Belgium – Cyprus
The winner in Group I Belgium welcomes Cyprus at the Stade Roi Baudoin in Brussel in a match from the last round of the European qualifiers. We are going to take a look at this clash and see what these two sides achieved in this group so far.
Belgium won this group, being as perfect as they can be. The Red Devils achieved a fantastic record of 9 wins from 9 games played so far. Roberto Martinez’ team also scored 34 goals and conceded just 2, which is more than remarkable. Belgium have 6 points advantage in front of the second Russia and they are untouchable at top.
On Saturday Roberto Martinez’ boys once again proved who is the best team in this group. Belgium travelled to St. Petersburg to face Russia and went home with a dominating 4-1 win. Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard scored a brace in Guilherme’s net, while his brother Thorgan Hazard also added a goal for the win. Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku scored the fourth one for Belgium. In the 79th minute Russia scored their only goal in the match, when Georgiy Dzhikiya scored past Thibaut Courtous.
Now Roberto Martinez is free to try some new things against Cyprus in the last game in the group. The Spanish manager could try some new options in his line-up. Players like Michy Batshuayi, Divock Origi, Yoeri Tielemans or Yannick Carrasco could find a place among the starting eleven.
For Cyprus it was a decent campaign. Right now they are 4th in the group with 10 points and a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. Even if they lose against Belgium, they can keep the 4th place as long as Kazakhstan don’t win a point against Scotland. In their last game Cyprus hosted Scotland, but suffered a 1-2 loss.
We expect Belgium to have fun against Cyprus on Tuesday and show some good football, even if some of the stars get a rest from the manager Roberto Martinez. The Red Devils are clearly the best team in this group.