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Expected line-ups between Belgium and Canada: squad news ahead of today’s World Cup

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Belgium take on Canada in a World Cup Group F clash.

Belgium are heavy favorites to progress as group winners while Canada are underdogs in their first World Cup appearance since 1986, with Croatia and Morocco also in Group F.

John Herdman’s side performed brilliantly in qualifying with the United States and Mexico, but star player Alphonso Davies is doubtful for the country’s biggest game in a generation.

Belgium have their own fitness issues, with Romelu Lukaku a doubt, as the country’s golden generation look to go one step further than their semi-final loss to France in 2018.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Belgium vs Canada?

The match kicks off at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday, November 23 at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

What TV channel is it on and how can I watch online?

It will be shown live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 6.30pm, as well as online on BBC iPlayer.

What’s up with the team?

Romelu Lukaku is a major doubt for Belgium after an injured season for Inter Milan, leaving Roberto Martinez to look for other options in attack. Thorgan Hazard is also an injury doubt.

Canada are set to be without star player Alphonso Davies in what is a blow ahead of their biggest game in a generation. The Bayern Munich left-back and winger suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to recover in time.

Planned compositions

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Debast; Miller, Tielemans, Witsel, Castagne; De Bruyne, Batshuayi, E Hazard

Canada: Borjan; Laryea, Johnston, Steven Vitoria, K Miller, Adekugbe; Buchanan, Hutchinson, Eustaquio; David, Larine

Odds

Belgium: 4/7

Draw: 7/2

Canada: 27/5

Prediction

It would be a shame, especially for Canada, if neither side was complete. However, Belgium have a lot of depth and with a player like Kevin De Bruyne they should have too much quality. Belgium 3-1 Canada

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org