Belgium vs Russia
SAT 12 JUN 2021 – KO 20:00
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
It’s Belgium vs Russia on Sat 12th June with kick-off scheduled for 20:00. The game will take place in Saint Petersburg stadium. Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side is one of the tournament favourites, and they’ll be hoping to get three points in the bag from their opening game in Russia.
It’s no exaggeration to say Belgium has one of the best squads in European football. The side boasts Kevin De Bruyne, Thorgan & Eden Hazard, Youri Tielemans and Romelu Lukaku. However, his golden generation has yet to win a major tournament.
Belgium finished third at the 2018 World Cup finals, and manager Roberto Martinez will be hoping his team will do even better at this years European Championships.
Belgium were the top scorers in qualifying overall with 40 goals in their ten matches. The Red Devils conceded just three goals during qualifying, the joint-best record along with Turkey.
The game in Saint Petersburg will hold no fear for the Belgium team. Roberto Martinez’s met Russia twice in qualifying and beat them on both occasions. Paddy Power has Belgium as the 13/20 favourites in this match. Short odds, but a fair assessment of their chances.
Russia has featured in eight of the last nine EUROs. However, they have not won in their last five EURO games (D2 L3); their last victory came against the Czech Republic in their UEFA EURO 2012 opener.
Cherchesov’s team qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 as Group I runners-up, finishing behind Belgium in the group. Notably, Russia lost twice to Belgium, so the formbook is certainly against them.
The bookmakers aren’t giving Russia much of a chance either. You can get 4/1 on a Russian victory, and those are big odds for a home side in a major competition.
A defeat would not be disastrous for Russia; they’ll be confident of picking off Finland in their next game, which will set up a crunch match against Denmark in Copenhagen. The top two in each group plus the four best third-placed teams go through to the tournament’s final stages.
We’ll be updating the squad information closer to the match.