Belgium and Netherlands will aim to make a winning start to their UEFA Nations League 2022/23 campaign when they go head to head at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels in the early hours of Saturday, June 4. The match will kick off at 12:15 AM IST.
The home team is set to miss the services of Thibaut Courtois due to a groin strain. The good thing, however, remains that Eden Hazard is in contention to start and may get a nod alongside Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne.
For the Netherlands, there are no injury concerns whatsoever, meaning that they have a full-fledged squad ready to take the field.
Belgium vs Netherlands odds for UEFA Nations League 2022/23
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Belgium vs Netherlands recent form
Despite having a strong squad at their disposal, Belgium have struggled for consistency in their last few matches, having played back-to-back draws against Ireland and Wales. Before that, however, the team won four of their last five matches. During this time, the team scored three or more goals on three occasions.
As for the Netherlands, although they have scored goals at will, they too have played two draws in their last five matches. One of them came against Germany in March and the other against Montenegro in November last year.
Belgium: W, D, D, W, W
Netherlands: D, W, W, D, W
Belgium vs Netherlands head-to-head
In a total of 127 matches between Belgium and the Netherlands, the latter holds the edge with 55 wins as compared to Belgium’s 41 victories. As many as 31 games have been drawn.
Interestingly enough, since their 0-0 draw in the 1998 World Cup, Belgium and Netherlands haven’t played a competitive match. Between 1999 to the date of writing, they have played seven international friendlies, where Belgium have won two while five matches have been drawn.
Last five results:
Belgium 1-1 Netherlands (2018)
Netherlands 1-1 Belgium (2016)
Belgium 4-2 Netherlands (2012)
Netherlands 0-1 Belgium (2004)
Belgium 1-1 Netherlands (2003)
Belgium vs Netherlands prediction and football betting tips for UEFA Nations League 2022/23
Given the quality Belgium have in their roster, it’s no surprise that the odds are strongly in their favour. Add their recent record against the Netherlands and they have what it takes to beat Louis van Gaal’s side.
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