Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Stade Roi Baudouin will host Thursday’s football game between Belgium and Iceland, who face each other in the UEFA Nations League clash. The Belgians aim to keep their 100% record intact and we predict that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash. The Red Devils are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Eden Hazard has been in a thrilling form in the Premier League this season, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. It has to be noted, though, that Kevin de Bruyne misses the game with injury. The Icelanders suffered a loss in each of their previous three group games, but the fact that they shared the spoils with France in a friendly last month is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Brussels. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Belgium are more of a team than Iceland.
Highlighted Player (Axel Witsel):
Alex Witsel is Belgian footballer who plays for Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg. The 186-cm-tall midfielder began his senior career at Standard Liege and after spending five years at the Belgian club, he moved to Benfica in 2011. Witsel impressed in the 2011/2012 Primeira Liga campaign and, as a result, Zenit chiefs decided to sign him on 3 September, 2012.
The Belgian footballer scored 4 goals in 19 league appearances for the Zenitchiki in the 2012/2013 Russian Premier League campaign and he has been producing fine displays for the Russian outfit ever since he joined the club. Speaking of his international career, Alex Witsel has nine caps for Belgium U-21 side and he made his debut for the first team on 26 March, 2008.
The Belgian midfielder represented his homeland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he played for the Red Devils at the 2016 European Championship finals as well.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century.
The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake.
As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.