Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Buoyed by a routine 3-0 win over Iceland, Belgium play host to Switzerland at Stade Roi Baudouin in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Friday’s program. The Red Devils proved their worth in the triumph over Iceland and a victory over Switzerland will see them move one step closer to clinching top position in Group 2. A man to watch in the home team will be Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, who has been producing splendid performances in the Premier League of late. The Rossocrociati, on the other hand, rolled over Iceland in their UEFA Nations League opener, but Belgium are likely to pose a much bigger threat for them than their previous rivals. The Red Devils are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to keep their 100% record intact in the UEFA Nations League.
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 (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step.
When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play.
The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.