Date: 22nd June 2021
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Krestovsky Stadium, Russia
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The stage is set for the final set of matches in Group B where the unbeaten Belgium side will take on Finland in what is expected to be a thrilling encounter. While Roberto Martinez's side have already sealed their spot in Round of 16 with two wins in two matches, they will want to finish at top of the group with a draw/win. On the other hand, Finland also have a golden opportunity to progress with a win or even a draw could be enough if Denmark beats Russia in the other match. The stakes are quite high and both the sides will look to bring their best game ahead of the knockout stages.
Jukka Raitala has recovered from a calf problem he sustained in the first match and should be fit to start this crucial game. Nikolai Alho could also feature in this match after recovering from an ankle sprain.
Belgium could see a few changes in their side with Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne set to start this game. Thomas Meunier will keep his place at the right wing-back position with Timothy Castagne ruled out of the tournament.
Among the goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois should be the preferred choice as there are more chances of Belgium keeping a clean sheet in this match. Meanwhile, Lukas Hradecky saved a brilliant penalty in the first match and could give some crucial points if he can repeat his heroics once again. Thomas Meunier should be an undisputed pick in your side as he can score/assist with his amazing runs down the right flank.
While Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne showed their class with a match-winning cameo in the last match, they will be raring to make a bigger impact in this match. On the other hand, Finland will have all their hopes on Glen Kamara and Teemu Pukki who have looked impressive in the tournament. Joel Pohjanpalo and Yannick Carrasco could be the X-Factors in this match.
Probable Playing XI
Hradecky; O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio; Uronen, Kamara, Sparv, Kauko, Raitala; Pukki, Pohjanpalo
Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, E Hazard
Goal-keepers: Hradecky, Courtois
Defenders: Uronen, Meunier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen
Midfielders: Kamara, De Bruyne, E Hazard, Carrasco
Forwards: Mertens, Lukaku, Pukki, Pohjanpalo
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