Belgium vs Switzerland
Competition: UEFA Nations League
Date: 12 October 2018
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Belgium look… scary. Before starting their Nations League matches last month, they played a friendly game in Scotland, and destroyed the hosts, 0-4. Four days later they faced Iceland away from home, and again, they made a potentially tricky match look like… a walk in the park. They were 0-2 up by the 31st minute, with Romelu Lukaku adding a second personal goal late to put the cherry on top. I’m left with the same impression I had during the World Cup finals, Belgium could and should have done better in that semifinal versus France, they should have made it to the final, and, I reckon, they should have earned what they deserved, the cup. They had high hopes in 2016, in France’s Euro, they dropped the ball, they set the bar high in Russia, they failed in the semifinal (against an awesome team, no doubt), so it feels like they need to… go the extra mile, or else, this fantastic generation of players will go down in history as one of those “super teams” that their cycle was over without having won any trophy.
Switzerland were great in the first half of their Nations League debut against Iceland at home, and fantastic in the second one. At halftime, they were 2-0 up. Instead of… playing it safe, they took advantage of every single weakness of their opponents, and finished the game with a super emphatic 6-0 triumph. Three days later, in a friendly game in England, things were… very different. Defeat, 1-0, looking competitive, but… being “reminded” of their position, which is “good, very good, but not top team”.
Previous five matches:
Iceland vs Belgium 0-3
Scotland vs Belgium 0-4
Belgium vs England 2-0
France vs Belgium 1-0
Brazil vs Belgium 1-2
England vs Switzerland 1-0
Switzerland vs Iceland 6-0
Sweden vs Switzerland 1-0
Switzerland vs Costa Rica 2-2
Serbia vs Switzerland 1-2
Belgium are hosting the Netherlands on Tuesday (friendly game). On Monday, Switzerland will be visiting Iceland (Nations League).
Belgium vs Switzerland: Head to head Stats
Belgium have hosted Switzerland 13(!) times in the past. They have won eight of those matches, four went Switzerland’s way, and only one ended in a draw. Total goals, 31-17.
Belgium vs Switzerland: Prediction
Belgium are considered big favorites to win the game, and rightly so.
Belgium vs Switzerland: Betting Tips
A simple Belgium win is at 1.42. “Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.62, and these two combined promise a decent 1.95. I won’t be surprised if Switzerland score, and contribute to that “over 2.5” (I’m actually counting on that).