Both Belgian and Czech Republic national team are
displaying fine performances recently, and they would like to keep this
positive mood in front of the upcoming World Cup qualification clashes. This
will be the most entertaining international friendly match today, and it will
be played at King Baudouin stadium in Brussels.
It is why we decided to make a preview and
to predict possible outcomes regarding goals and the winner of this match from our
point of view.
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After a starting defeat against the Spain in his first match as the coach of the Belgium,
Roberto Martinez managed to stay unbeaten in the previous seven events. He
recorded 4 victories, and 3 draws displaying some of the most impressive
triumphs in the World Cup qualifications so far. At this moment, Belgium is
first in group H with 13 points from 5 games with a fantastic goal difference
of 22 scored and only two conceded goals. However, in one of the most important
games against Greece, which
was also played in Brussels, the Devils didn't
manage to win, and this might cost them in the end because the Greeks have only
two points fewer and Belgium
has to travel to Athens.
5 out of the last 7 games they participated
were ended with more than 2.5 goals.
lineups: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany,
Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Witsel, Nainggolan, Carrasco, Hazard, Benteke, Lukaku
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After an awful opening of the
qualifications, three straight games without a victory and also without scoring
at least one goal, they managed to turn the things around, and put down three
wins and one draw in the last 4 games. The Czechs didn't suffer a defeat in
five games overall, and they have improved very much. Right now, their primary
goal is trying to reach the second place and the possibility of the playoffs,
since the Germany
is already far away at the top of the group, and they will stay there until the
end of the qualifications.
lineups: Koubek, Gebre Selassie, Kalas, Sivok
Jugas, Barak, Sykora, Kopic, Dockal, Zmrhal, Skoda
Head to head
The Czech Republic
has a better record in meetings with the Belgians, and in six games so far they
had three victories two losses and one draw. The most recent encounter happened
in 2009, and the Czechs won 3-1.
The Belgians are near to level the record
in meetings with today's opponents, and we think that they're going to win
tonight. Also, over 2.5 goals is a realistic outcome, and you should combine
with the home team to score over 1.5.