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Belgium vs Republic of Ireland preview

Kick off: Saturday, 18 June @14:00 GMT

Venue: Stade Matmut-Atlantique (Bordeaux)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to Head Record

Belgium vs Republic of Ireland 2-1 (1998 World Cup qualifiers)
Republic of Ireland vs Belgium 1-1 (1998 World Cup qualifiers)
Republic of Ireland vs Belgium 0-0 (Euro 1988 qualifiers)
Belgium vs Republic of Ireland 2-2 (Euro 1988 qualifiers)
Belgium vs Republic of Ireland 1-0 (Euro 1982 qualifiers)

Belgium vs Republic of Ireland Team News

Premier League aces Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne both picked up knocks against Italy and they are both rated doubtful for the Ireland game. Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco has overcome his injury and he could be recalled to the starting line-up. It is well known that key defender Vincent Kompany misses Euro 2016 finals through injury. Tottenham Hotspur centre back Jan Vertonthen is one yellow card away from suspension.

Injured: None

Doubtful: Eden Hazard (66/13), Kevin De Bruyne (40/12)

Suspended: None

Jonathan Walters picked up a knock against Sweden and he is likely to miss the Belgium game through injury. James McClean, who produced a fine display in the Euro 2016 opener, is likely to replace Walters in the starting line-up. Robbie Keane is fit, but the veteran is likely to start from the bench. Coach Martin O’Neill is likely to stick to the 4-4-2 formation. The likes of Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy were cautioned by the referee against Sweden.

Injured: Jonathan Walters (40/10)

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Quick Facts

  • Republic of Ireland are after their first ever win over Belgium
  • Red Devils are on a three-game losing run at Euro finals
  • Belgium failed to score in last three games at European Championship finals
  • Ireland scored exactly one goal in four of their last five games
  • Martin O’Neill’s team recorded their last win at Euro finals back in 1988

Belgium vs Republic of Ireland Prediction

Seeing that Belgium dropped three points in the opening match of their Euro 2016 campaign against Italy, the Red Devils have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Republic of Ireland in their second group game. Marc Wilmots has a number of top-class players to choose from and despite the fact that Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are both rated doubtful for Saturday’s match, home win appears on the horizon.

Betting Tip: Belgium to win

Odds: 1.75 (3/4) @10Bet

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