The number one ranked team in the world begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Saturday evening as Belgium face Russia in Group B.
Roberto Martinez’s side are one of the favourites to win the tournament and will be confident of claiming a win against a team they comfortably beat twice in qualifying for the competition.
Belgium vs Russia Latest Odds
The Red Devils were 4-1 winners when they visited Russia in November 2019, while also recording a 3-1 win on home soil in March of that year.
Another success for Belgium is priced at 4/6 (1.66) with bet365 while the Russians can be backed at 15/4 (4.75) and the draw at 3/1 (4.00).
Belgium vs Russia Team News
The Belgians are set to be without Kevin De Bruyne following the facial injury he picked up in the Champions League final and it remains to be seen whether Eden Hazard is fully fit to start after an injury-plagued season for Real Madrid, having been a substitute in both of Belgium’s warm-up friendlies.
Russia will have veteran forward Artem Dzyuba leading the line with the Zenit St Petersburg forward coming off the back off his best scoring season in the Russian Premier League.
Belgium vs Russia Preview
Following their third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup, Belgium’s golden generation of players will be aiming to go at least one better and reach what would be only the nation’s second ever final at a major tournament.
Martinez’s team certainly have enough firepower to cause any side in the world problems, yet there could be question marks about their ageing back-line who have certainly lost some pace over the years.
Nevertheless, they boast one of the best goalkeepers on the planet n Thibaut Courtois and the Red Devils should be able to see off a Russia side they eased past twice in qualifying.
Belgium vs Russia Tips and Predictions
The Belgians are offered at 5/6 (1.83) to score over 1.5 goals which looks like a strong option, having paid out in five of the last six meetings between these nations.
Russia have conceded twice against Hungary, Sweden and Slovakia, three times against Turkey and five times against Serbia in recent months and look set to struggle against one of the best attacking teams in the world.
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