Roberto Martinez did not even want to lift a corner of the veil about his line-up in the Nations League game against Wales (kick-off 8.45 pm). The national coach announced that none of the field players will play 90 minutes twice. That makes it even more difficult to put the puzzle together.
Leander Dendoncker played strong matches against Poland (2x) and Wales in the Nations League in June, but Martinez said he wanted to ‘try something new’. That smells very strongly of the debut of the 18-year-old debutant Zeno Debast. Boyata and Denayer can also play there, but neither are in the squad. Castagne can also play as a right central defender, he already did at Leicester. It is also possible that Martinez saves his experiment for the Netherlands and simply opts for Dendoncker against Wales.
Such reflections can be made about any other position in the team, although it seems that in addition to Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard will certainly start in the starting line-up. So we have to wait until tonight to find out which eleven Martinez will ultimately choose. The national coach will announce his starting eleven for his players at the earliest three hours before kick-off.
Probable eleven against Wales: Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Meunier, Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Trossard, Hazard, Batshuayi