Belgium vs Russia: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

Belgium take on the Russians while knowing that a win can guarantee their place in the competition’s next round.

Where to watch –

The match kicks off at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can watch the game –

English language: ABC and Watch ABC
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee –

Felix Brych (Germany)

Starting lineups – 

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, V Buyten, Kompany, Vermaelen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku.

Russia: Akinfeev, Kozlov, Ignashevich, Kanunnikov, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy, Shatov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Kombarov

Belgium –

The Belgians, widely considered as the dark horses of this World Cup, got the 3 points in their 2-1 comeback win against Algeria. They currently hold a 2 point gap over their nearest rivals and a win today will guarantee them a place in the top 2. They might have to deal with the absence of captain Vincent Kompany though, who could miss the game due to injury.

Russia –

The Russians were held to a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic, and sit level on points with them. They will attempting to leapfrog Belgium to the summit of the table with a win tonight.

Statistics –

Belgium enjoyed 2/3rds of possession against Algeria and had over 500 passes throughout the game. They will be looking to dominate proceedings today against the Russians as well. It might not be that easy however, as Russia had a solid defensive performance against Korea. They had a higher number of blocks and clearances than Belgium, so the game can more or less come down to the attacking threat of Belgium’s against the defensive might of Russia.

Men to watch out for –

Apart from the obvious threat of Eden Hazard, Belgium benefited from Marouane Fellaini’s introduction too. The Manchester United midfielder came on in the 2nd half and immediately made his mark as his header got Belgium on terms against Algeria and which sparked their comeback. He will hoping to have a similar impact today as well.

As for Russia, Kerzhakov too proved to be a super sub as he came on to restore parity for Russia, who were trailing against Korea before his introduction.

Prediction –

I expect the likes of Hazard, Lukaku and de Bruyne to go all out against Russia, and it could be a case of Belgium’s attack against the Russian defense; but I expect Belgium to come away with the 3 points.

Belgium 2-0 Russia

Agree with my predicted scoreline? We would love to learn who you think will win, and who will stand out today. Tell us in the Comments section below!

16 thoughts on “Belgium vs Russia: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread”

  1. World Cup drinking game: Take a drink every time USA v. Portugal is mentioned today. Good luck being sober by the time the actual game kicks off.

    1. It’s to be expected. The station (ESPN) is “targeting” US audience. It’s not the international signal.

      I expect to hear and read about USA-Portugal game all day and everywhere.

      If the US manages to get results today that moves them to next round, more media who have never written or covered WC will be jumping on the band wagon.

      I guess in a way that’s good.

      On another note, I haven’t seen it mentioned here at WST but Efan Ekoku is quite good. I enjoy his analysis.

      1. Ok, I’m going to come out and say it…I hope USA loses. I respect the support everyone gives them on this site but I want Portugal to beat them. I live here in the US but that doesn’t mean I support them. I now prepare for the onslaught of thumbs down, which I will take like a man. Thank you.

        1. That is what makes America great everyone is entitled to their opinion. No thumbs down from me. Good on you. II will be pulling for the USA. All the best. :)

  2. Belgium very DISAPPOINTING the red devils are more like the red nuns. No flow or finishing. No pressure on Russian keeper and we know what he did last match. Russia has had the better chances of scoring.

  3. Terrible game, one of the worst so far. Sad to see the goal average plummeting rapidly. This is in keeping with the crap that was WC 2010.

  4. Shocked weve seen no Mirallas. Belgium very disappointing.

    Wondering if going 4-3-3 with a false 9 might work for Belgium (i know; that formation has been getting hammered but 4-2-3-1 is not working for them and their strikers have been poor).

  5. Russians have only themselves to blame. A draw here, and they were through.

    Now, FIFA gets to put an Asian team through to the next round as well: South Korea.

    South Korea and Nigeria: two worst teams to go through…

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