Belgium-Macedonia: Vince back but no Mo, no Rom?

By | March 26, 2013

Romelu Lukaku - on the bench again?

Romelu Lukaku – on the bench again?

Last Friday’s results mean that it’s virtually a two-horse race for Group A of the World Cup qualifiers. Croatia easily saw off Serbia and Belgium eventually overcame Macedonia without touching the heights that fans hope they are capable of.

Tonight Croatia visit Cardiff and all Belgians will be hoping that Gareth Bale can be at his best. A win for Wales would really shake up the table, but the odds must be against. In Brussels, a full house (47,000) will watch Belgium in the return against Macedonia.

Belgium’s performance was – in the eye of many, including my postman – not impressive. Since then, Marc Wilmots has said he wants the ball to be circulated quicker in midfield and most observers see that as a message that Everton’s Marouane Fellaini will be on the bench and replaced in midfield by Werder Bremen and Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne. That’s the best solution in my eyes.

Marouane Fellaini - to be replaced by team-mate Mirallas?

Marouane Fellaini – to be replaced by team-mate Mirallas?

That would leave a place on the flank for one of the trio of Everton’s Kevin Mirallas, Twente’s Nacer Chadli and PSV’s Dries Mertens. Wilmots has a high regard for Chadli but the favourite is Mirallas. Whoever starts, Wilmots will make full use of substitutes.
Captain Kompany - looks certain to play tonight

Captain Kompany – looks certain to play tonight

It seems certain that

Vincent Kompany will return to defence and that will be a sign that Wilmots is not too concerned about the feelings of the Premier League clubs. Christian Benteke will get another chance to shine tonight at the expense of Romelu Lukaku. Macedonia will be without Muhamed Demiri and Boban Grncarov, both suspended. The latter had quite a bit of experience in the Jupiler Pro league and was impressive last Friday.

I’ve looked at the Belgium squad here, written ahead of the game in Skopje. Tonight should see three more points for Belgium.

Likely team

Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Witsel; Dembele, De Bruyne; Mirallas, Benteke, Hazard


Belgium 13, Croatia 13, Wales 6, Serbia 4, Macedonia 4, Scotland 2

One thought on “Belgium-Macedonia: Vince back but no Mo, no Rom?

  1. Gerby

    Hi !

    Mirallas will probably be in but I’pretty sure that Lukaku will start on the bench BUT will be on the field some time during second half.

    Best regards,



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