Jun 17, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Fellaini (69'), Mertens (79')
Vertonghen (23')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Feghouli (24' pen.)
Bentaleb (34')

Preview: Belgium vs. Algeria

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's World Cup Group H clash between Belgium and Algeria.

Dark horses Belgium open their 2014 World Cup campaign with a Group H clash against Algeria on Tuesday.

The European outfit breezed through their qualification section for the World Cup, winning eight of their 10 matches and remaining unbeaten in the process, with that run of results seeing them finish an impressive nine points ahead of Croatia.

This summer is the first time since 2002 that Belgium have qualified for the World Cup, however, with their previous best occurring in 1986, when they finished fourth.

Algeria, meanwhile, have never been past the first round of the World Cup and have qualified just twice since 1986.

After topping Group G in qualifying, Algeria were drawn against Burkina Faso, with Vahid Halilhodzic's team overcoming Faso on away goals.

Algeria also enter the match having won each of their last three friendlies against Slovenia, Armenia and Romania.

Belgium have a slight concern over the fitness of Romelu Lukaku, but the 21-year-old is expected to be fit despite injuring his ankle in the 1-0 friendly win over Tunisia last time out.

Head coach Marc Wilmots has decisions to make in midfield, meanwhile, with Kevin Mirallas, Adnan Januzaj, Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens battling for a spot on the opposite wing to Eden Hazard.

Their back four is expected to include three Premier League players, including skipper Vincent Kompany.

Algeria, meanwhile, have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash. Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli will start in a forward position, while Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is also expected to be selected in the middle of the park.

Algeria also have La Liga experience in the shape of 26-year-old Liassine Cadamuro.

Recent form

Belgium: LDWWW

Algeria: LWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Fellaini, Dembele, Witsel; Hazard, Lukaku, Mirallas

Algeria: M'Bolhi; Mostefa, Bougherra, Cadamuro, Ghoulam; Taider, Medjani, Bentaleb; Soudani, Djabou, Feghouli

Sports Mole says: 2-0

Romelu Lukaku in action for Belgium against Wales on October 13, 2013.
Read Next:
World Cup preview: Group H
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account