Belgium hosts Sweden at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels, Belgium for the Euro 2024 Qualifier match. The Red Devils have already qualified for the final tournament in Germany, next summer but the Swedish hopes of qualifying for the campaign is hanging by a thread. They will be needed to beat Belgium and hope that second place Austria slip up to keep their chances alive.
Belgium have won five of their six games and drawn one, which show how much of a dominant force Domenico Tedesco's team been. The Red Devils, after their disappointing 2022 World Cup campaign have managed to turn things around in their favour.
They book their tickets to Germany in their previous match against Austria, where they beat them 3-2. Belgium and Austria were the top two teams of Group F, and a win for either one of them confirmed qualification.
And Euro Qualifier's record goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku's goal proved to be vital for Belgium's qualification. They match seemed to be edging towards a draw, which would've been a more fairer result but Belgium came out on top.
Domenico Tedesco would like Belgium to perform better and go further in the 2024 Euros after their disappointing exits in their last two tournaments. They're 10 points clear of Sweden and likely to make their qualification a little harder.
As stated earlier, Sweden's chances are hanging by a thread. A win for the Austrians will do it for them but Sweden have made it extremely difficult for themselves at the moment. Even if they beat Belgium, their fate is not in their own hands.
In their previous encounter against Belgium, Sweden lost 3-0 in the opening day of the Euro 2024 Qualifier. Since then, Janne Andersson's team have managed to pick up just six points.
Sweden are on the verge of missing out on the Euros for the first time since 1996 but to avoid that they will be looking to get into the playoffs, which is more realistic for them at the moment.
Domenico Tedesco took over a Belgium side reeling from their stunning group-stage exit from the FIFA World Cup last year. The post-Roberto Martinez era has gotten off to an excellent start with the Red Devils winning six of the seven games.
They will now hope to wrap up the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign on a high. Belgium secured their spot in next summer’s Championship following their 3-2 win against Austria last time around. Unlike Janne Andersson, Tedesco will have the option to rotate his squad on Monday night. They will be without Amadou Onana, who is suspended following his sending-off last time around.
Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne are dealing with long-term injuries, while Leandro Trossard and Ameen Al-Dakhil both withdrew due to injuries. Goalkeeper Koen Casteels is also not in the fray after he was sent home owing to illness.
Janne Andersson is looking at the potential ruins of a campaign that will once again see the Scandinavian miss out on a major international tournament.
Belgium are a step ahead of their opponents on the night and showcased that gulf in the opening day thrashing in Sweden. The Scandinavians will have their work cut out to go to Belgium and come away with all three points that are needed to keep their bleak hopes alive.
Having seen a largely rotated side sweep Moldova aside in the friendly earlier this week, Sweden will be expected to play their strongest XI on Monday night. Belgium are expected to rotate their players but will still go into the game as favourites.
Belgium vs Sweden Possible Lineups
Belgium Possible Lineup: Sels; Castagne, Faes, Vertonghen, Theate; Tielemans, Mangala, Vermeeren; Lukebakio, Lukaku, Doku.
Sweden Possible Lineup: Olsen; Wahlqvist, Lindelof, Lagerbielke, Augustinsson; Kulusevski, Ekdal, K. Olsson, Karlsson; Claesson, Gyokeres