WCQ Preview: Belgium vs Estonia – key stats, H2H, line-ups, prediction

Thorgan Hazard, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium
Thorgan Hazard, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium / IMAGO

Belgium will host Estonia in the Group E game of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Venue: King Baudouin Stadium

Key Statistics

  • Belgium are unbeaten in their 14 games in the World Cup qualifiers at home and sit at the top of Group E. A win against Estonia would seal their place in Qatar next year.
  • Estonia are fourth in their group with 4 points and have suffered only one defeat in their last three games.
  • Robert Martinez’s side are coming on the back of a disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign, losing against France and Italy.

Head to Head record

Belgium have won six out of seven games against Estonia, with their only defeat coming in 2009.

Recent form

Belgium: W W W L L

Estonia: L L D W L


The No.1 ranked side in the world endured a frustrating campaign in the UEFA Nations League last month, losing both the semi-finals and the third-place game.

Roberto Martinez has been under pressure over the last few years after failing to lead Belgium’s Golden Generation to a single trophy.

Nonetheless, their record in World Cup Qualifiers have been perfect and they currently top Group E with 16 points. They are only a win away from booking their place in next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Although names like Youri Tielemans, Toby Alderweireld and Romelu Lukaku will be absent, the Red Devils are the clear favourites against Estonia.

Possible Belgium line-up

Thibaut Courtois; Dedryck Boyata, Jason Denayer, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Hans Vanaken, Yannick Carrasco, Alexis Saelemaekers; Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke


Estonia’s World Cup dreams are over and they are currently playing for the pride. They have been impressive in the last few games, registering a win, a draw and a defeat in their last three qualifying games.

They put on a fighting display in the 1-0 defeat to Wales and would look to do the same against the Red Devils.

Possible Estonia line-up

Matvei Igonen; Maksim Pastoski, Karol Mets, Joonas Tamm; Artur Pikk, Taijo Teniste, Konstantin Vassiljev, Vladislav Kreida, Markus Poom; Henri Anier, Rauno Sappinen


Belgium 2 – 0 Estonia