UEFA Euro 2020

Belgium predicted lineup vs Denmark - Euro 2020

Ross Jackson
Romelu Lukaku already has two goals to his name for the tournament
Romelu Lukaku already has two goals to his name for the tournament / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images
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While Roberto Martinez will be pleased with Belgium's 3-0 win over Russia in their opening game of Euro 2020, the victory came at a cost with a number of injuries picked up along the way.

Timothy Castagne will play no further part in the tournament after a nasty clash of heads with Daler Kuzyaev, while veteran defender Jan Vertonghen suffered a knock to the ankle which is likely to rule him out of Thursday's game with Denmark.

That being said, key men Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are working their way back to full fitness and Martinez has confirmed Axel Witsel is available for selection after recovering from an Achilles problem.

Here's how 90min thinks the Red Devils will shape up for their second Group B outing...


Belgium predicted lineup

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Thibaut Courtois comes flying out of his goal against Russia
Thibaut Courtois comes flying out of his goal against Russia / ANTON VAGANOV/Getty Images

Thibaut Courtois (GK) - Given very little to do in Belgium's opening game against Russia and will be pleased to have kicked off the tournament with a comfortable clean sheet.

Toby Alderweireld (CB) - Looked steady enough last time out despite not being troubled all too often, and even at 32 he's an automatic starter in his country's backline when fit.

Dedryck Boyata (CB) - Far from a mainstay in Belgium's defence but was given the nod against Russia ahead of Lyon centre back Jason Denayer and is likely to retain his place in the team.

Thomas Vermaelen (CB) - Replaced Vertonghen in the latter stages of his side's opening day win and is likely to replace the former Tottenham man if he fails to recover in time.


2. Midfielders & wing-backs

Youri Tielemans is likely to start in midfield
Youri Tielemans is likely to start in midfield / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Thomas Meunier (RWB) - Another who could be the beneficiary of a casualty from the game with Russia following Castagne's awful injury. Couldn't have done any more to cement his place as the Leicester man's replacement after doubling Belgium's lead shortly after coming on.

Youri Tielemans (CM) - Ran the show in the centre of midfield against Russia and made the absence of De Bruyne barely worthy of a footnote in the post-match reports.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) - Steady if not spectacular last time out but could be a huge player for Belgium at Euro 2020 as he allows some of their more technically gifted midfielders to strut their stuff.

Thorgan Hazard (LWB) - Not the Hazard you'd be expecting to cause problems down the Belgium left but he looked very impressive against Russia and is likely to retain his place in the starting XI.


3. Forwards

Romelu Lukaku wasted no time in opening his account at Euro 2020
Romelu Lukaku wasted no time in opening his account at Euro 2020 / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

Dries Mertens (RW) - He's never going to be his side's first-choice striker with Romelu Lukaku kicking about but he does a job for the team and helps provide balance on the right in an unfamiliar role.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) - Many people's favourite for the Golden Boot award heading into the tournament and it's clear to see why. Already has two goals to his name and is central to every attack his side launches.

Yannick Carrasco (LW) - While Hazard is on his way back to full fitness he's unlikely to be risked from the off and Atletico Madrid man Carrasco is expected to be handed his second start of the tournament.


You can read a full preview to Belgium's Euro 2020 campaign here.

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