Belgium will be hopeful of booking their place in the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on Tunisia in Moscow on Saturday.
Roberto Martinez’s side got off to a winning start in Group G by beating tournament debutants Panama 3-0 and they could potentially go through to the knockout stage with a win.
Tunisia, on the other hand, suffered a deflating last-minute loss against England in the other Group G opener, as Harry Kane struck in the dying moments of the game to break the hearts of the Eagles of Carthage.
A loss against the Belgians in their second game could well extinguish their chances of staying in the competition, since their fate would be taken out of their own hands.
|Game||Belgium vs Tunisia|
|Date||Saturday, June 23|
|Time||1pm BST / 8am ET|
|Stream (US only)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FOX / Telemundo||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BBC One||BBC iPlayer|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Courtois, Mignolet, Casteels|
|Defenders||Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vermaelen, Meunier, Boyata|
|Midfielders||Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Carrasco, Tielemans, Januzaj, Dembele, Chadli, Dendoncker|
|Forwards||E. Hazard, Lukaku, T. Hazard, Batshuayi, Mertens|
With Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen both not expected to be available, Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata should continue alongside Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld at the back.
Since he has no fresh injury concerns, Martinez is unlikely to make any changes to the team that overcame Panama.
Potential Belgium XI: Courtois; Vertonghen, Boyata, Alderweireld; Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Meunier; E. Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku.
|Goalkeepers||Ben Mustapha, Mathlouthi, Hassen|
|Defenders||S. Ben Youssef, Benalouane, Meriah, Haddadi, Beoui, Bronn, Maaloul, Nagguez|
|Midfielders||Khaoui, Khazri, Sassi, Ben Amor, Khalil, Skhiri, Srarfi, Chaalali, Sliti|
|Forwards||F. Ben Youssef, Badri, Khalifa|
Tunisia will start with Farouk Ben Mustapha in goal after Mouez Hassen suffered a shoulder injury early into the game against England. Changes elsewhere are not expected, but it is possible that Oussama Haddadi could come into the team for Ali Maaloul.
Potential Tunisia XI: Ben Mustapha; Haddadi, S. Ben Youssef, Bronn, Meriah; Skhiri, Sassi, Badri, Khazri, F. Ben Youssef, Sliti.
Betting & Match Odds
As you’d expect, Belgium are firm favourites to win the game, with dabblebet offering odds of 3/10 on the Red Devils. Tunisia are 9/1 bets to triumph and a draw is more likely at 4/1.
Belgium struggled to break down Panama for 47 minutes in their opening game, but, once they did, the Red Devils soon found their rhythm, more goals flowed forth and they won with ease.
They are likely to come up against a similar form of resistance from Tunisia on Saturday, with the North African side expected to put men behind the ball while attempting to capitalise on the counter-attack, and the European outfit will have to remain patient as they probe for the breakthrough, something Martinez is all too aware of.
Tunisia were dealt a blow when they lost their first-choice goalkeeper early into the game against England, but they did not let it affect them too much as they fought hard for a result. Of course, their resolve was broken when Kane struck in the last minute, but they will take confidence from their performance nonetheless.
Having put three points on the board, the task for the Belgians now is to raise their games, particularly with a group finale against England on the horizon, and team captain Eden Hazard has been vocal about the need for every player to contribute to the team effort.
Indeed, a lot is expected of this ‘Golden Generation’ at this World Cup and they will be desperate to show that they are every bit worthy of that tag.