Lukaku to seal Belgium's qualification

Den Dreef in Leuven will see international action for the second time in the space of four days as Belgium welcome Denmark for the final, decisive match in the UEFA Nations League group stages. The encounter on Wednesday night looked to have a completely different complexion to it until Christian Eriksen's second strike against Iceland in injury time kept the Scandinavian country's hopes alive of booking their own passage to the knock-out phase. Nothing less than a win will do for visiting head coach Kasper Hjulmand, which could well play into the hosts', and Romelu Lukaku's, hands. Read our preview here:

Attack is the best form of attack

Under Roberto Martinez, Belgium seldom ever shut up shop or play for the draw. There's little scope for that suddenly changing against Denmark, and with both Thomas Meunier and Axel Witsel now suspended for the decisive clash, the starting eleven will probably look more offensive-minded than ever before. Jan Vertonghen might not have three games in his legs in just the expanse of a week, but of more concern are the flanks. As previously noted, Thorgan Hazard is not a natural fit on the left, and he might now be joined on the right by Nacer Chadli - the duo are ostensibly wingers or attacking midfielders for their club sides, so will naturally try to play to their strengths and push forward. De rød-hvide will probably look to keep things fairly tight behind Eriksen, so it will be up to the pair to pin back their opposite numbers to starve the Danes of chances to break out. Lukaku looked ominously dangerous in the triumph over England without getting his reward, and will be doubly determined as a consequence to rectify that.

Have a Kjær!

Key to stifling Lukaku and all the other threats in red and gold will be captain and centre-back Simon Kjær. The organisation of the back three ahead of Kasper Schmeichel (if fit) will fall squarely on his shoulders. Nullifying the target man won't in itself stop the team ranked number one in the world by FIFA, but it will cut down significantly the time they can spend camped in Denmark's territory. The onus must be on sucking them in and playing on the break with good numbers; the last thing Hazard or Chadli will want is to spend time sprinting back into their own half to cover, and the likes of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and the versatile Daniel Wass should be attempting to orchestrate those whenever possible. Hjulmand won't go hell for leather on the off, and there are always opportunities that present themselves against the European giants.

Finish with aplomb

The reverse fixture ended 2-0 to Belgium in Copenhagen. Since then, Denmark haven't lost a match, including in the two matches against England. Man for man, the Three Lions have a better squad, but there is a finer balance in the team that will take to the field on Wednesday, as they have already proven. Eriksen will doubtlessly pose a severe threat to any chance of a clean sheet for Thibault Courtois. 888sport are offering odds of 4.33 for Lukaku to get the opener in what is sure to be a closely contested, dramatic finale.

More recent betting tips

Bet closesTipsterEventBetOddsResult
28 Nov
14:00
Brentford vs. Everton
English Premier League
Bet: Brentford (-0.25) Handicap
 
28 Nov
14:00
Burnley vs Tottenham
English Premier League
Bet: Tottenham to win
 
28 Nov
15:30
Chelsea vs. Manchester United
English Premier League
Bet: Chelsea to score over 2.5 goals
 
28 Nov
20:00
Real Madrid vs. Sevilla
Spanish La Liga
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
 

More news and promotions

Claim a first rate bonus for football betting with Betway!

Football 1 November 2021

Betway are without a doubt our football betting site of choice and they're offering you the chance to claim a world class welcome bonus for all the biggest and best matches and ... Read more

Betway Cricket is offering a massive bonus of ₹8000

Betway India are offering all new players a chance to claim a fantastic cricket bonus ahead of IPL 2021! Read more

Bet9ja promotion will change your sports betting forever!

30 October 2021

Bet9ja is one of the best Nigerian betting sites out there today. We'll show you how you can kickstart your betting journey with a top of line Bet9ja bonus. Read more

Betway Free Bet is taking South Africa by storm and here's why!

29 October 2021

It's perhaps the biggest bonus in sports betting today and we're about to show you just how you can get your hands on it. Read on to find out more! Read more

Betway Ghana's brand new bonus is a must have for sports betting!

28 October 2021

Betway Ghana have rolled out a new bonus for their top of the line sportsbook. Here's how you can claim your bonus and get started today Read more