Belgium vs Canada: FIFA World Cup Possible Game Plan, Formation and Lineups


Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ are nearing the end of their careers and this could be a make-or-break World Cup for them. The Red Devils will begin their campaign at the Qatar World Cup with a Group F match against Canada on Wednesday night. Both the countries had earned automatic qualification for the tournament and that too very easily. Belgium went undefeated in the UEFA qualifying campaign, while the Reds finished top of the CONCACAF qualifying group. The two teams meanwhile head into the match on the back of contrasting results in their warm-up friendly last week, with the Red Devils losing 2-1 to Egypt, while Canada got the better of Japan with the same scoreline.

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Plan

The Red Devils are expected to be at full strength on Wednesday night and get the job done. The European outfit will most likely opt for a three-man backline consisting of Zeno Debust. Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen. The key to Belgium relies heavily on attackers. Although talismanic striker Romelu Lukaku is still recovering from injury and unavailable for their opening game, Micky Batshua is in good form to lead the attack alongside Eden Hazard. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne will be positioned behind the strikers and the 31-year-old is expected to provide them with killer passes. Martinez’s big advantage is that there is so much depth and variety in the Belgian team that Spanish strategists can opt for different tactics depending on the need of the hour. Pacy wingers Yannick Carrasco and Castane are capable of delivering quality crosses for the bigger strikers, while De Bruyne can open up opposition defenses in the middle and Hazard is a world-class dribbler who can take on players with ease and make something out of nothing. Could

On the other hand, Canada, playing their first World Cup match in 36 years, will be expected to sit back, defend and try to kill the opposition on the counter. The absence of Bayern Munich-man Alphonso Davies due to a hamstring problem is a major blow for the Reds, as the 22-year-old southpaw is capable of playing as a winger, full-back and No.10 if needed. , Atiba Hutchinson, who is just two short of his 100th international cap, could partner Stéphane Eustaquio in the engine room and his primary aim will be to include De Bruyne and, when opportunities arise, the attacking duo of Jonathan David and Kyle Larrinne.

Possible formation and lineup

With Lukaku unavailable for Wednesday’s game, Batshuayi is most likely to occupy the center forward position with Eden Hazard in support. De Bruyne could be the playmaker in the side, with Axel Witsel and Tielemans forming the midfield-pair. Carrasco and Castagne can capture the flanks. For Canada, John Herdman is likely to choose a stable defensive lineup with a 4-4-2 formation. Larrea, Steven, Vitória and Miller could form the back-four, with Buchanan and Hutchinson sitting in front of them in the engine room.

Belgium Possible starting lineup (3-4-3): Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Debussy, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Castagne, De Bruyne, Batshuayi, HazardCanada Possible Starting Lineup (4-4-2): Borjan, Lareya, Johnson, Steven, Vitoria, K Miller, Adekungbe, Buchanan, Hutchinson, Eustaquio, David, Larin



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