Belgium will be looking for their first win of the tournament when they face Republic of Ireland in the second game at Stade Matmut Atlantique on 18 June. Despite being full of star studded players Belgium attacking players were completely out of the game against Italy in the first game, their performance were below par and they will now have to play in enormous pressure against Ireland. A defeat again in this match for Belgium will make huge possibility for their exit from the tournament.
Meanwhile Ireland were superb on their first match against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s side Sweden. Hoolahan 47 minute thunderous goal gave Martin O’Neil side first goal but Ciaran Clark own goal in injury time levelled the match. Ireland will be now hoping to repeat the similar performance and will be prepared to get maximum points against talented Belgium side.
Belgium Vs Ireland IST Time and Live Stream
Match: Belgium Vs Ireland (European Championship, Group stage)
Date and Time: June 18, 2016; 6:30 pm (IST)
Venue: France, Stade Matmut Atlantique
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Belgium Vs Ireland Team News
Lukaku was completely out of the game against Italy, he could lose his place against Divock Origi while Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne are expected to start upfront in opposition goal.
Meanwhile John O’shea was superb in last match against Sweden and will cement his position with Clark in defensive duty while experiencer Walters and Shane Long are likely to start up front.
Belgium: Predicted line up (4–2‑3–1)
Courtois – Ciman, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen – Witsel, Nainggolan – De Bruyne, Fellaini, Hazard, Origi
Ireland: Predicted line up (4–3‑1–2)
Randolph; Coleman, O’Shea, Clark, Brady; McCarthy, Whelan, Hendrick; Hoolahan; Walters, Long
Belgium Vs Ireland Heat to Head
Belgium have not lost a single game in their last seven meetings. This will be the first time this two teams will face in European Championship. Their last meetings in major tournament was in 1998 World Cup qualification where the game ended 2–1 in favor of the Belgians.
Belgium Vs Ireland prediction
Belgium will have to play with full attack in this match and with enormous pressure, we expect their attacking players will deliver something on the big stage. We expect the match to win by at-least two goal margin in favor of Belgium
Final prediction: Belgium 2–0 Ireland