated in the last seven mutual meetings with this opponent, and they have never lost.