When Belgium meets Ireland on the second day of play not only the current performance speaks for the team of Marc Wilmots but also the past. However Belgium has bad luck with injuries lately. Kick-off on the 18th of June is at 3 p.m..
Current performance of Belgium
Belgium has one of the best single players who play in the best clubs in this world. At the world championship in 2014 Marc Wilmots already had a great squad available but back then they not really have been a team. With the experience that they have gained in 2014 they are now a big secret tip for the best teams in Europe. The test matches also have shown that they are a great team. At the last match against Norway, Hazard & Co have won the match with a score of 3:2. Only a few days before they also have beaten Switzerland with a score of 2:1. Against Finland they only have scored one goal and the match ended in a drawn. Especially the defence has been the weakness. Vincent Kompany would have been important in these matches but also like Björn Engels from FC Brügge he is not able to play due to an injury. Thomas Vermaelen, Dedryck Boyata and Nicolas Lombaerts also had to cancel the Journey to France. However it speaks for the quality of the squad that there are still Toby Alderweireld and Jan Verthongen from Tottenham Hotspur. However all the hope lays on the offensive play of Belgium.
Current performance of Ireland
The team of Trainer O´Neill also has to fight with similar problems like Belgium. Also at the Irish tea some important players are not able to play. If the captain Robbie Keane is able to play is still not sure yet. Especially at the offensive play there are big troubles because also Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids) and Daryl Murphy (Ipswich) have been weakened lately. Doyle didn’t travel to France but Walters and Murphy did. A bad sign is that Ireland hasn’t been able to win against Belgium in the past. They have played 7 times against each other and two times Belgium was able to win and five matches ended in a drawn. With only one point Ireland would be already happy in this upcoming match. The results at the test matches could have been better. Only the drawn against the Netherlands with a score of 1:1 was a small success. Beside this they have lost against Belarus ( 1:2) and against Slovakia (2:2) they also scored two goals. In march they have been able to win against Switzerland with a score of 1:0. However the O´Neill eleven is the clear outsider at the match against Belgium.
Betting tip for this match
Ireland probable will not get any points out of this match. Belgium’s offensive play is way too strong. The team of Marc Wilmots is currently on the second position of the world ranking and can mean trouble for every single team in this competition. They should master the group stage sovereign. Our tip: tip 1.