By William Hill
25th June 2018
Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan is among the players Belgium boss Roberto Martinez can call upon if, as expected, he elects to rest key men for the Rode Duivels’ final World Cup 2018 Group G game against England.
The Chelsea star is believed to be nursing a calf complaint and will likely sit out the game that will determine which team advances from Group G in pole position.
As rumours about potential line-ups swirl, Belgium have assumed slight 17/10 favouritism to beat England, who are 9/5 next to the 2/1-rated draw.
Here we outline the lads likely to take Hazard’s place in the ranks, with his younger sibling chief among them.
Thorgan Hazard – 14/5 to score anytime vs England
Fresh off the back of his finest season to date, junior Hazard has strong claims to deputise for his elder family member.
He scored 10 goals and assisted a further five in the Bundesliga, despite his club, Borussia Monchengladbach, labouring to a mid-table finish.
With 11 caps to his name, he’s no international rookie either and has the versatility and dribbling skills to seamlessly slot into Martinez’s favoured system.
Nacer Chadli – 9/4 to score anytime vs England
The West Brom schemer is an experienced Premier League campaigner and is well versed in the strengths and weaknesses of the England defenders he may line up against.
An injury-hit season allowed him to make only five top-flight appearances last term, but he’s a seasoned international, having lined up 45 times for his country, scoring on five occasions.
Adnan Januzaj – 4/1 to score anytime vs England
Januzaj is the most inexperienced of the trio and was something of a shock inclusion in Belgium’s World Cup 2018 squad.
He ended a near four-year exodus from the international fold earlier this year, but was only a rotational option at Real Sociedad last season, starting just 18 La Liga games.
If Martinez only picks one of these players in his front three, England will probably hope it’s him.