Belgium will hope to meet the rising expectations of its nation by getting its World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start in Wales.
The Belgians have not reached the finals of a major tournament for 10 years but now boast one of the most exciting young squads in the European game.
With the likes of
Other leading Premier League names in the squad for Friday's (Saturday morning AEST) opening qualifier at the
Wales, which hasn't competed in the World Cup finals since 1958, also has a squad containing greater top-flight experience than in recent years but has been hit by injuries ahead of
"It does bring pressure with it but we need to be able to deal with it."
Saturday morning's (AEST) other match in a tough-looking Group A sees the other most-fancied side,
The Croats performed impressively at EURO
It is now moving into a new era under recently appointed coach
"I am convinced I will continue this level of success," former Derby and West Ham defender Stimac said of his predecessor.
"Moreover, I will raise the quality of play. I am happy to have this opportunity to prove myself to those people who are sceptical about my abilities and don't believe in me."
The countries met in qualification for EURO
The other team considered the main contender in the group, Serbia, takes on Scotland at
The Serbs are also playing competitively for the first time under a new coach in
He has a squad that looks particularly strong in defence, even after the retirement from international duty of Manchester United's
The clash in
Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to act swiftly to sort out the future of striker Luis Suarez.