2018 FIFA World Cup – Belgium vs Tunisia Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 23rd June, 13:00

Where? Otkritie Arena

What channel is it on? BBC1

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-g-belgium-panama-tunisia-england-tickets/ca5917

THE TEAM NEWS

BELGIUM

  • Belgium started their World Cup campaign in emphatic fashion beating Panama 3-0, and they will look to set another marker down here as they have been one of the more impressive performers in the tournament so far.
  • With Kompany and Vermaelen still not 100% fit, neither will be risked here and they will likely name the same starting 11 for this game, though both should be able to return against England.
  • Martinez could consider giving starts to the likes of Dembele and Chadli, but the likelihood is that they keep continuity in the side and ensure they progress to the knockouts.

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):

Courtois

Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen

Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco

Mertens, E. Hazard

R. Lukaku

Unavailable: Kompany

Doubtful: Vermaelen

TUNISIA

  • Tunisia acquitted themselves well against England and came within minutes of earning a point as they rode their luck until Kane's late goal, although they had the referee and some poor finishing to thank for still being in the game until the end.
  • Goalkeeper Hassen has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament so Ben Mustapha will start between the sticks for this match, and he did well on the whole when he came off the bench against England.
  • Coach Nabil Maaloul will likely stick with the same outfield players and formation which did cause England problems on the counter, although they will need to tighten up defensively against the likes of De Bruyne, Hazard and Lukaku.

Predicted line-up (4-1-4-1):

Ben Mustapha

Bronn, S. Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul

Skhiri

F. Ben Youssef, Badri, Sassi, Sliti

Khazri

Unavailable: Hassen

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Belgium were one of the most impressive teams in the opening round of matches and they look formidable going forward. They have so many ways to unlock a defence and they are likely to be far more clinical than England who did create plenty of chances against Tunisia but could not punish them sufficiently. Belgium should be able to do that and expect a comfortable win for Roberto Martinez’s team.