New bosses to provide spark as Belgium face Spain
After both failing to live up to expectations at Euro 2016, two of Europe’s biggest nations go head to head this evening as Belgium host Spain.
Belgium were beaten in the quarter-finals in France, as Gareth Bale’s Wales beat them 3–1. Spain also fell early, at the round of 16, beaten 2–0 by Italy.
Those results led to both managers leaving their positions, and there are two new bosses in charge: Roberto Martinez for Belgium and Julen Lopetegui for Spain. They’ll both be looking to kick off their respective reigns with a win tonight.
Recent meetings between these two have been very one sided, with Spain winning eight and drawing one of their last 10 clashes.
While friendlies can often be lacking in tempo and passion, I think players from both teams to do their best to impress their new managers — I expect this to be a cracker.
Going against their recent form, however, I am predicting a Belgium win. The Belgians have won 83% of their last 12 home games, remaining undefeated in that time, and are a generous 2.49 with Sportsbet.io to win again tonight.
We could see goals too — Sportsbet.io make it 2.08 to have over 2.5 goals in Brussels. In their last 10 meetings, these two have shared 29 goals, with no game having less than two strikes.
Going on this basis, Sportsbet.io’s 1.85 for both teams to score could be worth an investment.
It should be an interesting, end-to-end game, but I think Martinez can sneak a win over the country of his birth.