Belgium vs Wales – Match preview and team news

Wales will be aiming to build on a positive start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they travel to Belgium for their most difficult game in Group B.

Two strong, battling performances and four points from two home games during the last international week in October had the Welsh supporters believing that they can reach a major tournament finals for the first time since 1958.

Matching a good Bosnia & Herzegovina team was highly encouraging, before more spirit was needed to see off a Cyprus side in a game in which they played a large period with 10 men, suggesting that everyone is pulling together in the same direction, something which Chris Coleman’s men arguably failed on in qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

Added to that is the quality that Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in particular bring to the side. The latter is back having missed both games in October, and he alongside the world’s most expensive player could give their top-seeded opponents plenty of problems.

Despite reaching the last eight of the World Cup in June and July, the consensus was that Belgium did not fulfil their potential in Brazil in terms of their level of performance. It is largely the same group of players, and they sit three points behind Wales in the group although they have a game in hand.

Andy King is suspended for Wales after his red card against Cyprus, while Simon Church, Jonathan Williams, Sam Vokes and David Edwards are all injured. Belgium are without captain Vincent Kompany.

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