Belgium and Russia meet at Stade Roi Baudouin, in a match for this phase of the Qualifying Round. There is only a record of 1 direct match in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 03-23-2017, which ended with a draw by (3-3).
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory games prior to this group stage. In the last match they played for the UEFA Nations League, they lost with Switzerland out by (5-2). In the last 10 home matches Belgium has 8 wins and 2 draws. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, as 15 of the last 17 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. The team usually has no problem opening the scoring: it scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games, of these 12 came to the break in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10. There is 1 period in highlight in the last 17 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 5 of his 12 goals between the minutes (46’-60 ‘).
Belgium leaves for this match with a defeat against Switzerland, 5-2, in a game for the League of Nations. We remind you that the Belgians finished that competition in the 2nd position of Group 2 of the A League, with 9 points won. In this match against Russia, coach Roberto Martínez must act in the usual 4-2-3-1, privileging the maintenance of ball possession and successive attacks, mainly through the flanks: Hazard is one of the greatest responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. It is important to underline that Belgium has presented enormous quality in the counterattack. For this game the coach can not count on Kevin De Bruyne, due to injury.
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Sweden by (2-0). In the last 8 away matches for all competitions, Russia won 3 and lost 5. The team has conceded goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Russia leaves for this match with a defeat, 2-0, in the displacement to the land of Sweden, in a game for the League of Nations. We emphasize that the Russians finished second in Group 2 of the B League. In this match against Belgium, coach Stanislav Cherchesov must act in the usual 4-2-3-1, Dzyuba being the offensive reference of the team. In addition, the Russian team must act only in counterattack, to take advantage of the defensive lacunae of the Belgians. Everything indicates that the coach can count on all the players at his disposal.