2014 World Cup: Trendy Pick Belgium Gets First Chance In Spotlight
Today we will see a very talented Belgium team full of English Premier League players and a few of the best young stars in the game with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard on the World Cup stage. Belgium has been bitten by the injury bug as of late, as Kevin de Bruyne, Lukaku and young forward Divock Origi sustained ankle injuries during training. Belgium will be taking on an Algeria team which includes many unknown players. Belgium should easily cruise to a victory over this North African team.
Even if Belgium sat Lukaku and de Bruyne, the squad would probably be fine. I anticipate both to be in the starting lineup but kept on a short leash with the minutes they play. Outside of Lukaku and de Bruyne, the midfield stars of Adnan Januzaj and Hazard will definitely be enough to propel Belgium to a victory. Belgium, the 11th ranked team according to the FIFA World Ranking, will seek to top Group H, and the first step will be beating Algeria.
Believed to be one of the weakest groups, Group H contains Russia, Belgium, Algeria and Korea Republic. Arguments regarding that belief could be seen as valid, due to Belgium and Russia being the group favorites amidst the lowly-ranked Algeria and Korea Republic teams.
Belgium has one of the best young goalkeepers in the world in Thibaut Courtois and rock-solid defender Vincent Kompany. The only concern for Belgium would be the limitations of injured players along with situation of the strikers. The lack of depth up top will keep Belgium in check, but with the midfield supporting the forwards, it won’t be too much of a worry for Belgium playing an Algeria team.
There was already one upset in this year’s World Cup with Uruguay and Costa Rica, so it is totally possible. In this situation, I don’t expect an upset. I see Belgium winning 2-0 over Algeria.
Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for RantSports.com, Follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby
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