Indian men’s hockey team plays Belgium twice to open its European FIH Pro League 2021–22 season in Antwerp.
Both of the hockey games between IND and BEL will be broadcast live.
India’s performances against Belgium, which will be followed by games against the Netherlands, would assist polish its Commonwealth Games preparations after the loss at the Asia Cup.
With 27 points from 12 games, India are now second in the nine-team FIH Pro League standings.
While Michel van den Heuvel’s Belgium are third on goal differential with the same number of points. With 28 points, Netherlands are in first place.
Belgium vs. India Hockey Form Guide
The third-ranked Indian men’s hockey team advanced to the semi-finals after thrashing Great Britain 3-1 in the quarter-finals.
As a result, for the first time since 1972, the Manpreet Singh-led team advanced to the hockey competition semifinals.
However, after defeating Spain by the same score, second-placed Belgium advanced to the semifinals.
India finished second in Group A with just one loss, and Belgium took first place in Group B with just one draw, demonstrating the complete dominance of both teams throughout the competition.
India vs Belgium Hockey Head to Head Record
In the last five hockey games between the two teams, Team India holds the superior record in head-to-head comparisons with Belgium.
With Belgium, the men in blue have won four games, with a loss in the fifth. The most recent Olympic match between the two teams ended in a 3-1 victory for Belgium.
India vs Belgium World Rankings
The best-ranked team in the world is Belgium. The Belgians have been in excellent shape for a while.
They achieved the top rank in the world by winning both the World Cup and the European championships.
The Indian team, though, isn’t far behind in terms of talent. They reached their highest-ever rating of No. 3 in the world thanks to their excellent performance during the group round.
After suffering a crushing 7-1 loss at the hands of Australia, India produced an incredible comeback.
They gave a peek of how good their defence is, having stopped 8 penalty corner efforts in the game, and displayed great spirit by winning the final three games in their Pool to finish second in Pool A.