Looking at the keepers, Simon Mignolet has the number one spot and is likely to retain it unless he makes some serious mistakes. Thibaut Courtois will have to be patient.
In defence, the recall of Standard’s Laurent Ciman is a minor surprise. He can fill in at right back but he’s another centre back by trade. Vincent Kompany will have a fitness test before the match. Daniel Van Buyten is still there, which could surprise some people.
In midfield, all the usual suspects are included, with the addition of Kevin De Bruyne who has made a fine start with Werder Bremen. There’s no place for Vadis Odjidja and it’s hard to see him breaking in with such a depth of talent; maybe he needs to move to the Premier League.
In attack, there is a lack of true quality. Jelle Vossen has been left out and he can feel himself unlucky. He could play in the ‘false number 9’ role that was given to Eden Hazard last time out. Vossen’s certainly got more guile than his rather straightforward club colleague Christian Benteke.
Possible team: Mignolet; Alderweireld, Kompany (or Van Buyten), Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Defour, Witsel, Fellaini; Hazard, Benteke, Dries Mertens.
Thibaut Courtois (A. Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland, Jean-François Gillet (Torino).
Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Laurent Ciman (Standard), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Sébastien Pocognoli (Standard), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht).
Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Dries Mertens (PSV), Timmy Simons (Nuremberg), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Steven Defour (Porto), Axel Witsel (Benfica), Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Nacer Chadli (Twente), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Brême).
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Igor De Camargo (B.Monchengladbach), Christian Benteke (Genk), Benjamin De Ceulaer (Lokeren), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos).