Belarus vs Luxembourg
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Monday, 10th October 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Borisov Arena, Borisov.
Belarus were thrashed by Netherlands on a 4-1 to leave them win-less after two matches into the World Cup Qualifying Campaign. They were nowhere near the side that held to France on the matchday and some comical defending cost them dearly. Quincy Promes was the man of the moment for the Dutch side, who scored a double in the first half which was complemented by goals from Davy Klaasnen and Vincent Jansen.
Luxembourg showed good resistance in their Group game against Sweden and eventually fell to their second defeat of the campaign by a 1-0 margin. Their opening fixture was a 4-3 thriller in which they almost forced a draw until the dying seconds in an away trip to Bulgaria. Despite the recent heroics, Luxembourg football team are currently on a 7 match losing streak.
Head To Head
Belarus have won four, drawn three, and lost one of their eight meetings with Luxembourg.
Belarus have kept a clean sheet in 80% of their last five home games, whilst Luxembourg have failed to score in 67% of their last six on the road.
35 year old Alexander Hleb and Timofel Kalachev make up an experienced midfield duo, with the two having nearly 150 caps between them. Striker Sergei Kornilenko has 75 as well, with his 17 goals making him Belarus' top scorer. At the other end of the spectrum defender Yevgeniy Klopotskiy is hoping to win his first cap.
Striker Aurelien Joachim will captain the squad, whilst Frankfurt attacker Maurice Devile could prove the most dangerous player for them. 18 year old Florian Bohnert will be hoping to continue his fledgling international career as well.