The second semi-final of the Nations League pits Belgium against France in another heavyweight international clash.
Spain await the winners after besting Italy 2-1 in the first semi-final, and this game should be an equally tight affair between the world’s number one ranked team and the current World Cup holders.
For Belgium, it’s an opportunity to finally get over the line before their so-called ‘golden generation’ of players enter the twilight of their careers, and they may not get a better opportunity to defeat France – whose midfield is lacking experience to say the least.
Here’s how Roberto Martinez, recently linked with the Barcelona job, may line up to get the job done.
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – Closing in on 100 international caps but yet to enjoy any glory. A clean sheet here and Belgium have a great chance.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – A move to Qatar in the summer may suggest Alderweireld is over the hill and past it, but that would be a premature assessment. Tough evening ahead.
Dedryck Boyata (CB) – If you had to single out a weak link in Belgium’s defence, it would probably be Boyata. That said, he’s showing greater consistency.
Jan Vertonghen (CB) – Another veteran, Belgium must ensure Vertonghen is not exposed in the pace department. Will win his 133rd cap.
Thomas Meunier (RWB) – A big threat going forward but equally a big threat to Belgium’s defensive structure.
Axel Witsel (CM) – Has a major experience advantage over France’s midfield and must look to dominate.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – Tielemans isn’t enjoying himself at club level right now with Leicester horrifically out of form. Has the quality to make something out of nothing though.
Thorgan Hazard (LWB) – Wing-back isn’t the natural role of Hazard #2, but he proved he’s more than capable during the Euros.
Leandro Trossard (AM) – A terrific start to the season for Trossard, and Brighton, could see him handed a start in an exciting midfield.
Kevin De Bruyne (AM) – The best midfielder in the world, probably, De Bruyne is still looking for his best form – but the more minutes he gets under his belt, and the bigger the occasion, the more you fancy him to shine.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – Lukaku’s goal return for Belgium over the last five years is 56 strikes in 58 games. PARDON?!