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Belgium v Algeria: Team line ups

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Belgium will be looking to Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard this evening as they open their World Cup campaign against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.

Belgian boss Marc Wilmots will set out to play an attacking style of football, and Lukaku's fitness will be key to that end.

The Chelsea striker has been recovering from an ankle injury suffered against Tunisia, but takes his place in the team with Christian Benteke a long-term casualty.

While Lukaku is important to the Belgians, it's another Chelsea player that most fans will have their eye on. Eden Hazard has been exceptional at times for the Blues since his move from Lille but he's yet to perform on a consistent basis for the Red Devils.

He scored a magnificent goal in the World Cup warm-up game against Sweden, and Wilmots will be looking for more moments of genius as Group H gets underway tonight.

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Although they find themselves in a relatively straightforward group, this evening's match is the easiest on paper. South Korea and Russia play later this evening at 11pm.

The teams are...

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, Chadli, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku

Substitutes: Simon Mignolet, Sammy Bossut, Laurent Ciman, Nicolas Lombaerts, Anthony Vanden Borre, Thomas Vermaelen, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas, Divock Origi

Algeria: M’Bolhi, Bougherra, Ghoulam, Medjani, Halliche, Bentaleb, Mostefa, Taïder, Feghouli, Mehrez, Soudani

Substitutes: Mohamed Zemmamouche, Cedric Si Mohamed, Aissa Mandi, Essaid Belkalem, Djamel Mesbah, Medhi Lacen, Liassine Cadamuro, Abdelmoumen Djabou, Yacine Brahimi, Hassan Yebda, Islam Slimani, Nabil Ghilas

Algeria have not found the net on their last five attempts at the World Cup, including the 0-0 draw against England at the 2010 tournament. They squeaked through round three qualifying against Burkina Faso with a 1-0 home win in Blida last November, and travel to Brazil looking to improve on the single point they picked up in South Africa four years ago.

Key man - Belgium

Eden Hazard, without a doubt. The winger was Chelsea's top scorer last season with 14 Premier League goals in 35 appearances and he's electrifying out wide when on top form.

Wilmots' side are blessed with impressive strength in depth for a nation of just 11 million people, and Premier League fans will notice a number of familiar faces in the starting eleven.

Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen should all star but watch out for Napoli flying machine Dries Mertens too. He's a substitute here but will operate on the opposite flank to Hazard if called upon, and will be tasked with providing the service to Lukaku through the middle.

Key man - Algeria

Sofiane Feghouli should be one Kompany and co keep the closest eye on. The Valencia man is a talented attacking midfielder, and if given the time and space on the ball, could pose one or two problems for a formidable looking Belgium rearguard.

He made 22 starts in La Liga last season, scoring four and providing assists for eight more.

Match prediction

This one should be pretty straightforward for Belgium. Fancied as dark horses for the tournament by many, they should stroll through this group, kicking things off with a 3-0 win here.

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