BELGIUM v ALGERIA BETTING PREVIEWBelgium topped their Euro zone qualifying group ahead of Croatia with relative ease, going unbeaten in their group, winning 8 and drawing 2 matches. They come into this match after winning all three of their friendlies in preparation for the finals defeating Luxembourg and Sweden before beating Tunisia 1-0.
Benteke misses the tournament through injury, but the likes of Hazard, Lukaku, Kompany, Mertens, Januzaj and Mirallas form a very strong team. They are tipped to go far in this tournament after the emergence of these world-class players.
Hazard’s creativity should supply lone striker Lukaku with plentiful scoring opportunities. Kevin De Bruyne might start behind Lukaku, with Steven Defour expected to miss out on a place in the starting XI. Courtouis, who conceded just 26 goals for Atletico Madrid in La Liga, will be their excellent last line of defense in goal.
Algeria had a very poor AFCON campaign in 2013, taking just one point from three group matches but they qualified for this tournament by edging our Burkina Faso on away goals. Anyway, during the preparation to the World Cup, they have won their last four matches beating quality teams such as Romania and even Slovenia.
Coach Vahid Halilhodžić have no injury concerns and so the likes of Faouzi Ghoulam, Saphir Taïder and Nabil Bentaleb expected to start. Striker Islman Slimani, who scored five goals during African qualifying, will lead the attack.
The duo have faced each other just twice before, and not since 2003, with the Red Devils getting a 3-1 victory in that last outing.
BELGIUM v ALGERIA PROBABLE LINEUPSBelgium (4-3-3) – Courtois – Alderweireld – Kompany – Vermaelen – Vertonghen – Witsel – Dembele – Fellaini – Hazard – Mirallas – Lukaku
Algeria (4-5-1) – M’Bolhi – Ghoulam – Cadamuro – Bougherra – Mesbah – Bentaleb – Taider – Medjani – Brahimi – Feghouli – Slimani
BELGIUM v ALGERIA BEST ODDS
|BELGIUM|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW|| 4.75 with||Bet £10, win £47.50|
|ALGERIA|| 8.50 with||Bet £10, win £85.00|