Estonia vs Belgium by Isaiah
Estonia isn't having that poor start in the new qualifiers, but the quality difference is obvious and huge looking them and top three nations in the group (Belgium, Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina), so they can't be accused for really poor performances.
They lost matches to these three nations with a 1:15 goal difference, but showed better performances in two other games, when they won over Gibraltar 4:0 at home and took a point in last qualifying game played away to Cyprus earlier this year in a 0:0 bore draw. The game wasn't very interesting, but needs to be said that the Cypriots had much more of the ball possession, however without being concrete enough. Estonia is at fifth position with four points and the best thing they could do, is to finish at fourth position but that will be decided in their mutual matches with Cyprus and Gibraltar, not against so much more quality sides. They however surprised well in the last friendly game played, winning over Croatia at home 3:0 late in March, using many gaps in the Croatian defense well.
Defender Gert Kams (48/2, Flora), midfielders Ilja Antonov (31/1, Horn), Sander Puri (69/4, Waterford) and forwards Tarmo Neemelo (22/1, Nomme Kalju) and Frank Liivak (6/1, Sarajevo) aren't part of the team this time.
Belgium, on the other side, started the qualifying path perfectly with four victories, but definitely could have done more in the last game played when the team welcomed Greece and took just a point in a 1:1 draw. They were far better, more creative and deserved more, but simply it wasn't their day and the fighting Greeks managed to escape with a draw.
Visitors took the lead surprisingly in 46th minute via Mitroglou, but were generally limited to a defensive approach and were even more defensive minded once they stood with a man less in 65th when Tachtisidis was shown second yellow card. Lukaku leveled up in 89th and despite numerous attacks from the home team, the result remained 1:1, while the Greeks completed the game with one more man less during the additional time. After that match, Belgium had two more friendlies, taking a 3:3 draw away to Russia few days later and winning over Czech Republic 2:1 this Monday evening thanks to goals from Batshuayi and Fellaini, deserving even bigger margin victory.
Belgian side will be missing defenders Thomas Meunier (15/1, PSG), Nicolas Lombaers (38/3, Oostende), midfielders Steven Defour (49/2, Burnley), Moussa Dembele (68/5, Tottenham) and striker Eden Hazard (76/17, Chelsea).
Quality difference between these two sides is simply huge and it was obvious in their first game as well. Visitors are missing couple of good players, but with a great offensive lineup that every nation could want. Not the same result as in previous match should be expected, but the Belgians have more than enough quality to seal the victory rather easily here.