The winner of Belgium v Russia will assume a commanding position in Group H when the sides meet in Rio De Janeiro.
Whoever comes out on top in this match will most likely top Group H and gain a favourable draw in the Second Round, but both sides could just as easily cancel each other out and leave the group wide open. Fabio Capello is a seasoned tactician and will be looking to avoid defeat at all costs, his Russian side could frustrate Belgium and backing the draw looks the best bet in the Match Odds market. Despite the attacking talent present in both sides, it's unlikely that either team will take many risks and a bet on there being Under 2.5 goals is recommended, while Correct Score punters may prefer to back a 1-1 draw.
Romelu Lukaku looks like being the biggest danger for Russia's defence and he makes the most appeal as a First Goalscorer for Belgium, while Eden Hazard may well be chaperoned to nullify his influence on the game allowing Kevin de Bruyne more freedom and he rates as a decent shout in the Anytime Scorer market. For Russia, it's hard to choose between Alexander Kerzhakov and Aleksandr Kokorin for First Goalscorer bets, but Roman Shirokov stands out as a good bet in the Anytime Goalscorer market.
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