2022 World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Canada

Belgium will trade tackles with Canada at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium at 19:00GMT.

With a squad described by most fanatics as the golden generation, the Belgians may give Qatar 2022 an extra try as majority of the star-studded Red Devils crawl over to the wrong side of age. The team have pushed at all front, always trying to be better than their previous performance. They managed a third-place finish in 2018 after their quarter-final exit in 2014.

Roberto Martinez’s side may not be in the right shape with injuries and fatigue staring at him but his side are one of the big ones aiming for the jackpot. With Canada back to the World Cup after 36 years, Belgium will relish the opportunity to restore their form.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Belgium have won three out of five matches and lost their only game in that period last Friday against Egypt in their final pre-World Cup encounter.  Canada have recorded two losses and two wins with a draw in their last five matches.

BELGIUM

18 November 2022                  Egypt            2–1      Belgium                    International Friendly

25 September 2022                Netherlands 1–0      Belgium                    UEFA Nations League

22 September 2022                Belgium       2–1        Wales                       UEFA Nations League

14 June 2022                            Poland         0–1       Belgium                    UEFA Nations League

11 June 2022                            Wales          1–1       Belgium                    UEFA Nations League

 

CANADA

November 17                           Canada        2–1       Japan                      Friendly

November 11                            Bahrain       2–2       Canada                  Friendly

September 27                           Canada        0–2       Uruguay                Friendly

September 23                           Canada        2–0       Qatar                     Friendly

June 13                                       Honduras    2–1       Canada                 CONCACAF Nations League

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HEAD TO HEAD

Wednesday will be the two sides’ first World Cup meeting having clashed in an international friendly 32 years ago.

 

09 Jun 1989       Canada 0-2 Belgium                      International Friendly

 

 

 

TEAM NEWS

BELGIUM

Lukaku and Meunier are two big doubts for Belgium as the duo race against time to be fit. Yannick Carrasco may handle the left wing-back position in the absence of Thorgan Hazard

PREDICTED LINE-UP

(3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dendoncker; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco; De Bruyne, Batshuayi, E Hazard.

CANADA

Canada may be without Bayern star, Alphonso Davies in what happens to be the biggest blow for the Canadians. He has however resumed full training and could possibly start.

PREDICTED LINE-UP

(3-4-3): Borjan; Miller, Johnston, Vitoria; Laryea, Hutchinson, Eustaquio, Davies; Buchanan, David, Larin