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  • November 17, 2010
  • • 16:00
  • • Central'nyj Stadion Profsoyuzov, Voronezh
  • Referee: H. Kaasik
  • • Attendance: 30000
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International Friendly Preview: Russia – Belgium

International Friendly Preview: Russia – Belgium

This promises to be an interesting clash…

Stretching The Momentum

 

Russia didn’t qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals but they have made a very positive start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as they are currently in pole position in Group B with nine points from four matches.

However, Dick Advocaat’s side are just two points clear in the lead with three teams level on seven points and need to score more than they have done. Nevertheless, since the next batch of qualifying games are not going to played until next year, Russia can look forward to refurbishing their team and papering the cracks that they have shown so far.

A win against Belgium tonight should be firmly on the Russians’ mind but they must also try to perform well. Russia have got the results so far but their performance has yet to be fully convincing and against the Belgians they will aspire to better themselves in every department.

Look For Reconstruction

Belgium are no European superpowers but their start to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign has been worse than they would have expected.

Currently Georges Leekens’ side are fourth in Group A with just four points from as many matches and lie eight points behind group leaders Germany and three behind Austria, who are second.

The match against Russia comes at a time when the Belgians will hope to recover their winning spirit and boost their moral ahead of the next round of matches in the new year. Belgium have a number of good and promising youngsters and this could be the platform that they could be tested on.

TEAM NEWS
 
Russia

 

The big-name players all are in. Andrei Arshavin is likely to start and so are Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

Belgium

Uncapped midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe has been called up to the squad and so has Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet while defender Laurent Ciman will earn only his second cap for the Belgium national team.


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Players to watch

A. Arshavin

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Andrei Arshavin is one of Russia’s most well-known players and the Arsenal forward will be a big player against Belgium. The 29-year-old’s versatility to play as a forward or behind one as well his skills, pace and physical presence will be important for the Russians today.

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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Romelu Lukaku is one of the most talented teenagers on the planet and although he may not start against Russia, he will come on at one point. Only 17, Lukaku has already played seven times for Belgium and the hugely gifted Anderlecht striker will be crucial in the latter stages for goals.

Editor's Prediction

A win for the Russians is the most likely outcome, although Belgium could make it tough for them by scoring a goal.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Russia

Belgium

Wins
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Russia RUS
Russia Russia
Draw
Belgium BEL
Belgium Belgium
90%

Top 3 Predictions

Russia RUS
2 - 1
Belgium BEL
Russia RUS
2 - 0
Belgium BEL
Russia RUS
1 - 0
Belgium BEL

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