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Courtois And De Bruyne To Return | 3-4-2-1 Belgium Predicted Lineup Vs Wales

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Belgium will entertain Wales at the King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday night as they try to pick up a good result in front of their home supporters. The Belgian players managed to secure a 1-0 win over Poland in their last UEFA Nations League outing. Hence, they will be full of confidence ahead of this European game in midweek.

Roberto Martinez will probably set his team up in a 3-4-2-1 formation and is expected to name a strong first XI for this game. Both Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne will get the nod to play from the start this week.

3-4-2-1 Belgium Predicted Lineup To Face Wales

Defence

Thibaut Courtois will function in goal for Belgium while Simon Mignolet offers cover for him on the bench. Martinez could name a back three of Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld for this contest at home. All three defenders need to be at their best if they want to stop Wales from scoring.

Leander Dendoncker will provide some added cover for the defensive positions on Martinez’s bench.

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Midfield

Axel Witsel will anchor the midfield along with Youri Tielemans as they focus on dominating the game at the centre of the park and orchestrating enough chances for Belgium to win this European clash.

Yannick Carrasco will function as the left-sided wide player while Timothy Castagne hopes to catch the eye on the right flank. Both of them will be given the freedom to make some overlapping runs out on the wide areas.

The gifted duo of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will probably get an opportunity to impress as the free-flowing, attacking midfielders in the Wales half. De Bruyne has enjoyed a good run of form for Manchester City of late and would look forward to catching the eye while representing his nation in midweek.

Dennis Praet will have to settle for a spot on the bench but might come on to make an impact in the second 45 minutes if Martinez decides to call upon his services.

Attack

Michy Batshuayi will lead the line for Belgium on the attacking end of the field. He would be eager to cause a few problems for the Wales defenders and might fancy his chances of finding the back of the net if he laces up this Thursday night.

Leandro Trossard and Dries Mertens will have to be content with a place on the bench as they wait for their chance to impress in the latter stages of the game if Belgium are in need of a goal by then.

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