Belgium vs Switzerland
Belgium did a very good job in the first round of UEFA Nations League as they easily won over Iceland 3:0 away from home earlier in September. This victory has surely improved their morale, but also will be making them now a bit more relaxed since the team doesn't have to think about possible relegation to group B from the very start.
In the first phase of the match they acted a bit calmer, but once they understood they're far better side, it was easy for them to take the double lead thanks to goals from Hazard (penalty) and Lukaku in the 29th and 31st minute. Their hosts did very little in attack, while the Belgium side looked very concrete in attack and sealed the victory thanks to another goal from Lukaku in the 81st minute even though they lowered down the tempo in the second.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, the hosts won't be able to count at defender Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), midfielders Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) and forward Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).
Switzerland has also opened up the UEFA Nations League with a victory against the very same Icelandic team, as they completely outplayed the opponent just a couple of days before Belgium did, but the Swiss won their match with a 6:0 result at home in St Gallen.
It was all about the Swiss back then, as they had the double lead already in the first halftime thanks to goals from Zuber and Zakaria, continuing in the same tempo in the second halftime as well. Shaqiri, Seferovic, Ajeti, and Mehmedi scored goals showing much more of the attacking potential.
After that game, the side suffered narrow 1:0 defeat away to England, not showing much in attack but also not playing with the best possible squad either.
Defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal), Johan Djourou (SPAL), Silvan Widmer (Basel), Kevin Mbabu (Young Boys), midfielder Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna) and forwards Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Josip Drmic (Gladbach) and forward Ered Derdiyok (Galatasaray) won't play in this one comparing to few previous call-ups.
Both of these two teams look very strong in attack, but I believe that the quality gap still exists and is strongly in the favor of the home team. There's not much to question about the motive here since this clash can very much determine who will win the group. When such two teams with extreme offensive quality, in comparison to defense (even though the hosts don't like quality there either) meet, it's only logical that only one prevails easily in the game overall.
Belgium vs Switzerland prediction
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