Belgium play host to Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday evening on the back of registering a 2-0 victory away in Denmark.Meanwhile, a last-gasp missed penalty led to Group A2 minnows Iceland succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of England in Reykjavik.
Having won each of their 10 international fixtures during 2019, Roberto Martinez would have demanded that Belgium retain their high standards for what was a testing return fixture in Denmark at the weekend.
An early goal from Jason Denayer set De Rode Duivels on their way, before Dries Mertens wrapped up the result in Copenhagen with 14 minutes remaining.
Although this was not the free-scoring Belgian side which averaged four goals per game last year, it was a statement of intent from a nation who will feel that they should be favourites to win Euro 2020 next summer.
The professional performance came without the involvement of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, highlighting that Martinez does not necessarily require all of his stars to get the better of solid opposition.
With a further seven international games to be played before the end of 2020, Martinez may not be shy in using his squad to the full, hoping to dispel the myth that they are heavily reliant on Romelu Lukaku.
Here’s a look at our Belgium vs Iceland prediction and the live stream details ahead of their UEFA Nations League clash at the King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday.
From Iceland’s perspective, they make the trip to Brussels looking to respond to the disappointment of losing out to England in unfortunate circumstances on Saturday.
Despite having a man advantage for the majority of the final quarter, Iceland failed to make a dent in the Three Lions in open play, while also missing out on an equaliser through Birkir Bjarnason’s wayward penalty.
Having repelled an attack-minded England side until their 90th-minute spot kick, boss Erik Hamren could not hide his frustration at missing out on a major coup in their international history, as well as squandering the chance to extend their unbeaten record to six matches.
Ahead of their Euro 2020 playoff with Romania, Hamren must now decide whether he wants to push his tired team to the limit for the second time in three days, or blood some of his inexperienced crop at a time when the squad are missing several of their stars.
Roberto Martinez’s Belgium will face Iceland on Matchday 2 of their Group A2 clash of the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday. The Nations League encounter between Belgium vs Iceland is scheduled to kick off at 8:45 pm
local time (Wednesday, 12:15 am IST) at the King Baudouin Stadium. Here’s a look at our Belgium vs Iceland prediction, Belgium vs Iceland H2H record and Belgium vs Iceland live stream details ahead of the crunch fixture.
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Nations League fixtures: Belgium vs Iceland prediction and match preview
Belgium got off to a winning start in their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 2-0 win over Denmark on Matchday 1. Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens got the goals for Belgium to earn three crucial points.
Having won each of their 10 games in 2019, Belgium will be hoping to continue their incredible run of form under Roberto Martinez when they face minnows Iceland on Tuesday. With no injuries in the squad and the return of Kevin De Bruyne, Martinez is bound to field a strong starting line-up in a bid to make it two wins from two games in the competition.