After both opening their UEFA Nations League campaigns by beating Iceland comfortably, Belgium and Switzerland now face each other in Brussels.
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussel, Belgium
Key Stat: Belgium's World Cup semi-final defeat is their only loss in their last 27 matches.
Expert Verdict: Belgium and Switzerland are contesting top spot in Group A2 with Iceland in woeful form. Switzerland put six past Iceland to Belgium's three, but it is the hosts - who finally lived up to expectations as they finished third at the World Cup - who start as favourites. World champions France are the only team to beat Belgium in the last two years, and they have enough about them to beat the Swiss on home soil.
Genk striker Leandro Trossard will miss out on the chance to make his Belgian debut after dropping out injured. Roberto Martinez has been hit by a number of injury concerns, with Kevin de Bruyne, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen also among those unavailable. Christian Kabasele has earned a recall after a good start to the Premier League season with Watford.
Eden Hazard – One of the stars of the Premier League season so far, the Belgian captain has continued the form that saw him named second best player at the World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku – His two goals in the win against Iceland too him to 43 in just 77 appearances for the Belgian national team.
Thibaut Courtois – Now at Real Madrid, the Belgian keeper has kept clean sheets in his last three international appearances.
Belgium have bounced back from their World Cup semi-final defeat to France with three consecutive wins. They sealed third place by beating England 2-0 in their final game in Russia, before a 4-0 thrashing of Scotland in their first post-World Cup friendly – Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi’s double earning victory. In their opening UEFA Nations League match, Hazard gave them the lead from the penalty spot before Lukaku’s double sealed a 3-0 win against Iceland.
Defenders:Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders:Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Nacer Chadli
Forwards:Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard
Johan Djourou, Kevin Mbaby and Admir Mehmedi are all out injured, while there is no place for veteran former captain Stephan Lichsteiner, who has struggled for game time since joining Arsenal. Blerim Dzemaili has not played since the World Cup, meanwhile. Huddersfield right-back Florent Hadergjonaj looks set to replace Lichsteiner at right-back, while Nico Elvedi is an option at centre-back.
Xherdan Shaqiri – The Liverpool winger scored his 22nd international goal in the thrashing of Iceland – more than anyone else in the current squad.
Haris Seferovic – While he has struggled for game time at Benfica, he has 13 goals in 56 international appearances.
Granit Xhaka – The holding midfielder controls the tempo in the middle for the Swiss, and has also weighed in with ten goals – including his strike against Serbia at the World Cup.
Switzerland’s World Cup journey, which started with a draw with Brazil, ended with a 1-0 defeat in the second round to Sweden. They bounced back in style, however, putting six past Iceland in their first UEFA Nations League match – Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic, Albian Ajeti and Admir Mehmedi all getting on the scoresheet in a 6-0 win. Last time out, however, they lost 1-0 in a friendly against England.
Defenders:Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Michael Lang
Defensive Midfielders:Granit Xhaka
Attacking Midfielders:Florent Hadergjonaj, Remo Freuler, Denis Zakaria, Ricardo Rodriguez
Forwards:Haris Seferovic, Albian Ajeti
Belgium have won 13 of their 27 previous matches against Switzerland, compared to eight Swiss wins and six draws. They have only met once since 1989, however, in a friendly in 2016 which the Belgians won 2-1. Blerim Dzemaili had given the hosts the lead in Geneva, but Romelu Lukaku equalised before Kevin de Bruyne grabbed a late winner.
Though they have some key players missing, it is mark of just how good this generation of Belgian players is that they can call on such a strong starting line-up even without Kevin de Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and co.
Eden Hazard is their stand-out star, while Romelu Lukaku has continued his goalscoring form for Belgium since the World Cup – both men having scored in both fixtures in September.
They may have put fewer past Iceland than Switzerland managed, but they are very much the favourites for this one – particularly on home soil.
Their only defeat in the last two years came in the World Cup semi-finals against eventual champions France, and they have not conceded in the three games since that loss.
Solid at the back and free-flowing in attack at the other end, they are one of the form teams in world football at the moment.
Switzerland, for their part, have also enjoyed a good couple of years but could not carry that into the World Cup and also lost a friendly to England last time out – a team Belgium beat twice at the World Cup.
Injuries have hit them hard ahead of this game too, and they do not have the same strength in depth as Roberto Martinez and Belgium have at their disposal.
Switzerland will be no pushovers but, defeat to France aside, it is difficult to see anybody beating Belgium on their current form.
Belgium are big odds-on favourites to beat Switzerland, with Bet365 offering 9/20 on a Belgian win.
They have won their last three matches to nil, meanwhile, and another Belgium win to nil improves those odds to 6/4 with Bet365.
You can also bet against both teams to score at a best price of 11/10 with Betfair.
While Belgium have scored seven goals in their last two games, however, Switzerland will be no pushovers and have a much more organised and stubborn defence than Iceland and Scotland. Under 2.5 goals will return 13/10 with Bet365 and Betfair.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the win against Iceland, and the Manchester United striker is a best price of 10/11 with Ladbrokes and Betway to score at any time.
Eden Hazard, meanwhile, is 13/10 with 888sport, having also scored in Belgium’s two wins in September.
Belgium are odds-on favourites to beat Switzerland and rightly so. This is their golden generation, and having proved themselves at the World Cup they will be keen to carry that momentum on.