It will be Belgium’s turn to set the ball rolling at the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they take on Panama in their first game of Group G on 18th June at the Fisht Stadium. Belgium, my personal favorites, are a side right enough to challenge for the title this time with Kevin De Bruyne in the form of his life. He is at the helm of a Manchester City side that has been next to undefeatable. Panama, on the other hand, are most likely the weakest side in the tournament with most of their players nearing the end of their careers. It will be nothing less than the highest upset if Panama manages to get the better of Belgium.
Let’s go ahead and analyze how Belgium and Panama stack up against each other. This is going to be the third time that Belgium is going to play in the world cup tournament and they had their best outing in the last edition of the tournament wherein they ripped unbeaten through the group stages. Belgium has also earned the honor of having been the number one team on FIFA World Rankings for a five-month stretch in 2015. Therefore, it is apparent that the team is having its best phase and they have some exciting players to watch out for. On the other hand, Panama will be making its World Cup debut and they don’t have any stellar records to show off. The only thing that one can expect from Panama is that they play well and put up a gritty performance in front of the global audiences to underline the fact that they belong to this level.
For the fans, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne teaming up will be a treat to watch as the two are likely to come up with a goal fest for them. Belgium has been ruthless against minnows in the recent past, and they are most likely to repeat that feat again. Unlike the more popular defensive trend that is prevalent in football these days, Belgium is known to play some attacking style of soccer with quick one-two ones. It will be a pain for every football fan to miss out on such an exciting exhibition of attacking the football. To make sure that doesn’t happen, we are here to bring all the details from match schedule to expected team lineups and live stream with this little guide.
Belgium 3 Panama 0
The number of channels which will live stream the FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium vs Panama match is going to vary from region to region.
The Live Stream channels are likely to go live an hour before the kick off for the Belgium Panama game. FOX Sports will be live streaming the pre-match show as well on its channel entirely dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. BBC and ITV both will be having a live stream of their respective websites. Sony will have a live quality real-time live stream on its official app, Sony LIV.
Belgium vs Panama Official Streaming Channels
The live stream on which most fans could be able to watch the Belgium Panama game is expected to come from beIN Sports. Other official broadcasters like Sky, Canal+, and DirecTV will also be having a live stream available for the match between Belgium and Panama. Fans who won’t have access to any official live stream can use the VPN Gateways to enjoy the match on their choice of device. Fans who are fed up with Cable’s mess can opt for sticky bundles. They can choose from amongst fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and other top names who offer an excellent package with excellent quality.
Links to the streams will be updated five minutes before the match.
Matches to follow
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The Group G encounter between Belgium and Panama will be played at the Fisht Stadium on 18th June with a scheduled kick-off at 18:00 local time. The Fisht Arena was originally built during the 2014 Olympic Games but will now be used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well. It is made with a seating capacity of 47,659.
Belgium boasts of having one of the most active sides in this FIFA World Cup. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, and a few more names will be out to make it a day to remember for the Belgian fans. Panama, on the other hand, is likely to wave goodbye to a generation of footballers that have taken them to the FIFA World Cup somehow. Captain Felipe Baloy will have a tough task in his hands to stop the Belgian rampage. Here is a look at how both sides may lineup.
Courtois (GK); Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Kompany (C), Alderweirald; Hazard, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Batshuayi, Mertens, Lukaku
Penedo (GK); R Torres, Baloy, Machado, Cummings; Gabriel Goméz, Cooper, Quintero; Blas Pérez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres
For the Belgian fans, VRT and RTBF will be the official broadcasters where they can watch the coverage an hour before the kickoff. In Panama, fans can tune into Sky to catch all the action. Fans across the world will have their official broadcasters to watch the action between Panama and Belgium. FOX Sports for the American fans, Sony for the fans in Asian Subcontinent, beIN Sports for the fans in the Middle East and North Africa, DirecTV for the Caribbean fans, Canal+ for the fans in Africa, BBC and ITV for the Brit fans, and Perviy Kanal for the local Russian fans. Most of the official broadcasts will start soon after the game between Sweden and South Korea comes to an end.
Belgium is likely to run riots against Panama. It would be next to impossible for Panama to turn the table on their opponents. It will be just a matter of how many goals does Belgium score. Keeping the World Cup stage in mind, we predict the scoreline to be in a bit of control and read Belgium 4-0 Panama.
Group G is a pretty clear group with two powerful teams pitted against two new teams. In this particular match, Belgium has an upper hand (or shall we say boot) over Panama. Our forecast is that Belgium won’t face much of a challenge in this opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.