Wales will take on Belgium in the Nations League this week as they continue their preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
Robert Page’s men are eager to impress at this winter’s showpiece tournament but have just two games to fine tune their tactics before heading to Qatar.
Wales face Belgium and then Poland in the Nations League during the current international break.
The Dragons are bottom of Group A4 and are yet to win. They will need two big performances this week to avoid being relegated from the top groups.
But they face a huge task on their trip to Brussels with Belgium the second ranked team in the world and among the favourites for glory this winter.
Belgium v Wales: talkSPORT coverage
This Nations League Group A4 tie will take place on Thursday, September 22.
It is being held at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels and will kick off at 7:45pm UK time.
talkSPORT’s coverage will start at 7pm with Hugh Woozencroft while commentary will come from Nigel Adderley and former Wales striker Dean Saunders.
talkSPORT.com will also be running a live blog for all the action.
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Belgium v Wales: Team news
Wales have called up Birmingham teenager Jordan James following an hamstring injury to Joe Allen.
Tottenham defender Ben Davies is also out with a small leg fracture.
Wales are also without injured midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Harry Wilson and goalkeeper Adam Davies.
- Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Tom King
- Defenders: Neco Williams, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Ben Cabango, Joe Rodon, Chris Mepham, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Gunter, Connor Roberts
- Midfielders: Sorba Thomas, Jordan James, Joe Morrell, Dylan Levitt, Rubin Colwill, Jonny Williams, Matthew Smith
- Forwards: Wes Burns, Dan James, Kieffer Moore, Mark Harris, Luke Harris, Gareth Bale, Brennan Johnson, Rabbi Matondo, Tyler Roberts
- Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels
- Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Zeno Debast, Jason Denayer, Wout Faes, Brandon Mechele, Arthur Theate, Jan Vertonghen, Timothy Castagne, Thomas Meunier, Alexis Saelemaekers
- Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco, Thorgan Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Leander Dendoncker, Amadou Onana, Youri Tielemans, Hans Vanaken, Axel Witsel
- Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Charles De Ketelaere, Eden Hazard, Dodi Lukebakio, Dries Mertens, Lois Openda, Leandro Trossard
Belgium v Wales: What has been said?
Gareth Bale is at risk of missing Wales’ Nations League game in Belgium, despite making plans for a transatlantic dash to join the squad.
Boss Page said: “We haven’t gone into the detail of it yet, but all we know is he will be affected by it.
“He is not going to land until Tuesday and we have to get him from Heathrow.
“There will be a lot of planning as regards to, ‘is he going to be ready for the first game against Belgium?’
“If not, obviously then we might have to leave it for the Poland game.
“But his safety and health is the most important thing, so we will have to manage that.
“We want him in top condition, we don’t want him fatigued going into games and running the risk of injury.”
Belgium v Wales: Match facts
- In their last 13 away matches, Wales have either kept a clean sheet (six times) or conceded at least twice (seven times), shipping 18 goals.
- Belgium are the leading scorers in the UEFA Nations League with 37 goals, scoring in every game. The Belgians have also shipped 23 goals, with the 60 goals in their matches the most of any nation.
- Wales have lost three of their last five matches (W1 D1), losing 3-2 to the Netherlands last time out. They haven’t lost consecutive games since June 2021 at the Euros finals against Italy and Denmark.
- Belgium have won four of their last 10 matches (D3 L3), having won eight of their previous 10 (D1 L1). Their previous three defeats before this run came across a run of 38 matches.
- Since beating Belgium 3-1 at EURO 2016, Wales are winless in three matches against Belgium (D2 L1).
- Belgium have never lost a home match against Wales in seven previous meetings on home soil (W4 D3), winning 3-1 in the most recent game at Den Dreef in March 2021.
- Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi has been involved in five goals in his last six appearances for Belgium (3 goals, 2 assists), including an assist against Wales in June.
- Brennan Johnson has scored in his last two appearances for Wales – his first two goals for the Welsh – although hasn’t ended on the winning side in either (D1 L1).
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