Having demonstrated their never-say-die attitude in the comeback against Algeria, Al Hain-Cole expects Marc Wilmots' men to keep on fighting until the end against strong opposition
Having come from behind to beat Algeria 2-1 in their opener, Marc Wilmots' men are 19/20 (1.95) favourites with Paddy Power to seal progression with one game to spare by coming you on top here.
On the other hand, the Sbornaya could only manage a 1-1 draw with South Korea in their first match and are 16/5 (4.20) outsiders to collect all three points against their much-fancied opponents.
Alternatively, there are odds of 5/2 (3.50) available on Fabio Capello's side playing out yet another draw that would leave their World Cup future hanging in the balance.
For all of the talk of being potential dark horses coming into the tournament, Les Diables Rouges were hardly impressive in their opener against Algeria.
After going a goal down to a first-half penalty, Wilmots' team look laboured for long periods against a resolute defence before eventually finding the breakthrough with two goals in the final 20 minutes.
Wilmots ail no doubt respond to any criticism regarding his side's inability to find the net sooner by suggesting that an ability to fight until the end was a key feature of their successful qualification campaign, and is merely a mark of their character.
Indeed, with goals having been scored after the 72nd minute in 11 of Belgium's last 13 matches, even odds (2.00) seem generous on the net bulging in the final 18 minutes or so once again when they take on a team expected to defend resolutely for much of the game.
That bet looks particularly safe considering it has paid off in three of Russia's previous four fixtures, including the 1-1 draw with South Korea that seemed to spring to life in the final 20 minutes after an edgy opening period.
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