Belgium finished top of their World Cup qualifying with ease, dropping just two points in their ten games and finishing some nine points ahead of 2nd placed Greece. This leaves Roberto Martinez time to fine tune his tactics in these friendly affairs as he tries to make good use of the abundance of talent available to him.
It’s fair to say those tactics didn’t quite work on Friday though. Attacking wise they were excellent as Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku combined to put three past Mexico, but they were shocking at the back, twice seeing their lead cancelled out and eventually needing a 70th minute equaliser after Hirving Lozano’s brace.
This ended a six match winning streak for the Belgians, but they will be expecting to get back to winning ways on Tuesday. Japan are pushing themselves very hard in these friendlies as they gear up for Russia next summer, with them facing Brazil at home in the first of these two friendlies.
They lost that game 3-1, and it could have been more in fairness. Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, and Marcelo had put the visitors 3-0 up in the first half, and it’s only because the Brazilians slowed down their attacking mentality in the second half that it wasn’t an absolute goalfest.
Japan have now won two, drawn three, and lost two of their last eight outings, but the majority of their opposition has been far inferior to Belgium. Their match against Brazil is the only comparable fixture, and a 3-1 loss at home doesn’t breed much confidence in their ability to perform in Brugge.
Belgium’s defence may be lacking, but that certainly makes for some entertaining matches. They have seen a ridiculous 53 goals scored in their last ten matches, including an 8-1 win over Estonia, a 9-0 battering of Gibraltar, and a 4-3 thriller against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
At home their goalscoring threat is even more evident, with them seeing a total of 39 goals in their seven games since the end of Euro 2016, 33 of which have been scored by the hosts. Five of their last seven at home have seen at least four goals, so backing Over 3.5 Goals alongside a 4-1 win for the hosts looks a good choice here.
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