Preview - Belgium vs Switzerland 13 October 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 2
Belgium vs Switzerland
Saturday, September 13th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Heysel Stadium

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.70
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.70
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (43)

Last five matches form: W D L W L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.10
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.70
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (22)

Potentially one of the most entertaining of this weeks games in the Uefa Nations League comes with this clash between two sides who have been full of goals of late, as Belgium play host to Switzerland.

Belgium remain one of the in-form sides in World football at present having won ten of their last eleven games, with the only defeat coming when going down 1-0 to France in the World Cup semi-final. In Eden Hazard they also possess a player who is now in the kind of form which places him firmly amongst the best in the world.

Switzerland certainly began their Uefa Nations League campaign in style when routing Iceland 6-0 at home. They were brought back down to earth when going down 1-0 to England in a friendly last time out though.

Kevin De Bruyne is now nearing a return, but yet to play for his club following an injury he wont be risked here. He's Belgium's main absentee. Switzerland look to be just about at full strength.

With each of these sides averaging over 2 goals in their past ten matches, and a relatively low-pressure game, it seems reasonable to expect a few goals in this one. We expect Belgium to come out on top should this turn into a shootout.

Prediction: Belgium 4 - 2 Switzerland


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  14 - 9
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 48% - 52%

No bookings in this one as both sides kept on the right side of referee Antonio Mateu throughout.

Another game, another win for the side who are now the joint top ranked in the world - along with World Champions France - according to the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Switzerland certainly didn't roll over though and had their moments in this one as they once again went down only narrowly to a quality outfit on the road.

The sides largely cancelled each other out in the opening period, as Switzerland dealt well with the formidable Belgian attacking threat. Eden Hazard was having his moments, particularly down the left-hand side, but efforts from range were really as close as either side got.

Belgium took the lead in the 58th minute. Hazard again cutting in from the left and finding Dries Mertens inside the area, Mertens to Thomas Meunier and on to Romelu Lukaku unmarked towards the right of the area. Lukaku firing low and in under Yann Sommer.

Switzerland were back on level terms in the 76th minute through a well worked free kick routine. Xherdan Shaqiri swinging the ball right towards the back post and Nico Elvedi nodding back in towards the area for Mario Gavronovic to sweep home.

Belgium's winner came six minutes from time. Lovely goal too. Super slick interplay between Hazard, Mertens and Lukaku carving the Swiss defence open and ending with Lukaku having only the keeper to beat from inside the area. Smart finish into the bottom left corner. 2-1 final score.

Belgium make it two wins from two in the UEFA Nations League to take firm control of this group.

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