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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Belgium's strong squad should make hay in second half

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini
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International friendly
7.45pm Monday

Only five teams - Germany, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and France - are seen as more likely than Belgium to win next year's World Cup and Roberto Martinez's side get another chance to enhance their reputation at home to Czech Republic.

The talent throughout the squad is obvious.

Thibaut Courtois is a world-class goalkeeper, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen could be an outstanding back three if Martinez decides to use that formation and there are many midfield options despite Mousa Dembele's injury.

Martinez can't complain about variety with Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Radja Nainggolan and new Monaco signing Youri Tielemans up for selection and the wide and central forward options are plentiful.

Yannick Carrasco, Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Napoli's scoring sensation Dries Mertens are just some of those fighting for positions and if Martinez can find the right balance then Belgium have to be considered runners to lift the World Cup in Russia.

Belgium are understandably short-priced favourites for the visit of Czech Republic, who because of club duties, will be without Tomas Vaclik, Tomas Sivok, Marek Suchy and Borek Dockal.

A better bet could be Belgium to win the second half.

Czech Republic coach Karel Jarolim wants to give minutes to as many of his players as possible and his request to be allowed more than the usual six substitutions has been accepted.

Belgium's vastly superior depth should be highlighted the more both managers make changes.

Belgium to win second half
1pt 17-20 Betway

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A better bet could be Belgium to win the second half as Czech Republic have had their request accepted for more than the usual six subs to be made
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