Hello and welcome to our live blog for the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Belgium and Canada.
Once the best team in the world (according to FIFA rankings), Belgium have waned quite a bit in form. Belgium managed to become the best team in the world without even winning a big trophy. The Red Devils are placed in Group F along with Canada, Croatia and Morocco. Belgium is expected to lead this group at the 2022 World Cup, while Canada has qualified for its second World Cup.
Kick-off: 00:30 (IST) , 19:00 (GMT)
Belgian form (all competitions): DWWLL
Canada Form (all competitions): LWLDW
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Kevin De Bruyne:
Once a Chelsea reject, he is now one of the best midfielders in the world. Kevin De Bruyne has recorded 25 goals and 46 assists in 94 games for Belgium. The Manchester City midfielder is known for providing top-notch assists and performances for his attackers. Kevin De Bruyne has lived up to his status by providing 13 assists in 19 games for Manchester City (across all competitions). Kevin can further cement his status as one of the best midfielders as he is a key player for Belgium.
The Roadrunner as Thomas Müller says. Davies suffered a hamstring injury on November 5. Just 10 days before Canada’s World Cup opener, Davies said he needed 10 days of rehab to recover. The Bayern Munich left-back kept his word and kept it in the short time. Davies is one of the fastest players in football. Already one of the best left-backs in the world, he’s proving himself at Bayern Munich. Although Davies is still not fully fit, Davies’ presence in defense will help Canada both offensively and defensively. Canada has names like Jonathan David and Cyle Larin in its ranks. The addition of Alphonso Davies can definitely help Canada secure a qualifying spot.
Romelu Lukaku, a key player for Belgium, is expected to miss his first two games for Belgium. The Inter Milan striker has managed to play just 29 minutes since August. Struggling with a hamstring injury, he will be replaced by Michy Batshuayi. Kevin De Bruyne is definitely expected to show up. However, alongside Kevin, Eden Hazard is the big player to emerge for his nation after battling for Real Madrid.
Alphonso Davies was just in time to secure his crucial starting position for Canada. Davies was suffering from a hamstring injury but has stated he is ready to play. After Davies, Lille’s Jonathan David is the most important player up front.
Estimated formation of Belgium (4-3-3):
Thibaut Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne, Carrasco, Michy Batshuayi
Expected lineup of Canada (3-4-3):
Borjan, Johnston, Davies, Vitoria, Laryea, Hutchinson, Eustaqio, Adekgube, Buchanan, David, Larin
Belgium has only played Canada once before and won that game. The last time Belgium played each other was in 1989.
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