Red Devils can qualify for a 'virtual' European Championship tonight: this is the likely setupSeptember 9, 2019
The Red Devils can almost completely crack open the gateway to the European Championship in Glasgow. If the Belgians and Russia win tonight against Scotland and Kazakhstan, only one point is needed for the Devils to also be officially placed for the European Nations Championship that will take place next year from 12 June to 12 July. Belgium then has eleven points more than Kazakhstan with four games to go.
But actually there is no longer any doubt about the qualification with home games against weak brothers like San Marino and Cyprus on the program. "If we win, we are not officially qualified, but virtually qualified," said Martinez, who is always super careful.
A more concrete and higher goal should be to try to reach 30 out of 30 in this preliminary round with weak opponents. That only happened three times in an EC preliminary round. With Belgium and Russia winning, the first place also becomes the bet.
Everyone was fit for the last training at Hampden Park. Roberto Martinez can therefore choose from 25 players. Origi and Januzaj, two culprits against San Marino on Friday, are falling out of the base. Mertens and Lukaku replaced them. Vermaelen also replaces Denayer as central defender.
Just like before the match in San Marino, the question is who will play at Eden Hazard. Will that be Carrasco, who then forms a duo with Chadli on the left? Or is the national coach De Bruyne moving one row higher and will Dendoncker end up in midfield next to Tielemans? The De Bruyne-Tielemans duo did not do well in San Marino.
Hampden Park (51,000 places) is barely half filled tonight after the disappointing results of the Tartan Army.
Probable arrangement of Red Devils:
Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tielemans, Chadli, De Bruyne, Carrasco, Mertens, Lukaku
READ ALSO. Roberto Martinez wanted to "deceive nobody against San Marino" and, together with Mertens, expressed support for Lukaku.
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