Belgium v Russia: Predicted lineups

Published June 22nd, 2014 - 03:04 GMT
World Cup 2014: Belgium v Russia Preview and Projected Lineups
World Cup 2014: Belgium v Russia Preview and Projected Lineups

Belgium face perhaps their toughest group stage test against Russia this afternoon as the young national team will hope that their attack can once again be enough to make a difference.

Russia were not as impressive as they were expected to be only drawing with South Korea and will certainly have their work cut out for them against Belgium's, "Golden Generation," as they have been dubbed.

Belgium are expected to make too changes, ones that previously I had picked to start for last match but were left on the bench, in the form of introducing both Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens into the starting XI.

The two came on against Algeria in the second half in their group stage opener and were the major difference in seeing their nation overcome a frustrating opponent.

Tottenham duo Mousa Dembélé and Nacer Chadli and they are certain to be the two dropped for both Fellaini and Mertens to slot in.

Russia will likely have two changes as well as young attacker Alan Dzagoev and goal scorer Alexander Kerzhakov are both expected to be put into the first team by Fabio Capello.

These two sides are certain to make for a great lunch time kickoff today and it is certain to set the tone for the remainder of this evening's action.

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

Russia Starting XI: Akinfeev: Eshchenko, Berezoutski, Ignashevitch, Kombarov; Denisov, Glushakov; Samedov, Dzagoev, Kokorin; Kerzhakov.

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