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PREVIEW: Belgium v Russia

Royal Ascot is over for another year but we can look forward to Wimbledon starting tomorrow and of course continuing action from the World Cup.

The Belgium v Russia game at 5pm (LIVE BBC) appeals for the most for a bet today.

Belgium were many peoples idea of live outsiders for the tournament outright and their young side got off to a winning start in Group H with a win against Algeria.

It wasn’t the most convincing of wins. Algeria had gone ahead through a first half penalty and it needed late goals from Fellaini (70 minutes) and Dries Mertens (80 minutes) to seal the victory.

However, Russia hardly impressed either in their opening game. The side, now led by former England boss Fabio Capello came from behind to draw 1-1 with South Korea after a goalkeeper error had gifted South Korea their lead.

Belgium should be able to get all three points in this clash at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

In the last three times they have met, there has been a different result each time !

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
Nov 2010 International Russia 0-2 Belgium
Jun 2002 World Cup Belgium 3-2 Russia
Apr 1996 International Belgium 0-0 Russia

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany is expected to be match fit after a groin injury sustained in the game against Algeria.

I’m keeping it simple after a bad day yesterday. A straight forward win on the Belgians.

RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)

13 points BELGIUM to beat RUSSIA at around 5/4 with Star Sports

WORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: LOSS 6.54 POINTS

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