Iceland v Belgium: line-ups, coaches’ views, form guide

HOW THE NATIONS LEAGUE WORKS

Possible line-ups

Iceland: Halldorsson; Sævarsson, Ingason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gislason, Hallfredsson, Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Bodvarsson, Sigurdarson

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, E Hazard

Reporter’s view: Johann Sigurdsson (@UEFAcomJohannS)

The performance in Friday’s 6-0 defeat against Switzerland was one of Iceland’s worst in many years, but the team have to set that aside. Belgium await on Tuesday, fresh from a third-place finish at the World Cup and a 4-0 friendly thrashing of Scotland. Iceland will need to be a whole lot better to stand a chance. In the past, they have shaken off tough defeats and beaten big sides. Can they do that again?

Highlights: Switzerland 6-0 Iceland

Highlights: Switzerland 6-0 Iceland

What the coaches say

Erik Hamrén, Iceland coach
We were playing against a very good [Switzerland] team but our performance wasn’t good. The first half was decent, but I’m not happy with how we worked together defensively. When they scored their third, we lost it. We lost the organisation and belief. That is my responsibility as a coach – to get the players to believe in what we are doing and work as a team.

Roberto Martínez, Belgium coach
Tuesday will be a different game [to the friendly in Scotland]. Iceland have much more experience. They were good at the EURO as well as the World Cup. It’ll be tough, especially away at their place, but we’re ready for it. The Nations League is important – it’s a new competition that we obviously want to win.

Michy Batshuayi after scoring against Scotland

Michy Batshuayi after scoring against Scotland©AFP/Getty Images

Form guide

Iceland

2018 World Cup
Qualifying – 1st in Group I (W7 D1 L2)
Final tournament – 4th in Group D (W0 D1 L2)

Last five matches (most recent first): LLLDD

Belgium

2018 World Cup
Qualifying – 1st in Group H (W9 D1 L0)
Final tournament – third place (W6 D0 L1)

Last five matches (most recent first): WWLWW

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