4 Things Marc Wilmots Should Test in Belgium's Friendly Against Tunisia
In what will be their last friendly before the World Cup in Brazil finally starts, Belgium will face Tunisia on Saturday.
Having already faced Luxembourg and Sweden in friendlies, Belgium boss Marc Wilmots must already have a first XI in mind for the tournament. Nonetheless, some final decisions need to be made, and the match against Tunisia will provide a perfect opportunity to test just a few more things.
Here, we take a look at four things Wilmots must experiment with now that he still has the chance.
The Back 4
In Belgium's recent friendly against Luxembourg, Wilmots started with Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen as his back four.
In the following friendly against Sweden, Wilmots moved Vermaelen to the position of left-back and replaced Vertonghen with Bayern Munich centre-back Daniel van Buyten.
While both are able to do a job in that position, Vertonghen and Vermaelen are not natural full-backs.
Vermaelen, however, is usually picked to partner Kompany in the centre of defence.
After the match against Tunisia, Wilmots will have to make a final decision about the exact composition of his back four.
The Central Midfielder
Against Luxembourg, Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini played as the central midfielder behind playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and in front of anchor Axel Witsel.
Although Fellaini performed well enough, Wilmots tried out Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Dembele in this position against Sweden.
Backed up by Witsel or Steven Defour, the midfielders were allowed to bomb forward whenever De Bruyne roamed to either one of the flanks.
Against Tunisia, Wilmots will get one last chance to test who does best in this role. Will the manager go for Fellaini's strength and energy, or for Dembele's creativity?
The Right Winger
Up front, most positions seem relatively clear cut.
Kevin de Bruyne will play as the No. 10, Lukaku as the striker, and Eden Hazard will come in from the left.
The only position still doubtful is the position of right winger.
Against Luxembourg, Everton's Kevin Mirallas performed well in this position. Against Sweden, Napoli's Dries Mertens was allowed a chance.
There are other options as well.
Although not a right winger, Tottenham Hotspur's Nacer Chadli could be fitted into this role. Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj, whose talent and hunger are undeniable, could also be used.
Against Tunisia, Wilmots will have to make up his mind: Who will be the Rode Duivels' right winger in Brazil?
With Christian Benteke definitely ruled out, it's clear that Romelu Lukaku will be Belgium's main striker during the World Cup in Brazil.
Lukaku performed well in Belgium's first two friendlies, scoring a hat-trick against Luxembourg and the 0-1 against Sweden.
Should Lukaku suffer from injury or suspension, however, it's important to have a back-up.
Exactly for this reason, Wilmots has included Lille's Divock Origi in the squad.
Against Tunisia, the Belgian boss would do well to give the inexperienced Origi some playing time. What if the youngster has to come on during the quarter-final of the World Cup?
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