Michael Owen, a former Manchester United and Actual Madrid ahead, has predicted a few of this midweek’s World Cup qualifiers.
Belgium will host Wales on the King Energy at Den Dreef Stadion on Wednesday night time, whereas England will deal with San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Thursday night time.
Italy will host Northern Eire Scotland at Ennio Tardini in Parma on Thursday night time, whereas Scotland will face Austria.
Offering his predictions, Owen instructed BetVictor: “We should return to 2016 when these two final met. Belgium ended Wales’ epic Euro 2016 run with a 3-1 win within the quarter-finals.
“Since then, Belgium has stayed in and across the summit of the world rankings, and I get the sensation that if they’re to win a trophy, it can come within the subsequent couple of years.
“Romelu Lukaku has netted 40 targets in 38 appearances below Roberto Martinez, and if he’s within the temper, I believe the striker might play a giant half in a house win. Belgium 2, Wales 0.”
Commenting on the Italy vs Northern Eire recreation, Owen stated, “Unbelievably, Italy haven’t misplaced a house match within the Euros/World Cup qualifying marketing campaign since a 3-2 defeat to Denmark in a Euro 2000 qualifier in September 1999.
“So, it’s truthful to say this shall be a troublesome activity for the away aspect. They arrive right here winless in every of their final ten matches in all competitions, drawing 4 and shedding six.
“For me, Italy seems to be stable, so I wouldn’t be stunned to see them come away with a snug win. Italy 2, Northern Eire 0.”
On the Scotland vs Austria match, Owen stated, “With qualification to Euro 2020 secured on the finish of final yr, I’m positive there’ll nonetheless be a feel-good issue amongst the Scotland squad once they meet up forward of this conflict at Hampden.
“Nevertheless, since that memorable night time, the Scots have misplaced back-to-back matches. They welcome an Austria aspect that appears to relish enjoying away from residence. The Austrians received all 4 of their matches on their travels in 2020, so I anticipate them to return right here and have a go.
“I don’t assume there’s a large quantity between these two, and given each side lack targets in current matches, I’m siding with a 1-1 attract Glasgow. Scotland 1, Austria 1.”
Talking on the England vs San Marino conflict, Owen stated, “The go to of San Marino to Wembley provides Gareth Southgate the prospect to relaxation a number of gamers. The gulf between these two is there for everybody to see, which isn’t nice when you’re a impartial.
“That stated, it’s the best alternative to herald fringe gamers to spice up squad morale going into future matches.
“I’ve little doubt that England shall be skilled, and in the event that they play anyplace close to their greatest, I believe it may very well be a protracted night time for the guests. England 6, San Marino 0.”
The kick-off time for all of the matches is 8:45 pm.