Our football match prediction:
Gibraltar kicked off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Greece, but they failed to score in a 4-0 loss to Estonia on Friday evening. Jeff Wood’s men will have even bigger fish to fry in Monday’s football match against Belgium and, no doubt, the hosts will adopt a defence-minded approach once again. Gibraltar conceded 18 goals in previous four games and they are unlikely to upset the star-studded Red Devils in the Estadio Do Algarve clash. Belgium outclassed Bosnia (4-0) on Friday evening and they will be looking to cement top position in Group H with a win over Gibraltar. Eden Hazard found the net in the triumph over the Balkan Dragons, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the Chelsea ace at bay on Monday evening. Anyhow, Belgium are likely to roll over Gibraltar in their third group game in the World Cup qualifiers.
Highligted Player (Axel Witsel):
Axel 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 (Belgium):
Present on the international stage since 1904, Belgium national team have had plenty of ups and downs in the past, finishing as runners up at the 1980 European Championship in Italy. The Red Devils also won the third place on home soil at the 1972 tournament, while they enjoyed some success at the World Cup finals as well. Belgium qualified for 12 World Cup tournaments, reaching the semi-finals in 1986 and quarter-finals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. It is the generation that played in Brazil that is believed to be the most talented team since the one featuring Enzo Scifo, Michel Preud’homme and Franky van der Elst. Playing their home games at King Baudouin Stadium, the Red Devils have impressed at the start of the 21st century, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne just some of the world-class players in the squad. Following some impressive results in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and international friendlies, Belgium climbed to number 1 position in the FIFA Rankings in November 2015.