Belgium's talented squad is tipped to edge Russia for top spot in Group H, warranting interest in a Belgium/Russia Straight Forecast bet.
With some bookmakers quoting odds as short as 6/4, it could be worth taking a top price of 9/4 with Betvictor that Belgium will qualify as group winners with Russia occupying second spot after three games.
The Red Devils get their campaign underway against favourites to prop up the table Algeria in Belo Horizonte on June 17th and should have no trouble in getting off to the perfect start. Later that day Russia take on South Korea in Cuiaba and are also widely expected to take three points from their opening game meaning in will be even stevens when for Belgium v Russia in Rio de Janeiro on June 22nd.
Fabio Capello is a master tactician and did incredibly well with Russia to pip Portugal to top spot in qualification for the World Cup, but Belgium have star names throughout their squad and should win comfortably if putting it all together on the pitch. Even keeping Eden Hazard under wraps won't stop the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Kevin De Bruyne having an influence on the game and on the evidence of his form for Everton this season, Romelu Lukaku will be a real handful for the Russian defence. Breaking Belgium down won't be easy either with Premier League defenders Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen protecting talented goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Algeria and South Korea will battle it out to avoid the wooden spoon in Porto Alegre, but look destined to end their tournaments with a loss. Belgium will want to ensure a potentially easier draw by winning the group and won't be doing South Korea any favours in their last game, while Russia should have no trouble booking their place in the last 16 as runners-up in Group H by beating Algeria.
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