Belgium Bring Big Guns To Bosnia Clash
In order to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive, Greece is counting on Group H leaders Belgium to pick up a result against Bosnia on October 7th at the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo.
Positive news for Greek supporters came in the form of Belgium’s squad announcement Friday for their last two qualifiers against the Bosnians and Cyprus.
Roberto Martinez has not shied away from selecting a full strength squad despite the fact that Belgium have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next year.
Amongst the squad selections are the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi. The majority of these players not only form the core of this team, but many have began the new season in blistering form. The only glaring omission from the squad is Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, who has missed the last few qualifiers in what seems to be a dispute between the player and Martinez.
The hope amongst Greek fans is that the Belgian players stay red-hot so as to earn a result in Sarajevo. Should Belgium win over even draw against Bosnia then Greece would finish 2nd in Group H by winning their final two matches, away to Cyprus and home to Gibraltar. That would see Greece go into a World Cup play-off, assuming they finish in the top eight of the nine 2nd-placed teams.
Belgium Squad List For The Qualifiers Versus Bosnia And Cyprus
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Matz Sels (Anderlecht).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Larent Ciman (Montreal), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Steven Defour (Burnley), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).
Forwards: Michy Batshayi (Chelsea), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Merterns (Napoli), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Wolfsburg).