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Belgium vs Russia: Predictions
Belgium vs Russia: Predictions
Belgium 2-0 Russia
The Red Devils go into this summer’s tournament as one of the bookies’ favourites to get their hands on the trophy. With Romelu Lukaku leading the line, Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield and the experienced Toby Alderweireld providing defensive solidity at the back – Belgium are expected to be a force to be reckoned with.
Russia will have their eyes on a spot in the knockout stages this summer. Belgium are the clear favourites to progress from Group B as the top side, however, Denmark, Finland and Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia will all have their eyes on that second spot and a place in the final 16.
Belgium will be sweating over the fitness of their star player, Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City ace suffered a serious facial injury in their Champions League final defeat against Chelsea. Although it is believed he will play his part in the group stages it is still unknown whether he will be able to start the game against Russia on Saturday.
Cherchesov’s men will still have their work cut out on Saturday even if De Bruyne is unable to make the cut. However, the 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists will hope they can draw on their heroics from their home tournament three years ago. Artem Dzyuba will look to guide Russia’s attack again having netted three times in his five games in the 2018 tournament.
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Belgium vs Russia: Match Stats
Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku enters this summer’s tournament as one of the favourites to get his hands on the Golden Boot award. The 28-year-old talisman was in scintillating form in the 2020/21 Serie A campaign having netted 24 goals in his 36 appearances. Adding 10 assists to his name too, the striker will prove a huge threat for any defence.
In six of Belgium’s last eight games, Martinez’s side has entered the half-time break in the lead. The Red Devil’s have made quite the habit of scoring in the first half with £ With expectations high on the shoulders of the world’s number one ranked nation, a quick start on Saturday will certainly help take some pressure off.
Belgium vs Russia: Corner Stats
Belgium have soared to victory in four of their last six games and during those games, they have racked up a total of 33 corners. An average of 5.5 corners throughout those games which was certainly boosted by their final warm-up game against Croatia last weekend when the Red Devils totalled 10 corners.
Belgium vs Russia: Cards Stats
In Russia’s last four games, Cherchesov’s men have picked up at least two yellow cards. Even in their two warm-up friendlies in the lead up to Euro 2020, Russia were awarded two yellow cards in both of their games. The odds are stacked against the Russians and with Belgium expected to control the game, we expect Russia to pick up at least a couple of cards during the 90 minutes.
16 November 2019 – Russia 1-4 Belgium – Euros Qualifiers
21 March 2019 – Belgium 3-1 Russia – Euros Qualifiers
28 March 2017 – Russia 3-3 Belgium – Friendly
22 June 2014 – Belgium 1-0 Russia – World Cup
17 November 2010 – Russia 0-2 Belgium – Friendly
Russia and Belgium have met on seven occasions during their history, however, Russia have not tasted victory in any of those games having lost five and drawn two. Cherchesov will be hopeful his side can defy the odds and finally chalk up their first-ever victory over the Red Devils.