The destination of the 2015 Davis Cup title could well be decided in the first reverse singles rubber on day three as the tie's two highest-ranked players in Andy Murray and David Goffin go head-to-head for the third time in their respective careers at Flanders Expo.
A victory for the world number two would seal an overall win for Great Britain following their crucial triumph in the solitary doubles contest, where the Murray brothers combined to beat Goffin and Steve Darcis in four sets.
Where to watch
The match will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 11:50 GMT on Sunday 29 November, with live coverage also available through the BBC Sport website. Kyle Edmund is then scheduled to face Ruben Bemelmans in the final singles rubber, although it is highly possible that the personnel in that particular clash could change as the likes of Darcis and especially James Ward look to press their respective claims.
The last match may not be played at all if Murray secures an unassailable 3-1 lead and does it in at least four sets. In that instance, the final 'dead' rubber can be scrapped at the discretion of team captains Leon Smith and Johan van Herck. If the win is secured in straight sets at 3-1, however, then the tie will still be completed despite the overall result not being affected.
While the identity of the players who are likely to contest the final singles showdown is certainly subject to debate, we feel very safe in predicting that both Murray and Goffin will take to the court for this pivotal match-up as planned despite both having featured across both days so far.
The Belgian, currently ranked 16 in the world, drew on all of his strength and resolve to recover from a 2-0 deficit to triumph over Edmund in a gripping five-setter on Friday while his counterpart never looked likely to fall victim to an upset as he eased past Bemelmans in three.
Goffin was not initially scheduled to feature in yesterday's doubles, yet Van Herck, wary of leaving the tie in the hands of Murray, eventually opted to nominate him ahead of former French Open junior champion Kimmer Coppejans in order to have his two most accomplished singles players in action at the same time.
Such a change did not pay dividends, however, with Goffin now needing to beat Murray for the very first time in order to prevent Great Britain from scooping their first Davis Cup crown since 1936.
Betting odds (William Hill)
- Murray: 1/8
- Goffin: 9/2
Head to head
Murray 2-0 Goffin. Last meeting: Murray bt Goffin 6-1, 6-0 at Paris Masters (Hard). The duo also met in the first round at Wimbledon in 2014, with the defending champion opening his ultimately unsuccessful title defence with a comfortable straight sets victory (6-1, 6-4, 7-5) at the All England Club.
Murray was due to face Goffin in round three at the Rome Masters back in May but later withdrew citing fatigue ahead of the French Open. The Belgian automatically advanced to the quarter-finals with a walkover before losing to David Ferrer in three sets.