Belgium vs Russia - 21/03/2019 Preview

Belgium will face Russia at King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, in UEFA Europe 2020 Qualification 1th Round. Belgium against Russia is the match with big interest because of great National squads and great perspectives in Qualification. Review our thoughts on this match here below.

Group C

1. Russia

2. Belgium

3. Scotland

4. Cyprus

5. Kazakhstan

6. San Marino

 

Belgium

FIFA Rating – 1

Belgium is one of the strongest teams of our times. They have perspective, young, experienced, strong and super fast players in the worlds strongest leagues and teams. They can play strong and individual football, moreover, they have great team spirit and team-play football. In last competitions in UEFA Nations League, they took second place and saved their participation in League A. Moreover, previously in summer 2018, they showed one of the strongest football in the world by getting bronze medals beating England. They lost only to France in Semi-Finals of the World Cup by 1:0 in a very tough match. In total year 2018 was the most successful year for the history of Belgium football.

For qualification to Europe Cup, they called the strongest players from the top teams and Leagues in Europe and World. This team consists of players from such teams as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris SG, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and many others from Premier League, Bundesliga and LaLiga championships. Unfortunately, Thomas Meunier, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Alex Witsel and ROmelu Lukaku will miss first match due to injuries.

 

Head Coach

Robert Martinez

Squad

Goalkeepers

Koen Casteels; Thibaut Courtois; Simon Mignolet; Matz Selz;

Defenders

Toby Alderweireld; Dedryck Boyata; Mousa Dembele; Jason Denayer; Brandon Mechele; Thoma Vermaelen; Jan Vertonghen;

Midfielders

Yannick Carrasco; Timothy Castagne; Nacer Chadli; Thomas Meunier; Leander Dendoncker; Dennis Praet; Youri Tielemans; Hans Vanaken;

Forwards

Christian Benteke; Eden Hazard; Thorgan Hazard; Adnan Januzaj; Dries Mertens; Leandro Trossard; Michy Batshuayi; Romelu Lukaku; Divock Origi;

 

Russia

FIFA Rating – 50

Russia was hosts of World Cup 2018 and played very successfully there as they eliminated Spain from the tournament. As a result, Russia took second place in the Group stage, by losing only to Uruguay. However, they met Spain in 1/8 finals and won by penalties, thanks to Akinfeev’s great play. After a successful championship, the team arrives in a good mood and is now looking at other matches and championships with perspective. Russians took second place in UEFA Nations League and saved their participation in League B, however, Sweden got a chance to check their strength in League A.

As part of the Russian national team, there are 2 players from the top leagues of Europe. A. Golovin from Monaco, French League 1 and D. Cheryshev from Valencia, Spanish LaLiga. These two should play leading roles in team game and prove that they deserve to play in such clubs and be in the national team of such a big country.

 

Head Coach

Stanislav Cherchesov

Squad

Goalkeepers

Marinato Guilherme; Andrei Lunev; Anton Shunin;

Defenders

Maxim Belyaev; Georgy Dzhikia; Ilya Kutepov; Vyacheslav Karavaev; Fyodor Kudryashov; Andrei Semenov; Kirill Nababkin; Mario Fernandes; Georgy Schennikov;

Midfielders

Ilzat Akhmetov; Yury Gazinsky; Alexander Golovin; Roman Zobnin; Vladislav Ignatiev; Alexei Miranchuk; Anton Miranchuk; Alexei Ionov; Daler Kuzyaev; Magomed Ozdoyev; Denis Cheryshev;

Forwards

Artem Dzyuba; Fyodor Smolov; Fyodor Chalov;

 

H2H

These teams played in last World Cup in Group stage, however, Belgium was stronger and won against all opponents including Russia. Moreover, they met in the 2017 year in Friendly match where the match was very tough and interesting, as a result, it finished by 3:3. Of course, Belgium had better players, but Russia were hosts and this match was similar to training game for both.

 

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