One of the highly anticipated team in this year’s World Cup, Belgium, are set to start their campaign this Monday as they face up against new comer, Panama at Fisht Stadium, Sochi.
Being considered as a talented team that can win it all, Red Devils once again are keen on showcasing that their golden generation squad can really fulfill their potential of becoming a winning team.
However, before getting too far with anything, Roberto Martinez’s squad must first give their best in taking down Panama, which might not be an easy task should Belgium doesn’t take things seriously.
Facing a newcomer can be tricky at times, especially if they’re quality or playing style is not that well known, nevertheless with the amount of talent that Belgium have they still should be able to overcome their opponent.
As for Panama themselves, they are obviously in such high spirit ahead of their opening fixture against the Red Devils as it will be their first ever World Cup match.
The Concacaf side don’t really have much pressure on them, so they can just give their all without having any concern regarding whatever results they will be getting.
Nerves might be the main issue for Hernan Dario Gomez’s team as playing in such big stage for the first time while facing up against many top players can be an overwhelming experience for some.
Nevertheless, Los Canaleros doesn’t just want to be there for sight seeing, they are determined in showcasing their footballing quality and give Belgium some problems.
Probable starting line up:
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois(g); Jan Vertonghen, Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier; Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku.
Panama: Jaime Penedo(g); Roman Torres, Fidel Escobar, Eric Davis, Michael Murillo; Gabriel Gomez, Anibal Godoy, Armando Cooper, Edgar Barcenas, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Blas Perez.