World Cup 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Belgium vs Algeria Preview
With matches in the Group H the first round will be finally completed. Although they have not had significant results in the past, Belgium is one of the better teams a this World Cup. They played qualification for this World Cup in a very tough group, but nevertheless they won even eight games and two played draw. Players of those national team are members of the best European clubs, but with a significant role in them. However, friendly matches have showed some weaknesses of this team, which despite great forwards has problems with scoring, from time to time. However, goalkeeper Courtois is a high quality and reliable, and probably one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Also, defensive players are highly reliable and their opponents have a lot of trouble with finding a way to attack on the goal. Decision of the head coach Wilmots to not take the best goal scorer of Aston Villa, Benteke, can be fatal, since the striker Lukaku has problem with injury. However, his performance in the first match of Belgium at the tournament is expected.
Probable line-up of Belgium (4-2-3-1): Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Vermaelen – Witsel, Fellaini – de Bruyne, E.Hazard, Mirallas – Lukaku
National team of Algeria is remembered by a goalless draw against England at the previous World Cup, which was played in South Africa in 2010. This draw has swept the fact that they had not scored even a single goal at the championship under the carpet. However, they changed their coach a year later, who has managed to remove some their weaknesses, so Algeria achieved four wins in five games of qualifying for the World Cup. However, they have achieved a placement at the World Cup thanks to goal scored in the defeat away to Burkina Faso and then saving their net at home (1-0). Coach Vahid Halilhodzic has often changed the line-up, as it could be seen in the friendly matches ahead of the World Cup, which indicates a lack of quality on which he might rely, so it is difficult to predict players who will start the game against the strongest opponents in the Group H.
Probable line-up of Algeria (4-3-2-1): Zemmamouche – Mandi, Boughera, Cadamuro, Ghoulam – Lacen, Taider, Yebda – Feghouli, El Soudani – Slimani
Belgium vs Algeria Match Prediction
A defense is still the biggest problem of the team of Algeria and I do not see how they will save their goal against a very dangerous Belgium. On the other hand, Belgium has a very reliable goalkeeper as well as defensive line, so it is risky to opt for a bet on goals. Therefore, I propose: Belgium -1.