Sweden failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup while Belgium had a poor World Cup campaign as they were eliminated in the group stage.
A new era starts for the Red Devils, now that they are under Domeneco Tedesco and with much of their golden generation now retired. Both teams will be looking to kick-start a new era from this game onwards.
Belgium had a poor World Cup campaign as they failed to advance beyond the group stage. They claimed a lucky 1-0 win over Canada despite the North Americans dominating them for large spells of the game. They followed that up with a 2-0 defeat against World Cup surprise package Morocco before drawing 0-0 with Croatia.
A new generation now starts for Belgium under Martinez and it will be interesting to see how they play in this game.
Sweden head into the game on the back of two wins, against Iceland and Finland.
Latest Sweden results
Sweden’s last game was their 2-1 win over Iceland in January.
Sweden have won their last two games (against Iceland and Finland).
Sweden last lost when Serbia beat them 4-1 in the UEFA Nations League last September.
Latest Belgium results
Belgium’s last game was their 0-0 draw with Croatia.
Belgium have won one out of their last five games (against Canada).
Belgium have lost three out of their last five games (against Morocco, Egypt and the Netherlands).
It will be a game of many mistakes as both sides adjust to new players, arrangements and tactics with the long-term in mind. In the end, I expect them to cancel each other out and to play out to a 1-1 draw. It will be a scrappy game but will feature some interesting goals.
Anytime Goal Scorers
Sweden-Alexander Isak- The 23-year-old has been in briilliant form for Newcastle in the English Premier League. He has drawn comparisons to the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic and will be expcted to play a big role for the Swedes over the next four years.
Belgium- Romelu Lukaku- The 68 time goalscorer will be a leader for the Red Devils on and off the field going forward. He will lead the line likely for his team in this game and can be expected to bury any opportunities that he gets.
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Eshlin Vedan is a professional sports Journalist from South Africa. He has a degree in Journalism from Rhodes University and has vast experience writing articles for national media and viral websites.