Nations League: Belgium - Iceland

08.09.2020

As the Nations League season 2020-2021 is heading into its second matchday, all European and UEFA-affiliated national football teams get their action in the group phases. Thanks to the current format, the games are more evenly matched, which means that pretty much every game is a high-stake game if you can find the right odds! Why not hunt those odds in this evening’s top bill between Belgium and Iceland?

The Red Devils had a good start of the competition, beating Denmark with 0-2 on Saturday. They are fully expected to go on winning, however strange it may be in an empty King Baudouin Stadium. Do you have any idea how this game will go for the Belgians? Check out our preview, where we will take a look at some key info that we can then use for smarter winning bets!

Belgium – Iceland (King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Tuesday, September 8, 8.45 p.m.)

Belgium and Iceland have a history in the Nations League, and it’s unkind for the Icelandic outfit. In the inaugural 2018-2019 season of Europe’s national competition that replaces the friendlies, Belgium won both of the group phase games: 0-3 in Iceland and 2-0 in Belgium.

Furthermore, Iceland has not managed to make a single goal against Belgium in eight competitive games. The last time Iceland managed to net against the Red Devils was in a 5-2 World Cup qualifier defeat, back in 1957. The head-to-head record is one-sided, too: Belgium won all 11 games so far.

It’s important to note, however, that the Icelanders are as fierce as they are small. They impressed against England on Saturday, holding on until the very end when a penalty goal by the English a missed penalty crushed their hopes of a fair draw. The game showed the notorious toughness of Iceland.

Belgium can’t simply count on its history against Iceland – underestimating the opposition from the barren island nation could prove an expensive mistake indeed. The Red Devils don’t have the support of the home crowd, or any crowd for that matter, either. Still, a victory for Belgium seems fairly obvious.

Statistics

Head-to-head record (11 games):

Belgium:
  • 11 victories
  • 0 draws
  • 0 defeats
Iceland:
  • 0 victories
  • 0 draws
  • 11 defeats

Form guide:

Recent head-to-head results (friendly and competitive):

  • September 11, 2007: Iceland – Belgium: 0-0 (International Friendly)
  • November 20, 2007: Belgium – Iceland: 1-2 (International Friendly)
  • November 12, 2014: Belgium – Iceland: 3-1 (International Friendly)
  • September 11, 2018: Iceland – Belgium: 0-3 (Nations League)
  • November 15, 2018: Belgium – Iceland: 2-0 (Nations League)

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