UEFA Euro 2020

Belgium predicted lineup vs Finland - Euro 2020

Tom Gott
Belgium can seal top spot of Group B
Belgium can seal top spot of Group B / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images
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Belgium have already sealed a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 and are now looking to cement top spot in their group.

To do so, they'll need at least a point against a Finland side chasing their own place in the next round, and while it might not be too easy, it's definitely the kind of game in which Roberto Martinez can hand out some rests.

Here's how the Belgium boss should set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Thibaut Courtois
Courtois will start again / BRUNO FAHY/Getty Images

Thibaut Courtois (GK) – Courtois will be expecting to add another clean sheet to his CV here, but he’ll have to be alert against an intriguing Finnish forward line.

Thomas Vermaelen (CB) – With just 14 minutes under his belt so far, expect to see Vermaelen pick up some valuable game time ahead of the knockout stages.

Dedryck Boyata (CB) – Boyata sat out the Denmark game so will now be ready to step back in and give older players like Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld some well-earned rest.

Jason Denayer (CB) – Two games in four days isn’t ideal for Denayer, but he can handle it better than some of his more experienced teammates.

2. Midfielders

Eden Hazard
Hazard is slowly getting back to his best / Hannah McKay - Pool/Getty Images

Thomas Meunier (RM) – With Timothy Castagne out for the foreseeable future, Meunier is Martinez’s only real option at right wing-back, but he’s good enough to be a starter anyway.

Axel Witsel (CM) - Witsel made his long-awaited return from an Achilles injury against Denmark and now gets the chance to get some more minutes under his belt.

Dennis Praet (CM) - Praet hasn't seen many minutes just yet, but here's his chance to step in and give Leicester teammate Youri Tielemans a break.

Yannick Carrasco (LM) - With Thorgan Hazard out injured, the left wing-back spot should go to Carrasco, who has impressed in that role in the past for both club and country.

Eden Hazard (AM) - We've seen glimpses of the real Hazard and he looks to be slowly finding his feet this summer. More minutes will only help his recovery.

Kevin De Bruyne (AM) - He ran the show against Denmark, and De Bruyne now needs his own share of minutes to prepare himself for the knockout stages.

3. Forward

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku will expect to score goals / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku (ST) - Lukaku should probably be rested here, but he'll be desperate for every chance to boost his numbers in pursuit of the Golden Boot award.


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