THE BOSS ROBERTO MARTINEZ
The former Everton and Wigan boss is under more pressure than any manager at the World Cup. He has an embarrassment of riches in his squad but has to work out his best formula if Belgium are to go far in Russia.
THE STAR KEVIN DE BRUYNE
After a sensational season with Manchester City, De Bruyne should be Belgium’s star. He is most dangerous in a midfield three but the manager’s back-five formation can stifle his creativity. De Bruyne (right) is expected to be more workmanlike in midfield — and that means we see less of the artist.
THE PROSPECT LEANDER DENDONCKER
The 23-year-old, who can play in midfield or at centre back, is highly rated by Anderlecht.
In Eden Hazard they have a proven matchwinner. Martinez sets up his team the same way as Chelsea last season with his captain in a front three behind a centre forward. This team is geared to help Hazard thrive.
With very few full back options, Martinez plays with a back five but two of the five centre backs in his squad have suffered injuries. Thomas Vermaelen is recovering from a hamstring injury while Vincent Kompany is a major doubt.