The Belgian team returns to the field on Tuesday, November 14, for their second friendly to prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Starting at 17:45 (GMT), they will face Japan at the Jan Breydel stadium in Brugge.
Belgium’s recent performance
In the first game of the friendly double round, Belgium showed the same qualities and defects that it indicated throughout the qualifiers. The midfield and the attack managed to create a series of opportunities against Mexico. But the fragility of the marking also allowed the rivals a significant number of finalizations. In the end, the score was 3 to 3.
The Belgians were twice ahead in the scoreline with goals from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. They took the turn, but arrived at the equality with another one pointed out by Lukaku.
The most significant number of the match may be in relation to possession of the ball. The Europeans allowed control of the ball to stay with the Mexicans for 55% of the time, showing that the lack of aggressiveness of the mark can be expensive in the World Cup, although the dominion of the ball has not been transformed in greater number of finalizations. Mexico attempted ten kicks against 15 of the Belgians and scored only four against seven of the rival. However, it was more accurate.
At the end of the day, coach Roberto Martinez should have been pleased to have lifted the undefeated Belgian national team to 14. There were ten wins and four draws. On Tuesday, facing a technically more fragile opponent, the coach will probably take advantage of the friendly to give opportunities to some reserves.
For this, the following athletes are available: Courtois (Chelsea), Mignolet (Liverpool), Sels (Anderlecht), Casteels (Wolfsburg); Boyata (Celtic), Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Kabasele (Watford), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Vermaelen (Barcelona), Vertonghen (Tottenham); Chadli (West Bromwich), De Bruyne (Manchester City), Defour (Burnley), Dembele (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Nainggolan ), Mirallas (Everton), Tielemans (Monaco), Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian); Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Origi (Wolfsburg) Depoitre (Huddersfield)
The current form of Japan
The Japanese had the Brazilian team as a rival in the first match of the friendly double round. Even before a team with a series of experiences, showed great defensive fragility and lost by 3 to 1.
In practice, the friendly was played in half. Brazil played only in the first half, when they made it 3-0. In the second, the technician Tite promoted a series of modifications disfiguring the team. The Japanese took advantage of the lack of interest of the Brazilians to make their goal one of only two finalizations that managed to send on the target in 90 minutes.
To face the Belgians, the Asian team had the following called:
Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (FC Metz / France), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka) and Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds);
Defenders: Hiroki Sakai (Marseille / France), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg / Germany),
Yuto Nagatomo (Inter / Italy), Shintaro Kurumaya (Kawasaki Frontale), Maya Yoshida (Southampton / England), Genta Miura (Gamba Osaka), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds) and Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers)
Socks: Makoto Hasebe (Frankfurt / Germany), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cherry Osaka), Yosuke Ideguchi (Gamba Osaka), Shamba Kaka (Gamba Osaka), Ryota Morioka (Waasland- Beveren / Belgium) and Kazuki Nagasawa (Urawa Reds)
Taken by Yuya Kubo (Gent / Belgium), Takuma Asano (Stuttgart / Germany), Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin / Germany), Takashi Inui (Eibar / Spain), Yuya Osako (Cologne / Germany), Kenyu Sugimoto Shinzo Koroki (Urawa Reds)
History of the matches Belgium vs Japan
The Japanese were never defeated by the Belgians. They won two out of four games. The other two were equal. One such game was at the 2002 World Cup, which was divided between Japanese and South Koreans. There was a 2-2 draw.
Even if you put a team with a larger number of athletes in the field that might qualify as reserves, Belgium has a much higher technical quality and should be indicated as a better guess for the duel. It has a price of 1.33 in Bet365. Draw shows a return of 5.25 and Japanese success multiplies the investment by 8.00.