19:45 GMT 21 March 2019
With the European domestic season getting closer to its end, there is a delay for a couple of weeks due to the return of the international break. The focus is on the European Championships next summer and the first qualifier in Group I sees Belgium play host to Russia.
Belgium and Russia have met on five occasions on the international stage dating back to 1996. Russia have failed to win any of these fixtures with two draws and three losses, the most recent of those being any entertaining 3-3 stalemate in 2017 in the build-up to the World Cup. There have been over 2.5 goals in two of the five meetings with both teams scoring in both of those games.
As mentioned, Lukaku has withdrawn from the squad along with Mousa Dembele and Thomas Meunier.
Latest matches: Belgium
The visitors will be without two of their most influential players as Roman Zobnin and Ilya Kutepov have been forced to remove themselves from the squad with injuries.
Latest matches: Russia
Even though Russia performed well in the World Cup, they are expected to really struggle on Wednesday against one of the planet’s strongest sides. Four of Belgium’s last five wins have been by at least two goals which is why backing them to win with a -1 handicap looks wise. Over 2.5 goals in the match also looks very likely.
21 March 2019 - 19:45 GMT
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