Our football match prediction:
Belgium will be looking to kick off their World Cup campaign with a win when they take on Panama in Sochi in the opening match in Group G. The Red Devils rolled over Salah-less Egypt earlier in June and the good news for the fans is that coach Roberto Martinez has a full squad to choose from. Romelu Lukaku is likely to lead the line for the Red Devils against Panama, but the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard will pose a big threat for the opposition back-line as well. Los Canaleros were more than fortunate to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the star-studded Belgians at Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever at the FIFA World Cup finals.
Highlighted Player (Lukaku):
Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli, born on 13th of ay 1993 is a Belgian player with roots form Congo. Lukaku played for several youth teams before he got picked up by RSC Anderlecht. After playing for only 2 seasons for Anderlecht Chelsea picked him up for around12 million euro. Lukaku was never able to get a spot in the starting eleven of Chelsea and after playing for WBA he moved to Everton for approximately 35 million euro.Lukaku made his debut in February 2010 by the age of 16 and is one of the youngest players that player for the highest Belgian national team. The biggest achievement of Lukakui is winning the Eerste klasse in Belgium and the English FA Cup. With his strength and goal scoring abilities Lukaku can be considered as one of the deadliest strikers of the world. Nicknames for Lukaku are Big Rom and the Tank.
Highlighted Team (Panama):
Established in 1937, the Panama national team is a member of CONCACAF confederation which has seen their reputation grow significantly over the past decade. Los Canaleros finished as runners-up in the 2005 and 2013 Gold Cup respectively, while they also reached the fourth round for the 2006 and 2014 World Cup CONCACAF qualifications in that order. Panama were denied their place in the play-offs in 2014 in the last 90 seconds of the ultimate match with USA as they conceded two late goals in stoppage time as they crashed out of the qualification. Los Canaleros are heading into the Copa America Centenario as the winners of the qualifying play-offs and under the guidance of former Colombia and Ecuador head coach Henan Dario Gomez they will try to build on their most recent momentum. Midfielder Gabriel Gomez is the most capped player for Panama with his 125 appearances since 2003, while Luis Tejada is the team’s top scorer with 42 goals in 94 appearances so far.