While Wales’ eyes will be firmly set on the World Cup in November, the Dragons must temporarily divert their attention to the Nations League and the pressing problem of a potential relegation. Focused more on World Cup qualifying, Wales have picked up just one point from their opening four Nations League matches so far and sit bottom of Group A4, three points behind Poland with two games left to play.
Wales started their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Poland despite having taken the lead and a week later they were beaten by the Netherlands in dramatic fashion, conceding the winner in the fourth minute of injury time, just moments after they looked to have sealed a point through Rhys Norrington-Davies’ equaliser. The Dragons’ only point of the Nations League came in their next match, a 1-1 draw with Belgium, but there was another late loss to the Netherlands when Memphis Depay scored the winner in the third minute of injury time, one minute after Gareth Bale thought he had sealed a point.
Fortunately for Wales they do meet Poland in their final game, but they face a Belgium side who need a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the finals. The Red Devils are currently second in Group A4, three points behind the Netherlands and still chasing after they were humbled 4-1 in their opening match.
Belgium did bounce back with a 6-1 thrashing of Poland in their next game but missed the opportunity to capitalise on Netherlands dropping points by drawing with Wales in their third match, conceding a late equaliser from Brennan Johnson. Last time out Belgium pulled off an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Poland to keep their hopes alive, but they realistically need to beat Wales and hope Netherlands drop points to take control of the group going into their final match.
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Belgium vs Wales match stats
With Romelu Lukaku injured, Michy Batshuayi will likely lead the line for Belgium and the Fenerbahce striker has a decent record in the Nations League. He is Belgium’s joint-top scorer in the current edition of the tournament and has one goal in 91 minutes of action for Fenerbahce since joining the Turkish club at the start of the month.
You can often bank on both teams finding the net in fixtures between Belgium and Wales, with no clean sheet in the past four meetings. Wales have also managed just two competitive victories this year, both coming in the World Cup qualifying play-offs.