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How Belgium could line up against Russia

How Belgium could line up against Russia
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Belgium could line up for their Euro 2020 opener with Russia on Saturday.

Belgium's talismanic playmaker Kevin De Bruyne will not be fit for their opening clash of Euro 2020 with Russia on Saturday night.

The Manchester City man suffered two facial fractures in the Champions League final and was forced to undergo surgery, which led to manager Roberto Martinez effectively ruling him out of the opening encounter, and he has not travelled with the team to St Petersburg.

The Red Devils have no fresh concerns for this clash, but caution will continue to be observed over the injury-plagued Eden Hazard, while Axel Witsel is still working his way back to fitness after a long-term Achilles issue and is definitely out.

A familiar back four will see Thibaut Courtois reprise his regular role in goal, and with Dedryck Boyata not at full fitness, the three-man defence should see Toby Alderweireld, Jason Denayer and Jan Vertonghen feature from the first whistle.

Timothy Castagne and Thomas Meunier are in competition to start on the right, but with the former's Leicester City teammate Youri Tielemans surely in line to start, Castagne will hope to link up with his fellow Fox on Saturday.

Another Premier League lynchpin in Leander Dendoncker ought to partner Tielemans in midfield, while La Liga title winner Yannick Carrasco should be given the nod as a left wing-back.

Thorgan Hazard should provide some more attacking impetus from the wide areas while his brother Eden warms the bench, and the final two spots in Martinez's attack should be occupied by Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku - the latter of whom now boasts 60 goals for the national team.

Belgium possible starting lineup: Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Castagne, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Carrasco; Mertens, Hazard; Lukaku

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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