Start date:Oct 8 2020 at 2020
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Sky Sports have live coverage. Alternatively you can bookmark this page and return to follow the game on our live blog in the company of Alan Tyers.What is the team news?Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad after breaching Covid restrictions in the previous international break. Tammy Abraham Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho will also not feature for the same reason after they attended a private party where more than six people were present.Southgate has talked up the chances of heavy rotation and Nick Pope might well start in goal at the expense of out-of-form Jordan Pickford. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harvey Barnes and Bukayo Saka could all take part.
For Belgium Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out of Thursday’s friendly match against Ivory Coast and will leave the national team’s training camp to return to Real Madrid.
Belgium returned to action in September and extended their winning streak to 12 matches with back-to-back victories Iceland and Denmark in the UEFA Nations League. Roberto Martinez will no doubt want to maintain that winning run, but with a double-header of Nations League matches against England and Iceland closely following this fixture he is expected to leave out many of his first-choice players against the Ivory Coast. The visitors meanwhile should field a strong starting XI they are playing for the first time since last November and are wanting to get in some valuable match action before the AFCON qualifiers resume next month. Although this is the first game that the Ivory Coast have played this year it does not mean that all of their players are short of match-sharpness and against a weaker than normal Belgium side they look to be good value at +1.5 on the asian handicap.
Courtois’ departure means he will also miss the match against England with Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet likely to start.
What are they saying?
The Belgian national team had a great start and cannot compare in composition and strength with the guests who will try to achieve a positive result due to moral and voliti onal qualities.Yes for sure the head coach will give more time to the reservists because the red devils on Sunday will have a responsible duel with England which cannot be discounted. Whatever it was the home team have good chances to try out new tactical schemes and get bonuses for the national team’s rating.
Our prediction is a victory for Belgium with a handicap (-1) and we bet on this on the line of BC Fonbet with odds 1.63
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