The 2022 FIFA World Cup is still going on as the seasoned Belgian squad prepares to face a youthful Canadian team looking to make an impression at the top level on Wednesday at the Al Rayyan Stadium. Roberto Martinez has chosen his World Cup squad from the usual suspects. Attacking players Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens have all played for Belgium more than 100 times. The goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and the midfielder Kevin De Bruyne are following closely.
Former Everton player Martinez has held the position since 2016. Results under his leadership have been notably inconsistent. Despite the clear quality on hand, Belgium has struggled to create an impression at international competitions, which has naturally infuriated many Belgian supporters.
It will be intriguing to watch who Roberto Martinez selects for Belgium’s starting lineup. He has previously said that a three-man backline is his preferred formation. It seems logical to maintain such defensive approach given that Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, two regulars in Belgium’s defence, are 68 years old combined.
It makes sense that Leandro Trossard should start in the attack instead of Eden Hazard. Trossard, however, has previously demonstrated his ability to play as a wing-back at the club level, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see the 27-year-old inserted into the lineup to take advantage of his strong play.Their team’s core consists of Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, two rising Canadian stars. Two of the many Canadian internationals who play for European teams are Stephen Eustaquio and Cyle Larin.
Belgium should prevail in this match.
Head to head
Canada has previously matched up with Belgium, and they won. Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans has contributed to four goals in the Premier League this year for Leicester City. In the Premier League, Leandro Trossard, a forward for Brighton & Hove Albion, has been involved in nine goals. Ike Ugbo, a Canadian forward, has contributed to two goals for Troyes in Ligue 1 this year in five league starts. Tajon Buchanan, a Canadian winger who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League, has one goal in five starts.
• Dendoncker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen
• Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco
• De Bruyne, E Hazard; Batshuayi
Canada Starting 11 (3-4-3):
• Johnston, Vitoria, Miller
• Laryea, Eustaquio, Hutchinson, Adekugbe
• Buchanan, Larin, David.
• Tip 1: Belgium as a result
• Tip 2: Over/under 2.5 goals for the game More than 2.5 goals
• Tip 3: Canada will score first
Where To Watch
Canadian vs. Belgian A match from the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be broadcast on the Indian Sports 18 and Sports 18 networks. You may watch on io Cinema as well.
Time: 12:30 am ist
Match: Belgium vs Canada
Date: November 23, 2022