Belgium v Algeria: Predicted lineups

Published June 17th, 2014 - 01:05 GMT

One of the most anticipated first games of the tournament it that of Belgium as the rising European country have huge hopes and dreams on their shoulders this summer.

Some of the brightest young talents in the world including Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all are highly expected to take their group by the scruff of the neck.

However, Algeria are not set to be run over by anyone and they will put up a fight to try and steal something from the match after battling hard to qualify for the World's greatest tournament.

Algeria know that they can battle through matches to steal points as that is how they qualified, but the skill and quality in depth for the Belgian, "golden generation," should be enough to see the nation that breezed to qualification take their first available three points.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard will likely be the most watched in attack, but Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne have the skill to make a major impact as well.

Tottenham youngster Nabil Bentaleb is likely to be one of the most watched for Algeria in the match as he has shown great promise and his nation need him to come up big.

Belgium have all the tools to take the points and disappoint Algeria whom are expected to fall in today's first match of Group H action.

Belgium Starting XI: Courtois: Alderweireld, Kompany, Buyten, Vertonghen; Witsel, Fellaini; Mertens, Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku.

Algeria Starting XI: Zemmamouche: Mandi, Cadamuro, Bougherra, Ghoulam; Lacen, Bentaleb, Taider; Soudani, Feghouli; Slimani.


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