World Cup preview: Group H

Football411’s FAGBURE FUNSHO brings you a breakdown of the 32 teams at the 2014 World Cup, with the focus here on Group H.

Group H sees Belgium make a much-anticipated return to the big time with arguably their strongest squad in over 20 years and a real chance of glory in Brazil.

Russia, meanwhile, will look to make up for lost time having missed out on the previous two World Cup’s and are likely to finish as group runners-up, while the less-favoured Algeria and South Korea face uphill battles if they are to progress to the round of 16.

The favourites

Arguably dark horses to win the tournament in Brazil, Belgium are strong favourites to progress as winners of Group H despite making their first appearance at a World Cup since Korea and Japan 2002.

Marc Wilmots’ side boast some of the best attacking talent in European football at the moment and their well-balanced team are not expected encounter any problems against their less-fancied opponents in the group

The dark horses

Hosts for the next World Cup in 2018, Russia have enough quality in their ranks to at least push the Belgians for top spot, but will need consistency throughout all their Group H encounters to have any chance at an upset.

Very much a team in transition, the industrious Russians can challenge any team in World football on their day and with the tactically astute Italian Fabio Capello at the helm, rule out Russia at your peril.

Prediction:

Winner: Belgium

Second: Russia

Third: South Korea

Fourth: Algeria

Fixtures:

June 17:

Belgium v Algeria

Russia v South Korea

June 22:

Belgium v Russia

South Korea v Algeria

June 26:

South Korea v Belgium

Algeria v Russia

post by Funsho Fagbure