As the FIFA World Cup, 2018 is under progress and the big fishes except France have already gone through some upsets, the hot favourites from group G, Belgium are about to flag off their campaign against the underdogs Panama today (18th June).
On the other hand, Panama are making their maiden appearance in the tournament and will eye to avoid a heavy defeat against the European giants. They will be keen to make some impacts as other debutants Iceland have already done.
Belgium vs Panama Team News:
The Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is likely to be left out of the squad, following an injury. His vacant place is expected to be filled by the Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman. Apart from that, Michy Batshuayi’s injury also may leave him on the bench.
On the other hand, the Panama manager Hernan Gomez might be forced to play the injured defender Roman Torres due to lack of proper replacements in his hands. Apart from that, he is expected to line up his squad with five defenders and a single forward between Gabriel Torres and the veteran Blas Perez.
Belgium vs Panama Possible Line-ups:
Belgium vs Panama Key Players:
The Belgium manager Roberto Martinez does have a combination of the world-class players in his team from the Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to the Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku. Although they had failed to perform in the big tournaments in the past, this time, they will be highly optimistic to prove their worths. Apart from Lukaku and Courtois, anyone among the superstars like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco might have an impact in changing the direction of the game.
On the other hand, the weakest team to participate in the tournament, Panama are surely under huge pressure since the beginning of the tournament as their star Alberto Quintero has been ruled out of the tournament. The underdogs will certainly be optimistic to accept a considerable result except for a heavy defeat.
Belgium vs Panama Palace Previous Meeting:
Reportedly, these teams had never faced each other in the past. This will be their first-ever meeting in the history.
Belgium Latest Form: D-W-W-D-W-W
Panama Latest Form: D-L-L-W-D-L
Belgium vs Panama Betting Odds (Bet365):
Chelsea – 1.16
Draw – 8.00
Crystal Palace – 23.00
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Belgium vs Panama Live Streaming Link:
The game is scheduled on Monday, 18th June 2018 from 08:30 PM IST and will be telecast on Sony LIV, Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3, Sony ESPN, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN HD for Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links send us a message on our official Facebook page.
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