Wales vs Belgium LIVE: Robert Page’s hosts look to seal second spot in the group and earn a HOME play-off tie in bid to reach first World Cup since 1958 as they host world No 1-ranked side
- Wales host Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium as part of World Cup qualifying
- Robert Page’s side need a win to ensure they get a home tie in the play-offs
- A draw on the night may suffice but it will hinge on results from other groups
- Wales XI: Ward, Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Williams, Morrell, Allen, Ramsey, James, Moore
- Belgium XI: Casteels, Castagne, Boyata, Theate, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, T. Hazard, Vanaken, De Ketelaere, Origi
- Read: How will the World Cup play-offs work and when is the draw?
- Latest World Cup news, including live action and results
Wales know what they need to do as they look to finish qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on a high and secure a home tie for the play-offs in March.
Robert Page’s side are already secure of a play-off spot ahead of facing the No 1 ranked team in the world in Belgium on Tuesday night.
In order to get a home draw in the play-offs they need to finish second in their qualifying group and so need a win to keep destiny in their own hands.
Follow Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT for live World Cup qualifier coverage of Wales vs Belgium, including build-up, team news and updates.
Elsewhere, the Czech Republic face Estonia as they battle for a runner-up spot in Group E, while Group D and G also come to an enticing conclusion. We’ll keep you up-to-date across the board.
All eyes on Ramsey tonight… and he could be on the move as a result!
Aaron Ramsey is aiming to be back in the Premier League by the time Wales tackle their World Cup play-off early next year.
The midfielder has scored three goals in his last three matches for his country and will be a key man for them again tonight.
A point against Belgium would secure second place in their qualifying group — and a better chance of a home tie in the play-offs — as Wales try to reach football’s grandest stage for the first time since 1958.
FULL STORY HERE.
Plenty of time to get any last-minute jobs done before settling down for kick-off.
Fans are filtering into the Cardiff City Stadium slowly but surely and the players are going through their paces in the warm-up.
Wales vs Belgium match odds via bettingexpert
Wales to win: 11/4
Belgium to win: Evens
Wales to finish in the top two of Group E: 1/3
Christian Benteke to score: 7/4
Kevin De Bruyne to score: 12/5
Kieffer Moore to score: 12/5
Harry Wilson to score: 3/1
Rob Page to Sky: ‘We want that home tie, we do. We saw the impact of a home crowd on Saturday evening (against Belarus). It is in our control and a point should see us over the line.
‘We want to finish second. That has been our ultimate aim from the start. To finish second behind (Belgium) that was our aim and is the same tonight. We can only control what we can control and that’s perform tonight. It’s a big ask to have two big games in quick succession but if we match levels the result will take care of itself.’
It is down to Wales and the Czech Republic to finish as runners-up in the group and be seeded in the play-offs.
Rob Page and his Wales players will know that should both countries finish on the same record then they have the head-to-head advantage over the Czechs.
Wales fans will hope it doesn’t come to that as a win guarantees second. If they get a draw then that should also be OK provided Norway or Turkey don’t win by four or more goals in their respective matches tonight.
A lot to stay on top of!
Here’s a stat for you which may make any Welsh fans on edge relax somewhat…
Wales have gone on to win two of their last three matches with Belgium, winning in June 2015 in a Euro 2016 qualifier as well as at the tournament itself in that sensational quarter-final tie.
Nobody can forget that Hal-Robson Kanu Cruyff turn!
World Cup 2022 play-offs EXPLAINED: Portugal and Italy are at real risk of missing out on Qatar, with Scotland and Wales also set to scrap it out… but just how will the knockouts work? Which teams will be involved? And when is the draw?
Now, this is the question on the lips of a lot of fans with just three teams making it out of Europe’s play-off route and into the Qatar tournament.
Wales already have their play-off spot secured but will it be home or away? What knock-on effect will that have and who can play who?
Fear not, all is explained in this brilliant guide…
Plenty of familiar faces in the Belgium line-up as Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne leads them out in Cardiff… it’s Thorgan Hazard, rather than Eden, in from the start
Aaron Ramsey wearing the armband once more with Kieffer Moore in to lead the line tonight
What about Belgium… how did they get on last?
Belgium qualified for next year’s World Cup and kept up their unbeaten qualifying run as they beat Estonia 3-1 in Brussels on Saturday.
The Belgians, semi-finalists in Russia in 2018, climbed to an unassailable 19 points in Group E as Christian Benteke scored early and Yannick Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard added second-half goals.
FULL REPORT HERE.
Wales thrash Belarus in World Cup qualifier with Ramsey, Williams, Davies and Roberts on target
A reminder of Wales’ most recent outing during this international window… they will hope some of the goals have been saved up for tonight’s crucial encounter against Belgium.
FULL REPORT HERE.
Wales captain Gareth Bale is ruled OUT tonight
Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium.
Bale won his 100th cap in the 5-1 victory over Belarus on Saturday after two months out with a hamstring injury but came off after 45 minutes and he is not in Wales’ 23-man squad for Tuesday’s game.
FULL STORY HERE.
Here are the fixtures from European qualifying tonight…
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Ukraine
Finland vs France
Czech Republic vs Estonia
Wales vs Belgium
Gibraltar vs Latvia
Montenegro vs Turkey
Holland vs Norway
It couldn’t come much harder than the No 1-ranked side in world football for Wales to conclude their World Cup qualifying group.
Robert Page’s side know that a win guarantees a home tie in the play-off semi-finals and so fate is in their own hands.
A draw may well prove enough but that depends on results elsewhere and defeat could prove incredibly costly as they target their first World Cup appearance since 1958.
Stick with me throughout as I bring you all the action from the Cardiff City Stadium.
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