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Belgium could go far at the World Cup

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, on loan from Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Sammy Bosut (Zulte Waregem).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele (both Tottenham), Steven Defour (Porto), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj (both Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg).

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Everton, on loan from Chelsea), Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Fixtures

17 June v Algeria (Belo Horizonte)

22 June v Russia (Rio de Janeiro)

26 June v South Korea (Sao Paulo)

Strengths

Thibaut Courtois has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the world this season so teams will have to do well to get past him.

The likes of Steven Defour, Axel Witsel and Marouane Felliani provide a solid core to the midfield to allow playmakers Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne to flourish. Romelu Lukaku will be looking to keep his good form running into the World Cup.

With a bench of Adnan Januzaj, Moussa Dembele, Dries Mertens and Kevin Mirallas, the Belgians possess strength in depth.

Weaknesses

Whilst there is a solid core to the team, they lack quality full-backs. Centre-backs such as Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld are pushed out wide, leaving the Belgians susceptible to pacey wingers.

Key Player

Eden Hazard. Chelsea’s playmaker has really hit his stride this season and will be looking to continue his good form and drive the Belgians to success this summer.

Prediction

They should top a relatively easy group and if Belgium successfully negotiate a last-16 tie with Germany or Portugal, they could go far.

Odds

18/1

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