Belgium vs Portugal prediction is that Contenders Belgium will take on defending champions Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16 in Seville on Sunday.
Portugal will be playing Belgium in the Round of 16 at EURO 2020. The match will be played at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville and kicks off at 12:30 AM IST on Monday, June 28. This is how to watch Belgium vs Portugal live – here’s a look at their head-to-head record, team news and our Belgium vs Portugal prediction for the game.
In arguably the most notable game of the Round of 16 at Euro 2020, Portugal and Belgium take the pitch Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The match will be held at Estadio Olimpico de la Cartuja in Seville, Spain. Although Portugal have had the better of Spain recently, it is now more of a home game for them. Below, we preview the Portugal vs. Belgium odds and lines and make our best Euro 2020 bets, picks and predictions.
One of the favorites for Euro 2020 to win, Belgium will face tough competition in Group Stage. Despite sitting atop FIFA World Rankings, The No. 1 team in Europe still has a long way to go before dethroning reigning champions Portugal. Beating Portugal would require knocking off the Euro winner from last year.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the star of the Portuguese team, is only in this position after being placed in a group with Germany, France and Hungary. Portugal finished third in the group but is fifth in the world rankings.
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SEVILLE (Reuters) – Belgium, the top ranked team in Europe and with a very strong roster of players, faces Portugal who had to fight for their spot in the next round on Sunday.
Belgium convincingly outperformed their opponents, evenly splitting group games. Meanwhile, Portugal’s fortunes rose and fell depending on the game; after a successful showing against France in the last match of the tournament, they would be third place in their section.
Belgian team’s reward for topping Group B, having seen the talismanic trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel all return from injury after it looked as if the heart of the team had been torn out on eve of tournament.
The influence of the three players was displayed during their second group stage match against a highly-charged host side, as they came on after halftime and turned an emotional game into a 2-1 victory in Copenhagen.
As a result of Monday’s 2-0 victory over Finland, Roberto Martinez was able to rest some key players and act as an example for other teams on how to approach tournament play.
If this new recipe for success continues, you could argue Portugal are better prepared than before. Having had to scrap with other teams such as Germany and France (both who beat them 4-2) they know how it feels when the going gets tough.
Belgium are the number one team in the FIFA rankings, and they continue to prove their class and immense ambition time and time again. They have qualified for the 2020 Euro after winning all ten of their games by a combined score of 40-3, and they are just as threatening going into the tournament’s final part. Roberto Martinez’s charges left no chance for the Russians with a 3-0 win in their first leg. Then they suffered a bit against the Danes winning 2-1. In round three, Belgium beat Finland 2-0 remaining energy saving to claim their group as winners.
Belgian Highlighted Player: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli, born on May 13th of 1993 in Belgium, is a Congolese-born Belgian professional soccer player. Christiano was scouted after playing for several youth teams. Chelsea FC, who he joined in 2012 and 2013, picked him up from RSC Anderlecht for around 12 million euros.
After a brief stint with Chelsea, his start in the starting XI never materialized. So he switched to WBA and eventually to Everton for approximately 35 million euros. Lukaku made his debut in February 2010 at the age of 16 and is one of the youngest players to ever play for Belgium’s national team.
Lukakui’s most famous achievement is winning the Eerste klasse in Belgium and the English FA Cup. With his strength and goal scoring abilities Lukaku can be considered as one of the deadliest strikers in the world. He is also know as Big Rom and The Tank.
Belgium team news
Roberto Martinez likely played Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku together in the final third of the field. Dries Mertens will likely play fewer minutes.
Dedryck Boyata should get the nod over Jason Denayer to start in the back three, while Thorgan Hazard should keep out Yannick Carrasco, playing on the left.
Youri Tielemans was listed on the bench for Belgium against Finland, but he should be back in the lineup for this matchup.
Why you should back Belgium
Belgium manager and CBS Sports soccer analyst Roberto Martinez has found a formula that works for the Red Devils. The Spaniard was hired when the Belgians exited the Euro 2016 quarterfinals and his possession-oriented 3-4-3 led them to success. Strong performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and in Euro 2020 qualifying catapulted Belgium to No. 1 in the world ranking under Martinez’s management.
Belgium went undefeated in its group that it won with 10-0, outscoring opponents 40 to 3 and not letting any other teams score. During the group stages, Belgium took nine out of a possible nine points with three wins over Russia, Denmark and Finland. With creativity in the midfield and Romelu Lukaku playing his best, Belgium has earned the right to be called the world’s top team. They will pose difficulties to Portugal’s defense that gave up six goals against Germany and France.
The Portuguese football squad is experiencing problems. They are the only second team to qualify for UEFA EURO 2020, and are now struggling as a result of their qualification. Yes, Fernando Santos’s charges lost 3-0 to the Hungarians in the first leg of their tie, but Michel’s side tied it up late on. In the recent competition between France and Germany, France was able to avoid embarrassment as they were defeated just 2-2, while Germany experienced a more embarrassing 2-4 result.
Portugal became recognized as a top international soccer side in the 1930s, but it was not until after decades of waiting that they were able to establish their dominance. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Seleção needed another 40 years to make it past the group stage, advancing to semi-finals in 2006.
Portugal has a fair amount of success on the European continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 editions of the championships, losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held in Portugal. Despite their best efforts to date, the Selecao have been unable to win a major trophy. Should they fail in their bid for success with Cristiano Ronaldo’s international retirement on the horizon, they will not have many chances left.
The five most famous Portuguese footballers are Eusebio, Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, and Rui Costa.Despite the recent downfall of success for Brazil’s national soccer team, it is not long before they will regain their glory and win a trophy again.
Portugal team news
Nelson Semedo, who was expected to miss the match because of injury, had been picked up against France.
Pos-eira from injury sustained by the blow to the face suffered in that against world champions, but midfielder is expected overcome this issue.
The 4-3-3 formation that Fernando Santos used in Portugal’s last game will probably be the same formation he deploys for Wednesday’s match, which is great news for Bruno Fernandes.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal has had a disappointing run of results in Euro 2020 qualifying after finishing second behind Ukraine, and third in the group stage. Despite this, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are still doing enough to keep a team with championship experience hanging around.
Ronaldo leads the Euro 2020 Golden Boot race with five goals and is coming off a brace against France that powered a 2-2 draw to get Portugal into the knockout round. Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota provide abundant speed and craft on either side of Ronaldo, with that attacking unit ensuring that Portugal can never be counted out of any match. In addition, Portugal’s defense has recorded a shutout in three of its last five games.
Betting odds and tips for Belgium vs Portugal
Portugal and Belgium approach each other in contrasting conditions.The Red Devils have won all 13 Euro 2020 Qualifiers and the Final Tournament by a combined margin of 47-4, but some mistakes by Portugal has left them slightly behind. Belgium has a lot of potential to win, including players like Eden Hazard. However, they only have one striker who is over the age 36 (Fernando Santos). As a result, we suggest betting on Belgium for 1.77.
Belgium repeatedly had the better of play in each of their games. Martinez’s charges have scored a total of 47 goals in 13 (3.62 goal per game average) Euro 2020 qualification and the first round games played. The Belgian team has scored three goals in the regular tournament. Additionally, Denmark and Finland have each scored two goals. The Portuguese defence managed to concede four goals from the Germans and two from the French, so Belgium Individual Total Over 1.5 goals at odds close to 2.50 seems like a sound prediction of today’s match results.
There is a high probability that we will see an exchange of goals during the upcoming game. The Belgian soccer team has no question as to their performance on the pitch. This, despite the fact that they have a very strong offensive line-up and a weak defensive lineup. They are however, led by Cristiano in attack who’s scored five goals against three games in the group stage of Euro 2020 and is currently leading scorer at this tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo’s efforts are unlikely to be enough for a Portugal victory, but with uncertainty around the Brazilian team, this bet is worth considering.
Belgium the favourites but Portugal are the holders
Romelu Lukaku scored 3 goals as Belgium won all three of their matches in Group B. This includes the 4-goal victory against the favored Portuguese team. Romelu will be looking to create a match for Mario Mandzukic, Argentina’s leading scorer and star of the tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo in the Round of 16. Belgium’s last match against Finland allowed Hazard, De Bruyne, and Witsel ample game time. Now that they are nearing full-strength and the team is developing a winning mentality, their confidence levels are likely increasing as well.
The Portuguese national team have played an attacking style in the defense of their European Championship, a dangerous strategy that has produced many goals for Ronaldo but may prove costly should they face more powerful opponents. After a 3-0 victory against Hungary, Portugal’s world came crashing down as they lost 4-2 to Germany and drew 2-2 with France. Belgium’s attacking threat is France, and maybe even exceeds it. The quarterfinals against Portugal will be a challenge on that front.
Belgium vs Portugal betting tips & predictions
Belgium are 7/5 in favor to come away with the victory. Portugal is 19/10 favored. A draw is 23/10.
- Prediction: 2-1 (8/1)
- To win: Belgium (7/5)
Belgium has struggled to find their footing in the early stages of this tournament. With Ronaldo, Godin, and co coming for them on Thursday evening, we have to question whether they’ll finally abandon first gear.
Hungary was brushed aside by Portugal before they were overwhelmed by Germany and then they had to fight it out with France in order not to be eliminated at the group stages.
Belgium vs Hortugal 2021: Additional stats
- Finland 0-2 BELGIUM – Hradecky (og), Lukaku
- PORTUGAL 2-2 France – Ronaldo (2)
Head-to-head: Belgium 0-0 Portugal, Portugal 2-1 Belgium, Belgium 1-2 Portugal
It’s a better value to bet on the OVER 2.5 (+105) because it will give you more points in the game.
Despite Belgium’s lackluster defense since conceding just one goal, Portugal has scored 13 goals over their three games. The Golden Boot winner in Euro 2016, Ronaldo, should be feared on the world’s biggest stage.
Though it will be difficult not to see his team score, assuming he is even remotely competent, it would come as no surprise if he manages one goal himself. With the brilliance of De Bruyne and aggression of Lukaku, this game should end in a high-scoring affair.
Belgium held Russia and Finland, two bottom-ranked world teams, without conceding a single goal. While the competitor they have not yet faced in this tournament is not in question for scoring goals — Ronaldo will pose a different threat that Belgium has never seen before.
You can also place a 3.5 goal bet as an alternative to your primary selection. These bets only apply to regular-time goals, so overtime would not count toward the goal total.