Belgium vs Republic of Ireland by Rahul

Belgium
VS
Republic-of-Ireland
Belgium came into this tournament as one of the favourites to win this group, but the Italians totally outclassed them by keeping it tight at the back. The Italians have been comfortably handing over possession to the opposition and gave the Belgium 61% possession. The Belgians will definitely look to make some changes up front, with Lukaku likely to be dropped to the bench for Origi because of his struggles at club and country level. Hazard and De Bruyne will definitely need to step up their game in this encounter, and I would like to potentially drop Felliani to add Dries Martens on the wing with Hazard through the middle to give more attacking edge to the Belgians. The downside of Belgium in recent times has been their defence where they have conceded 4 games on the trot (Italy, Finland, Norway and Switzerland).

 

The Belgians will only feel a bit confident that the Irish have generally struggled to score offensively, but that will not stop them from attacking against the Belgians. That could leave the opportunity for the Belgians to attack on the counter against the Irish especially since the Irish have conceded in 6 out of their last 8 games including against the Swedes through an own goal. The Irish midfield of Whelan, McCarthy, Hendrick and Hoolahan have generally been struggling to create enough chances offensively, where the Irish only scored of a set piece.

 

Belgium have scored in 12 of their last 14 matches and will need to attack from the beginning in order to put pressure on the Irish and secure a result. A loss here for the Belgians would probably see them in last place, and I expect the Belgium to go all out for the victory and beat the Irish in this game. I am backing Belgium to beat Republic of Ireland in this critical game.

 

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