Belgium vs Tunisia, Group G| Saturday, 23 June|
The round 2 for Group G starts with Belgium taking on Tunisia, who slipped to a narrow 2-1 late defeat against Harry Kane’s England. Belgium will have all eyes on booking a seat in the round of 16 with a win over the Eagles of Carthage in today’s Belgium Vs Tunisia clash, who have very little hopes of qualifying.
— Africa Report (@africa_report) June 22, 2018
This will be an interesting game as a victory will lead one nation to progress and the other one to exit in the early stages. Belgium will be very much aware of their opponent’s physicality who kept the game locked in at 1-1 against England only to concede a last minute winner.
And so, after the first round of fixtures, Group G is looking like this…
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018
The two nations have met three times before with both winning once and sharing a draw. The last Belgium Vs Tunisia meeting was a friendly in 2014 where Dries Mertens grabbed a late winner to lead Belgium to a 1-0 victory.
Belgium ?? vs. Tunisia ??- 3PM
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— Shawn Osimbo (@ShawnOsimbo) June 22, 2018
After easing past a weak Panama side with a 3-0 victory, Belgium will be looking to continue their 19 game unbeaten record with a win against Tunisia which will see them qualify to the round of 16 with a game to spare. Belgium look solid in both attack and defense having conceded just 1 goal in and netting 14 in their last 5 games. Although starting slowly has always been a problem with each of The Red Devils’ last 11 World Cup goals coming after half time, they will need to show urgency from the very start of the Belgium Vs Tunisia game.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) June 19, 2018
Thomas Vermaelen, who has returned to training is unlikely to be risked in the Belgium Vs Tunisia game but will hope to be fit for Belgium’s final game against England.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 21, 2018
“People expect a lot but we have seen during this World Cup — except for the first match involving Russia — that almost all the matches have been won with either a one- or two-goal difference.
“We won 3-0 so that’s not bad.
“Everyone always expects a lot from Belgium, that we always play perfect football, that we have 80 percent possession, that we have 50 shots at goal and score 40 times!
“But it doesn’t work like that. Sometimes you have difficult matches and you only win 1-0. The most important thing is that we win our games. We have so much talent in the squad that it’s not surprising people expect a lot.”
– Eden Hazard on Het Nieuwsblad
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli)
— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) June 22, 2018
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
After scoring a brace in the opening fixture against Panama, the Manchester United man will be looking to continue his superb form and add to his tally in today’s Belgium Vs Tunisia match to see his nation qualify to round of 16 with a game to spare.
— Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) June 18, 2018
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Although it took 49 minutes for De Bruyne to make his first key pass of the game but the Manchester City’s 2017 player of the season who claimed a fine assist for Romelu Lukaku’s first goal in the 69th minute has a lot in his locker to offer and could be hugely influential in pulling the strings from midfield. He is capable of producing magic at any moment of the game.
— City? (@ManCityCutie) June 21, 2018
Belgium line-up is likely to be unchanged for the Belgium Vs Tunisia game after a comfortable victory over Panama and have no injury concerns.
Formation : 3-4-2-1
Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco, Mertens, Eden Hazard, Lukaku
Winning games is still a problem for Tunisia who are winless in their last 12 World Cup games something they will be hoping to turn around. A defeat against The Red Devils will confirm their exit from the World Cup with a game to spare. Although they will take some encouragement from their late defeat to England where they almost stood firm and did not allow England to score until late on, but they are unlikely to break a star studded Belgium side.
England's World Cup win over Tunisia was the most-watched television programme of 2018.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 19, 2018
Goalkeepers : Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten).
Defenders : Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Dylan Bronn (Gent), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek).
Midfielders : Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Bassem Srarfi (Nice).
Forwards : Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes).
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland)
Tunisia’s main man did not see things go his way due to lack of possession against England when a Harry Kane late winner sunk them but will be hoping to move on from that and cause an upset for Belgium in the Belgium Vs Tunisia game.
“For the first 25 minutes we were playing perfectly, but we sagged in the second half, we lost the rhythm. Now we are set to meet Belgium, they have a fantastic squad, but we will try to score. The support of our (Tunisian) and Russian fans in the stands were just amazing, thanks to them”
— Turnt Sports News (@TurntSportsNews) June 20, 2018
Ben Mustapha; Bronn, S Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; F Ben Youssef, Sassi, Skhiri, Badri, Sliti; Khazri
Formation : 4-1-4-1
We expect a comfortable 2-0 Belgium win.
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