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It proved a tough ask for Switzerland in the last international break as they had trips to both Spain and Germany, as well as a friendly fixture hosting Croatia. They came away winless from those encounters, although they’ll certainly take confidence in holding Die Mannschaft to a draw in the last of them.
Belgium didn’t have it all their way either in October break, as England ground out a 2-1 victory over them at Wembley, but considering they’d won all their previous 12 competitive matches since the start of last year and backed it up with a win hosting Iceland three days later, we wouldn’t be too concerned by that trip.
In fact, they’re currently the number one team in the world in the FIFA Rankings and still head their Nations League A3 group by two points over the Three Lions and Denmark, and they’ll likely use this friendly to get back on the winning path.
The Swiss may have a difficult Nations League group of Germany, Spain and Ukraine, but with just two points from their opening four matches and yet to win this year, it doesn’t bode well for their chances.
To make matters worse, a run of W3-D2-L6 from their 11 road games since 2018 World Cup in Russia is well below par, as their three such victories came against Iceland, Georgia and Gibraltar.
That includes a defeat in Belgium in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League competition, while interestingly five of those six defeats did come by single goal margins against all of England, Belgium, Denmark, Ukraine and Spain.
The only loss that didn’t come by that margin was when Cristiano Ronaldo had other ideas and completed his hat trick with a brace in the final two minutes of their game against Portugal back in June last year to make the score 3-1, and so we’d certainly still expect this to be a close one.
Belgium -1 Handicap Draw
Roberto Martinez’s men won their last match on home turf 2-1 against Iceland and although this is just a friendly international, both managers will want a positive result before heading into the weekend’s action.
The hosts will be without their captain Eden Hazard yet again after he tested positive for Covid-19, extending his absence from the national team to over a year.
However, both Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen make welcome returns to the side, with the latter having missed the last three matches due to injury.
However, it remains to be seen if they will both start in this one given it’s just a friendly, but nonetheless, it certainly makes their options a lot more fruitful and with the home advantage we just can’t see them not earning another victory.