June 9, 2022 Sports Betting
Following back-to-back defeats in Group A4, Wales hosts Belgium in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday evening.
Although the Dragons will be happy with their World Cup berth, they will need to beat Belgium, who just beat Poland by six goals.
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It was always going to be a tall order for Wales to match their Euro 2016 highs with World Cup qualifying, therefore a win over the Netherlands on Wednesday was always going to be a tall order.
To Rob Page’s credit, his squad came within seconds of scoring a tremendously credible victory in Cardiff, equalizing in the 92nd minute through Rhys Norrington-Davies.
The visitors, on the other hand, went right up the other end, with Wout Weghorst scoring the game-winning goal to give his team a 2-1 victory and sentence Wales to their second consecutive Nations League defeat.
With Belgium and the rematch with the Netherlands yet to come before June 14, no one will be quick to judge Wales if they continue to fall short, a five-match stretch strung out over two weeks a demanding end to an already rigorous season.
Page, on the other hand, will be under pressure to ensure that their stay in the first tier of the league is not cut short, placing a great emphasis on a draw against their former opponents.
Since September 2012, these two teams have met seven matches, including three qualification campaigns and the notorious Euro 2016 quarter-final.
Wales has held its own, losing only one of their past six games, but Roberto Martinez’s team appears to have the upper hand after being humiliated 4-1 at home by the Netherlands last week.
In response, despite Romelu Lukaku’s injury, Belgium fought back from a goal down to defeat Poland by six goals on Wednesday.
The Red Devils are still three points behind group leaders the Netherlands, but they’ll have a spring in their step when they enter the field in Cardiff.
Belgium has also come close to scoring in each of their past four games, with their most recent stalemate being against France in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
Wales should have enough quality to challenge their stronger opponents all the way, given that they are set to go full-strength. However, this match might follow the same pattern as the one against the Netherlands, with Belgium edging out the contest in the latter stages.