Belgium, Russia and Scotland are likely to be the teams battling it out for the top two qualifying spots In Group I and on the 21st March 2019, Belgium will host Russia at the King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels. This match gives both teams the chance to take an early lead over their rivals.
The hosts, Belgium, finished third at the 2018 World Cup and while that was a good achievement, they will be disappointed they did not make the final given the quality of the players in their team. They come into this game on the back of a heavy 5-2 defeat at the hands of Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League.
Despite failing to win their Nations League group, Belgium remain a difficult team to beat and they have lost only two of their last two of their last thirty-two matches in all competitions, including friendly games.
With the loss to Switzerland coupled by defeat against France in the 2018 World Cup, Belgium have remained undefeated in their last fourteen qualifying games, be it for the European Championship or World Cup.
Trends show they are undefeated in their last nineteen home qualifying matches, winning thirteen, including seven of the last eight.
Russia hosted the World Cup last summer and performed beyond expectations as they reached the quarter-final of the tournament, losing out to the eventual runners-up, Croatia.
Russia will have an inexperienced international goalkeeper following the retirement of Igor Akinfeev. Artem Dzyuba is set to lead the line with Denis Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin the attacking options from midfield.
PREDICTION : BELGIUM 3-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : Over 2.5 @ 1.65
Bet Builder : Over 0.5 HT, Both Teams To Score