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Group G | Belgium vs Panama – What to Expect, Who to Look Out For and How the Teams will Line Up

Belgium vs Panama, Belgium Panama squad line up

Belgium vs Panama |World Cup 2018, Group G | Monday, June 18 |

The 2018 Fifa World Cup has finally kicked in and no wonder the fans will have high expectations from their respective countries. The host nation Russia having stunned the crowd with their dominant display thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 and a pretty even game between Portugal and the mighty Spain finishing 3-3 ,we now look forward to this group G clash Belgium vs Panama which could add to the list of high scoring games with the likes of Belgium who will be having all eyes on the trophy.

The opening fixture of group G sees 3rd ranked Belgium take on 55th ranked Panama on the 18th of June. Unarguably Panama are one of the weakest sides in the World Cup and most of the people would expect Belgium to ease past Panama and top the group. On the other hand Panama fans wont expect any less from their players either. But can this star-studded line up live upto the expectations?

Without wasting any time let us dive in and take a look at the recent form of the two and the players who are likely to feature in order to guide their team towards victory in the Belgium vs Panama clash.

Head to Head

The two nations have never faced each other before.With no previous encounters between the two, Panama will be looking to turn the odds in their favor and cause an upset for Belgium ,who unarguably have one of the best squads.

Belgium 

Belgium have looked to be in impressive form being unbeaten in their last 5. Following their exceptional goal scoring record in the qualifying stages, Belgium come into the World Cup unbeaten after netting the most goals (43) and winning 9 of 10 which saw them top their group with an 11 point difference.

Roberto Martinez’s men who beat Gibraltar 9-0 in the qualifiers have shown that they could be ruthless on their day and they will be looking forward to extend their unbeaten run of 18 in Russia when they meet the lowly ranked Panama in the Belgium vs Panama clash.

Squad for Belgium vs Panama:

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)

Recent Form : WWDWW

Scored – 12

Conceded – 1

Key Players to Look Out For :

Romelu Lukaku

Firing Belgium to the qualifiers with his 11 goals , the Manchester United man has netted a huge 13 goals in his last 10 appearances. He will be looking for a field day as he loves to exploit weaker opposition. Belgium are not the kind of team to sit back and relax after scoring so you will expect their main man to bag a couple with the form he is in claiming one goal and two assists in his last game against Costa Rica and will look to replicate the same in Belgium vs Panama fixture.

Being the focal point of Belgium’s attack can he lead his team to the top?

Eden Hazard

He might not have had one of his best campaigns for Chelsea but the Belgian showed glimpses of individual brilliance on numerous occasions with his hold of the ball and counter attacking threat. Managing 12 goals and 4 assists for Chelsea he will be looking to regain his form with Belgium in his pursuit for Glory.

Predicted Line-Up for Belgium vs Panama

Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard are expected to flank Romelu Lukaku for Belgium against Panama

Panama

Dubbed as the weakest team on paper in the World Cup Panama qualified for the world cup with a negative goal difference (-1) winning just three of the 10 games. They are winless in their last five games and many have tipped the World Cup debutants for an early exit and also being on the suffering end against Belgium but the underdogs could defy the odds in the Belgium vs Panama clash by breaking them on the counter who will be without their key defenders Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen.

Squad for Belgium vs Panama:

Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Chorrillo), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Alex Rodríguez (San Francisco)

Defenders: Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (Olimpia), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders)

Midfielders: Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Bucaramanga), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario de Lima), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Gent)

Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (Alajuelense), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Blas Perez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sports Boys), Gabriel Torres (Huachipato)

Recent Form : LDWLL

Scored – 1

Conceded – 8

Key Players to Look Out For :

Roman Torres

Leading his team to World Cup qualification with a last gasp goal against Costa Rica, Panama will turn to their 32 year old captain to stop Romelu Lukaku who has been in superb form.

Luis Tejada

Sharing the record of top scorer(43 goals) for Panama with Blas Perez, he will be looking forward to add to his tally and help his team go forward.

Predicted Line-Up for Belgium vs Panama

Predicted Score: 3-0 to Belgium

Considering the form The Red Devils are in, we can see them running riots in the game with Lukaku being heavily involved.

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