Belgium U21 vs N. Ireland U21 by Isaiah
Belgium is coming from a great victory earned away in Italy, as they are now aiming for third consecutive victory against surely the weakest side in the group. Even though they still won't secure anything, they will be really close at least to get the second position in quite tough group where their biggest opponents are Serbia and Italy.
They were impressive in first two matches, winning at home against Cyprus with a 2:0 result missing many more opportunities back in March this year, while as said, they won over Italy few day ago with the 3:1 score. Hosts scored first goal in 39th minute, but the Belgians were able to reverse the match in their favor scoring two quick goals, in 47th and 52nd minute, while they added the third one in the injury time of the match. The fact is that Belgium actually has a very strong team now, with players who are playing key roles in best domestic teams, but also few of them that are playing abroad. Winger Lestienne is suspended for the game, while midfielder Cisse is doubtful for tonight's game, but with chances to play.
As said, Northern Ireland is theoretically the weakest team in the group between Italy, Belgium, Serbia and Cyprus as it turned out that they weren't that competitive even in their premiere in May when they visited Cyprus and lost 3:0 against clearly second worse team in the group.
Things to be worse, they lost the friendly match against Denmark 1:4 back in August, while the team counts ten consecutive defeats in a row. Their roster consist mostly of players competing in England, but regardless that, they are to get the positive results from August 2011. Seven out of these ten matches were lost with two goals or more, while the team can't hope for anything but to try building up the roster for next qualification stages. Guests have no injury or suspension problems.
Belgium played very well in their first two matches and it's hard to see them blowing that up against such a weak team like Northern Irish is. In their only official match this year guests have lost against Cyprus 3:0 and it's hard to see them getting back against way stronger opponent.