Group H - How it could pan out?
With all eight groups, it's uncertain to know how each group will pan out, by going through each group, breaking down each placing, determine what results may be, who will progress through the group and why, let's focus on Group H.
Group H is expected to be a procession for Belgium, but that might not prove to be the case.
The Red Devils have plenty of talent but virtually no experience in major tournaments, and qualification didn't go as smoothly as the numbers would suggest. They struggle against organised squads and will be forced to take the initiative as the favoured team against all three opponents.
While this lack of experience may go against them, the talent is there to see with Hazard, Lukaku and Mertens to name a few. They will win comfortably against Algeria and South Korea 2-0 respectively and a 2-2 draw against Russia will seal the top spot. Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens will all score two each.
Russia were awful away from home during qualification (losing to Portugal and Northern Ireland) and have disappointed in major tournaments since their magical run in 2008. Alan Dzagoev is one of the world's most underrated players, and he could drive this talented squad to new heights, but their struggles away from home are a real issue.
There has been a late panic with Roman Shirokov out injured but they have enough to qualify which should be deemed a success at least. They will win 2-1 against Algeria, draw with South Korea 1-1 and draw with Belgium 2-2. Alan Dzagoev will score two, Alexander Kerzhakov will score two and Alexander Kokorin will score the other.
The good news is that Korea Republic are equally inexperienced, and their young talents are two or three years further back in their progression as opposed to the Red Devils. This lack of development and experience will show and they will finish a respectable third. While losing 2-0 to Belgium will seem harsh, but a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 win against Algeria will give them encouraging signs. Son Heung-Min will score both goals, increasing his encouraging reputation.
Algeria are somewhat similar to Korea Republic in that they are young and talented but very inexperienced. Ishak Belfodil is probably the team's star name, but he's yet to make a big impact at the top level. Algeria's showing against Burkina Faso to make it to the tournament was pedestrian at best. This lack of experience will show as they will lose 2-0 to Belgium, 2-1 to Russia and 1-0 to South Korea. Ishak Belfodil will score the lone goal.
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Belgium 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
Russia 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
South Korea 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
Algeria 3 0 0 3 1 5 -4 0
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