Belgium will host Poland in Group 4 match in the UEFA Nations League in Brussels.
The Red Devils suffered humiliation at the hand of the Netherlands in the last match as they conceded four goals in a very hapless performance. Memphis Depay netted a brace while Steven Bergwijn and Denzel Dumfries also registered their name on the score sheet. Michy Batshuayi pegged one back for the host side.
Belgium supposedly have one of the best squads on paper but their failure to win a major trophy has been haunting them for a long. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans and Eden Hazard are quite successful in club football but their form hasn’t been reflected in their national side.
They also lost their number one FIFA ranking and will be determined to get back to winning ways. De Bruyne has amassed the most number of assists in the last five Premier League seasons and he will be ready to take down the Polish team.
Roberto Martinez’s side hasn’t been at their best in the last few matches and they have managed to grind up just two wins out of seven in all competitions.
Poland registered a win in their first Nations League game against Wales and their red hot form should provide them an edge against the Belgians. Jakub Kaminski and Karol Swiderski netted for Poland while Jonny Williams scored a consolation for Wales in the last match.
Poland didn’t have a smooth World Cup qualifying stage but they did have the upper hand over Sweden in the playoffs and they have been pretty consistent in recent years.
They have won seven of their last ten games in all competitions and have had the knack of scoring at least one goal in their last 19 matches. Robert Lewandowski remains a goal poacher and his presence on the pitch means the Belgian defender will have to keep some extra strides to keep him bay from the goal.
BEL vs POL, UEFA Nations League
Date: 9th June, 2022
Time: 12:15 AM IST
Venue: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Belgium Nations League Form
Belgium Form (all competitions)
Poland Nations League Form
Poland Form (all competitions)
Head to Head
Belgium wins: 6
Poland wins: 7
Belgium Team News
Romelu Lukaku had an injury scare following a crash with Holland defender Nathan Ake and he had to be called oof after just 27 minutes. He will definitely sit out this match.
Thorgan Hazard missed the last match and he is likely to return to the squad.
Poland Team News
Poland don’t have any major injury concerns and they are likely to announce a more or less same squad. Wojciech Szczesny will be back in the goal and he will be the last line of defence for the Polish team.
Belgium Possible Lineup
Mignolet; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Boyata; Meunier, Tielemans, Dendoncker, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Mertens, Trossard
Poland Possible Lineup
Szczesny; Bereszynski, Bednarek, Glik, Puchacz; Klich, Krychowiak, Zalewski; Zielinski; Lewandowski, Swiderski
Belgium need to make a strong answer to their critics following their awful drubbing in the last match. They do have the potential to inflict much damage on the Polish side and despite their defeat, they will remain the favourites on their home turf this time.
BEL vs POL Fantasy XI No. 1
Mignolet; Vertonghen, Meunier, Bednarek; De Bruyne, Tielemans, Klich, Zielinski; Trossard, Carrasco, Lewandowski
BEL vs POL Fantasy XI No. 2
Mignolet; Vertonghen, Meunier, Bednarek, Boyata; De Bruyne, Klich, Zielinski; Trossard, Carrasco, Lewandowski