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Belgium vs Russia
When: 22 June 2014 – 17:00 GMT
Where: Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Referee:‬ F. Brych
Live Odds: 2.10 | 3.30 | 3.50 – Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to €200
Tip: Belgium to win to nil at odds 3,30 at Bet365

Belgium made hard work of their first match in World Cup Group H but Marc Wilmots’ much-hyped side managed to come from behind to beat Algeria.

As favourites to win the group, Belgium can expect to again face a team prepared to sit deep and defend in numbers when they play Russia on Sunday.

The main injury concern for Belgium is a groin problem for Vincent Kompany, but the captain is expected to lead his side out again at the Maracana, providing vital leadership and quality in the heart of the defence.

Romelu Lukaku was disappointing in the 58 minutes he played against Algeria but the Chelsea striker will continue to lead the line for Belgium, with his pace and power likely to cause problems for Russia’s slow defence.

The most likely change for Belgium is a starting place for Marouane Fellaini after the Manchester United midfielder came off the bench to score against Algeria, with Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli likely to make way. The other scorer against the north Africans – Dries Mertens – is also pushing for a start.

Wilmots has claimed that Eden Hazard is among the top five players in the world but to prove it the Chelsea forward will have to improve on his record of six international goals in 45 matches. He could make the difference and provide the extra quality to get past Russia.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made the mistake of the tournament so far – and there have been a few – when he spilled the ball into his own net in the 1-1 draw with South Korea.

It was the nadir of a shaky display throughout the game for Akinfeev but Russia coach Fabio Capello has insisted he will not change his goalkeeper to face Belgium.

Russia are unbeaten in their last 11 matches under Fabio Capello but they lacked drive and quality on the ball against South Korea, with Roman Shirokov’s influence badly missed in midfield as he misses the tournament through injury.

As he looks to guide Russia to just their third ever victory at the World Cup finals, Capello may hand a start to 31-year-old striker Alexander Kerzhakov after his equaliser as a substitute in the first game.

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