Wilmots forms Belgium plan
A look ahead to Tuesday night's World Cup qualification matches in Group A, including Belgium's clash with Wales.
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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has no plans to make sweeping changes but could give Sebastian Pocognoli his chance when they complete a superb World Cup qualifying campaign against Wales on Tuesday night.
Belgium have been the class of Group A by some distance, dropping only two points in nine games, and few would bet against them moving on to 28 by the time they have signed off against Wales in Brussels.
Although Wilmots has the freedom to experiment he does not seem inclined to do so, confirming that Thibaut Courtois will keep his place in goal ahead of Simon Mignolet.
However, Hannover left-back Pocognoli, drafted into the team along with Thomas Vermaelen, could be an exception.
"I do want to look to the future a little, so I want to test Pocognoli on the left," he said. "The other players I have seen in training."
Many have been backing the impressive Belgians to pile up a big score against an injury-depleted Wales team, but Wilmots voiced caution.
"Wales are an English-style team that can form a block which makes it difficult to get through. We may be able to score goals if we can get one quickly."
Belgium sealed their qualification with a 2-1 win over closest rivals Croatia in Zagreb on Friday, but the Croats can console themselves with the certainty of a play-off spot as they prepare to take on Scotland in Glasgow.
That perhaps explains Croatia coach Igor Stimac's description of the match as "kind of a training session", but Scotland counterpart Gordon Strachan refused to take the bait.
"He can have any comments he wants," Strachan said. "I like Igor, a nice fella.
"I spent time with him in Poland (during Euro 2012), I've known him since he was at Derby.
"It depends if he said training or experimenting. Experiment is completely different from training.
"I look forward to seeing him. He is a good man, he organises his team well and we wish him all the best in the play-offs."
The group's other game sees third-placed Serbia sign off against basement-dwellers Macedonia.