Both sides head into the meeting in Lucerne on Sunday knowing that a victory could see them finish top of Group A2
Belgium will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent winning record in the UEFA Nations League when they travel to Switzerland.
The Red Devils beat Iceland 2-0 on Thursday thanks to a Michy Batshuayi double, to add to their two previous victories in League A Group 2.
Switzerland, on the other hand, have six points from their opening three games of the tournament, with their only defeat coming in October’s 2-1 loss to Belgium.
They will be hoping to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat to Qatar on Wednesday evening, when the Swiss were on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline against the hosts of the 2022 World Cup – and the 96th-ranked side in the world.
|Game||Switzerland v Belgium|
|Date||Sunday, November 18th|
|Time||7:45pm BST/2:45pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed online via the Sky Go app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Football||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Sommer, Mvogo, Omlin|
|Defenders||Rodriguez, Schar, Lang, Moubandje, Klose, Elvedi, Mbabu, Benito, Lacroix|
|Midfielders||Shaqiri, Xhaka, Zuber, Zakaria, Freuler, Fernandes, Fassnacht, Sow|
|Forwards||Seferovic, Gavranovic, Ajeti, Oberlin|
Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner will miss the game due to a hamstring injury he picked up in Arsenal’s recent victory against Sporting Lisbon.
In his place, fellow Gunners team-mate Granit Xhaka will likely skipper the side on Sunday.
Potential Switzerland XI: Mvogo, Lang, Schar, Lacroix, Benito, Xhaka, Zakaria, Seferovic, Shaqiri, Zuber, Gavranovic.
|Goalkeepers||Courtois, Mignolet, Casteels, Sels|
|Defenders||Alderweireld, Dendoncker, Kompany, Denayer, Meunier, Kabasele, Mechele, Boyata|
|Midfielders||Witsel, Vanaken, Tielemans, Januzaj, Castagne, Chadli, Praet|
|Forwards||Lukaku, E.Hazard, Mertens, T.Hazard, Batshuayi, Origi|
Yannick Carrasco’s passport issues mean he has been replaced in the squad by Liverpool striker Divock Origi.
He may also have been called up as cover for Romelu Lukaku, who sat out Thursday’s win over Iceland with a hamstring injury.
It’s unclear whether he will be fit for the trip to Switzerland, but if unavailable, he would join a long list of absentees including Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele and Christian Benteke.
Potential Belgium XI: Courtois, Boyata, Kompany, Alderweireld, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, T.Hazard, Mertens, Batshuayi, E.Hazard.
Betting & Match Odds
Belgium are priced as 6/5 favourites with bet365. A home win can be selected for 13/5, while a draw is 12/5 with the bookmakers.
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It’s not quite a winner-takes-all clash on Sunday, but Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic knows his side will top the group with a 1-0 or 2-1 win, or if they can claim victory by two or more clear goals.
For Belgium, their task is much simpler – win or draw and they qualify for the final four tournament in 2019. Should they win, Roberto Martinez’s men could also become the first side in the top tier of the Nations League to claim maximum points in the group – only Portugal can do likewise.
With Iceland losing all four games, both teams know they cannot finish bottom and be relegated to League B.
Belgium last travelled to Switzerland in 2016, for a pre-European Championship friendly. The Red Devils won 2-1 on that occasion thanks to goals from Lukaku and De Bruyne.
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The Manchester United forward was also on the scoresheet when the sides met last month in Brussels. If available, he could once again prove to be the difference between the sides, given his superb recent record on the international stage.
Lukaku has notched an impressive five goals in four games for Belgium following the World Cup.
“We’ll take it day by day, see how he feels and we’ll take it [him playing] into consideration,” Martinez commented recently on the striker’s fitness levels.