Preview: Republic of Ireland vs Belgium – prediction, team news, rosters


Sports Mole preview Saturday’s international friendlies clash between the Republic of Ireland and Belgium, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Republic of Ireland will be looking to extend their streak of unbeaten forms to seven matches when they face Belgium in an international friendly match on Saturday evening.

The home side last played against Luxembourg in November, recording a 3-0 victory in their final 2022 World Cup qualifier, while Belgium drew 1-1 with the country of Wales in their last qualifying match.

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The Republic of Ireland have won two and drawn in their last five World Cup qualifiers, but that wasn’t enough to help them finish in the top two, with a record nine points in eight games leaving them third, so Stephane KennyThe team will not be present at this year’s competition.

The Boys in Green have indeed failed to qualify for each of the last five World Cups, while they were also not present at Euro 2020, their last appearance in a major tournament having taken place. at Euro 2016.

The Republic of Ireland will bring a six-match unbeaten streak to this contest, despite having lost just one of their last 10 international matches, so there’s certainly reason to be positive.

Kenny’s side will face Belgium and Lithuania in their two friendlies this month before returning to UEFA Nations League competition against Ukraine in early June.

The Republic of Ireland, who beat Luxembourg 3-0 in their last game in November, have not beaten Belgium since a friendly in May 1966 and lost 3-0 to their European compatriot in Euro 2016.

 Belgian coach Roberto Martinez, November 16, 2021© Reuters

Belgium, however, qualified for the 2022 World Cup, picking up 20 points from eight matches to finish top of Group E, securing an automatic place in the final of the competition.

Roberto MartinezThe team have won just one of their last four games, losing twice to France and Italy in the UEFA Nations League in October, while they will enter this game after a 1-1 draw against Wales in their last World Cup. qualifying game.

Belgium will face the Republic of Ireland and Burkina Faso in their two friendlies this month before starting their UEFA Nations League campaign against the Netherlands in early June.

The Red Devils will be looking to the World Cup, however, and are expected to make a serious impression in the competition, having finished third in the 2018 edition of the tournament.

Belgium also reached the quarter-finals in 2014, in addition to the last eight of Euro 2016 and Euro 2020, so it would be a surprise if they weren’t present in the later stages of the competition.

Republic of Ireland international friendlies form:

Form of the Republic of Ireland (all competitions):

Form Belgium International Friendly Matches:

Belgium form (all competitions):

Team News

Belgian Kevin De Bruyne with Belgian coach Roberto Martinez after being substituted following injury on June 27, 2021© Reuters

The Republic of Ireland will be without Darragh Lenihanwho was forced out of the squad due to injury, while there are notable absentees in the form of Jamie McGrath and Adam Ida.

callum robinsonwho has scored seven times for his country, is expected to lead the line, while Troy Parrot and Chiedozie Ogbene could also feature in the bottom third of the pack.

A back three should include the captain Seamus Colemanwhile Matt Doherty and James McClean are likely to play in the winger positions for the home side in Dublin.

As for Belgium, Martinez decided to leave the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku out of the team in order to give opportunities to other players who want to participate in the World Cup.

As a result, the away team will not be at full strength for this fixture, but there are still expected to be Premier League representatives in the form of Youri Tielemans and Divock Original.

There are five unselected players in the Belgium squad, including the Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Thomas Kaminskyand all five hope to be involved during the international break.

Possible starting line-up from the Republic of Ireland:
Bazunu; Coleman, Duffy, Egan; Doherty, Cullen, Hendrick, McClean; Parrott, Robinson, Ogbene

Possible starting line-up for Belgium:
Mignolet; Boyata, Theate, Denayer; Saelemaekers, Vanaken, Tielemans, T Hazard; Doku, Origi, Trossard

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We say: Republic of Ireland 2-2 Belgium

The Republic of Ireland will be counting on their chances of a positive result against an under-strength Belgian side on Saturday, and we anticipate an entertaining game in Dublin. The home side will try to take another step in the right direction, and we hope their unbeaten run continues here.


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