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 evening, whereas England will deal with San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Thursday evening.
Italy will host Northern Eire Scotland at Ennio Tardini in Parma on Thursday evening, 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’ll come within the subsequent couple of years.
“Romelu Lukaku has netted 40 objectives in 38 appearances below Roberto Martinez, and if he’s within the temper, I believe the striker might play an enormous half in a house win. Belgium 2, Wales 0.”
Commenting on the Italy vs Northern Eire recreation, Owen mentioned, “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 honest to say this might be a troublesome process for the away facet. They arrive right here winless in every of their final ten matches in all competitions, drawing 4 and dropping six.
“For me, Italy seems to be strong, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see them come away with a snug win. Italy 2, Northern Eire 0.”
On the Scotland vs Austria match, Owen mentioned, “With qualification to Euro 2020 secured on the finish of final yr, I’m certain 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 evening, the Scots have misplaced back-to-back matches. They welcome an Austria facet that appears to relish taking part in 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 either side lack objectives 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 mentioned, “The go to of San Marino to Wembley offers Gareth Southgate the possibility to relaxation just a few gamers. The gulf between these two is there for everybody to see, which isn’t nice if you happen to’re a impartial.
“That mentioned, it’s the perfect alternative to usher in fringe gamers to spice up squad morale going into future matches.
“I’ve little doubt that England might be skilled, and in the event that they play anyplace close to their finest, I believe it may very well be an extended evening for the guests. England 6, San Marino 0.”
The kick-off time for all of the matches is 8:45 pm.