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World Cup Face-Off in Cardiff as Wales Battle Powerful Belgium!


World Cup Face-Off in Cardiff as Wales Battle Powerful Belgium!

World Cup Face-Off in Cardiff as Wales Battle Powerful Belgium!

Belgium are through to the World Cup, but Wales will be desperately trying to ensure second-place, at home in Cardiff.

Wales will host Belgium in Cardiff on Tuesday night, knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the second position in Group E, ahead of the Czech Republic. Belgium have already booked their place in Qatar and won the group.

Rob Page’s side have already claimed a World Cup 2022 qualification playoff spot through the UEFA Nations League, but will be determined to earn second in the group, to guarantee that they are seeded for the next round.

Wales will have to make do without the services of Ethan Ampadu for Tuesday’s match with Belgium through suspension, as the Venezia defender picked up a yellow card during the win over Belarus on Saturday.

Chris Gunter and Chris Mepham are fighting it out to replace Ampadu in the starting XI, but Page could otherwise name an unchanged side, with Gareth Bale, who won his 100th cap against Belarus, featuring alongside Daniel James in a two-man attack.

Bale, who controversially joined the squad despite not playing for Real Madrid since August through injury, was replaced at half-time for Saturday’s encounter, but the substitution was apparently planned. He is therefore expected to be fit to start this game.

As for Belgium, head coach Roberto Martinez is expected to make at least a couple of changes to the side that took to the field against Estonia last time out.

Thorgan Hazard came off the bench to find the net on Saturday and is pushing for a spot in the XI, while Dries Mertens is also likely to return in the final third.

Martinez, who is missing star forward Romelu Lukaku through injury, could also decide to drop Eden Hazard down to the bench, potentially moving Yannick Carrasco into a more advanced area.

Wales need a point to ensure second position in the group. We can see imagine that Page’s team, encouraged by a loud home crowd, doing enough to hold Belgium to a draw. Our prediction is 1-1, with one goal coming in each half.

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