Belgium is breathing football today. Big screens are set up in public places, pubs and cafes are putting out boards to make publicity for the match.
After beating Panama 3-0 last Monday, the Red Devils bump into Tunisia. Manager Roberto Martinez says the match won't be as easy as some fans expect: Tunesia is technically good, plays quickly and was only defeated by England in the final minutes of the game. "We'll have to be on the alert", he says. Martinez is not so happy with some of the negative comments after the 3-0 against Panama: there are no such things as easy games on a World Cup, he argues.
Kompany and Vermaelen ready for England?
Belgium are expected to play with the same team that took on Panama. Dedryck Boyata of Celtic is expected to play as central defender after his good performance last Monday, and while skipper Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are still recovering from injuries (both might make it for the game against England next Thursday. Vermaelen took part in the training sessions the last days, though not 100 percent, red.)
Thomas Meunier and Yannick Carrasco will play as wingers, important positions in Martinez' system with just three defenders. They will need to do both offensive and defensive work.
Belgium is counting on striker Romelo Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne for the goals and/or assists. If Belgium win, they will be certain of a place in the last 16. If not, the clash against England will become much more than just a prestige game.