Hello and welcome to our live blog for the FIFA World Cup 2022 group stage game between Belgium and Canada.
Once the best team in the world (according to FIFA rankings), Belgium has dropped in form quite a bit. Belgium managed to become the best team in the world without even winning a major trophy. The Red Devils is placed in Group F along with Canada, Croatia and Morocco. Belgium is expected to top this group in World Cup 2022 whereas Canada, on the other hand, has qualified for their second World Cup.
Kick off : 12:30 AM (IST) , 7 PM (GMT)
Belgium form (All comps) : D W W L L
Canada form (All comps): L W L D W
Players to watch
Kevin De Bruyne:
Once a Chelsea reject is now one of the world’s best midfielders. Kevin De Bruyne has amassed 25 goals and 46 assists in 94 appearances for Belgium. The Manchester City midfielder is renowned for providing world-class assists and service for his attackers. Kevin De Bruyne has lived up to his status and has already provided 13 assists in 19 games for Manchester City (throughout all competitions). Kevin can further solidify his status as one of the best midfielders as he is a key player for Belgium.
The Roadrunner as Thomas Muller says. Davies suffered from a hamstring injury on 5th November. Just 10 days before Canada’s World Cup opener, Davies said he needs 10 days of rehab to recover. The Bayern Munich Left-Back stuck to his word and pulled it off in the tight timeline. Davies is one of the fastest players in football. He is already one of the best left-backs in the World, proving himself with Bayern Munich. Though still not at complete fitness, Davies’s presence in the backline will help Canada both offensively and defensively. Canada has the likes of Jonathan David and Cyle Larin in their ranks. The addition of Alphonso Davies can definitely help Canada secure a qualification spot.
A key player for Belgium, Romelu Lukaku is set to miss his first two matches for Belgium. The Inter Milan striker has managed to play for just 29 minutes since August. He is battling with a thigh injury and hence Michy Batshuayi is set to replace him. Kevin De Bruyne is definitely expected to show up. However, Eden Hazard is the big player alongside Kevin who can show up for his nation after struggling for Real Madrid.
Alphonso Davies made it just in time to secure his crucial position in the starting XI for Canada. Davies was suffering from a hamstring injury however he has declared that he is ready to play. After Davies, Lille’s Jonathan David is the most crucial player upfront.
Belgium Predicted Line-up (4-3-3):
Thibaut Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne, Carrasco, Michy Batshuayi
Canada Predicted Line-up (3-4-3):
Borjan, Johnston, Davies, Vitoria, Laryea, Hutchinson, Eustaqio, Adekgube, Buchanan, David, Larin
Head To Head Stats :
Belgium has only faced Canada once before and won that game. The last time Belgium faced each other was in 1989.
Drawn : 0
Canada : 0