On Thursday evening the qualification for the European Championship 2020 starts, which is known to be played in twelve different cities across the continent. As a result, there is no national team that already has the ticket for this major event this coming summer. All national teams have to go through the sometimes tedious qualifying campaign that will be held in record time due to the re-launch of the UEFA Nations League. As early as mid-November, it will be clear which nations made the direct leap to the European Championship finals next year. One of the candidates, who under normal circumstances should have little trouble securing one of the first two places in the group of six, is Belgium. Third in the championship, as the head of the Group I favorite, is ranked first, but at the start of the match on Thursday it will soon be engaged in the second hot candidate from Russia.
Today’s Betting Tips Belgium vs Russia
It is no surprise that the odds between Belgium and Russia are clearly in favor of the hosts, as, after all, coach Roberto Martinez’s side have been unbeaten in front of their home crowd since 2016. In the qualifying games, the “Red Devils” have mostly been convincing in the recent past, although the “Sbornaja” will certainly do everything to kidnap an unexpected point from the King Badouin Stadium in Brussels. Whether this venture is really realistic, however, can be doubted, especially since the Russians ended the international match in 2018 with two clear away defeats. As a result, at first glance, it is certainly an option in the first qualification duel of Group I, Belgium vs. France. Russia to give a tip on the home win. A rate technical boost would get this recommendation when it is played with the handicap and Hazard and Co. finally win with at least two goals difference.
Belgium – Statistics & Current Form
For the “Golden Generation” of the Belgian national football team begins on Thursday evening, a new cycle, at the end of the European Championship 2020 stands. It would be presumptuous to say that the star ensemble of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois will have the realistic chance to win a big title for the last time, and yet the time is running out slowly but surely gone. At the World Cup last year, the “Red Devils” were already close, but lost the thrilling semi-final against eventual champions France 0-1 and finally had to settle for a success in the “small final” against England with third place. Thus, the current world ranking first again improved its output. After the 2014 World Cup finals in the quarter-finals and the retirement in the same round two years later at the European Championship 2016, the Belgians reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1986. From this point of view, the development is absolutely positive, although it will of course be difficult due to the great competition in Europe to repeat or even surpass this success in 2020.
However, before the Martinez-Elf deals with the final round, first the duty in the qualification must be done. Real doubt that the Belgians in a group with Russia, Scotland, San Marino, Kazakhstan and Cyprus occupy the first place, but hardly anyone has. On paper, the “Sbornaja” is the most dangerous opponent, so that the match on Thursday evening in the context of the first match day has a special meaning. Just because of the qualitative differences in the squad seems to be a prediction on the home side between Belgium and Russia. Also to be mentioned positively is the fact that the World Cup third has not lost at home for more than two years. After the 2-0 defeat on 1 September 2016 against Belgium, the “Rode Duivels” celebrated eleven victories in 15 matches in front of their home crowd and drew four more draws. Also in the UEFA Nations League, the Martinez Elf prevailed twice at home and finished at the end but only the second place, as the crucial group game in Switzerland was lost 2-5. The finals in the newly created and still controversial competition was thus surprisingly missed, which is why the title contender should not allow a slip-up at the EURO 2020 in qualifying. With this assurance in the back in the direct duel Russia vs Belgium, the odds for the tip on a handicap success of the favorites have an appealing value.
In terms of personnel, the Spanish coach has to give up some key players. Meunier, Kompany, de Bruyne and Witsel are definitely injured due to injury. Behind the use of striker Lukaku is meanwhile a question mark. Even in the absence of these world-class pros, the “Red Devils” have enough individual class to bring the Russians to their own fans in Brussels.
Expected deployment of Belgium:
↳ Courtois – Vertonghen, Boyata, Alderweireld – Carrasco, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Chadli – E. Hazard, Mertens, T. Hazard
↳ Coach: Martinez
Last matches of Belgium:
⚽ 18.11.2018 – Switzerland vs. Belgium 5: 2 (Nations League)
⚽ 15.11.2018 – Belgium vs. Iceland 2: 0 (Nations League)
⚽ 16.10.2018 – Belgium vs. Holland 1: 1 (friendly)
⚽ 12.10.2018 – Belgium vs. Switzerland 2: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 11.09.2018 – Iceland vs. Belgium 0: 3 (Nations League)
Russia – Statistics & Current Form
The one or the other common ground of the Russian with the Belgian national team can not be discussed away. For example, the hosts played within their means a really good World Cup, which found an unexpected late finish in the quarterfinals against the eventual finalist Croatia on penalties. But that’s not all, as in the UEFA Nations League the Eastern Europeans, as well as the “Red Devils” on the final day of the game, lost the group win and the associated promotion to the A-Division. A draw in Sweden would have been enough for the Russians to secure first place in the group of three, but the team of former Bundesliga player Stanislav Cherchesov lost that match 0: 2. As runner-up, the world ranking 50th Thus, at the next edition of the UEFA Nations League again only to be found in the second highest division. In addition, the result of the cut, the “Sbornaja” in the European Championship qualifying compelling must occupy one of the first two ranks to qualify for the fifth time in a row for the European Championship.
At least the fact that, in his recent past, the Cherchesov team has had problems raising potential in foreign countries speaks against a positive start in Brussels. Only two of the past eight away games could win the Russians for themselves. The mentioned 0: 2 in Sweden as well as the 0: 3 in a replacement-weakened DFB-Elf in the fall of 2018 are not necessarily arguments that make on Thursday between Belgium and Russia a prediction to a guest-coup likely to appear. In the squad nomination renounced the meanwhile 55 -year-old Cherchesov, the latest since the brilliant performances at the home World Cup a very good standing in their own country, to the very big surprises. Only the German-Roman Roman Neustädter and Roman Zobnin may have wondered about the non-consideration may be, at least Zobnin fails due to a Mittelhandbruchs anyway injured. It is expected that the Russians will play in a 4-2-3-1 system and will primarily focus on being defensively compact and avoiding an early clean sheet. The fact is, in our eyes, nevertheless, that the world ranking-50. Last year played at the World Cup finals above the level and therefore may be seen by the bookmakers a bit too strong. For that reason, we would go to Belgium vs Russia to dissuade from a prediction to the outsider.
Expected formation of Russia:
↳ Lunev – Kudryashov, Dzhikiya, Semenov, Fernandes – Gazinsky, Ozdoev – Cheryshev, Golovin, Ionov – Dzyuba –
↳ Coach: Cherchesov
Last matches of Russia:
⚽ 20.11.2018 – Sweden vs Russia 2: 0 (Nations League)
⚽ 15.11.2018 – Germany vs Russia 3: 0 (Friendlies)
⚽ 14.10.2018 – Russia vs Turkey 2: 0 (Nations League)
⚽ 11.10.2018 – Russia vs Sweden 0: 0 (Nations League)
⚽ 10.09.2018 – Russia vs. Czech Republic 5: 1 (Friendlies)
Belgium vs Russia Direct Comparison
Belgium and Russia have faced each other so far in five matches, albeit never in the context of a European Championship or World Cup qualifier. The “Sbornaja” is still waiting for the first sense of achievement against the “Red Devils”. The Belgians have so far won three clashes, while the remaining two matches ended in a draw. In the recent direct duel in a friendly match in 2017, the national teams drew 3: 3, although the Central Europeans were 3-1 at half-time. Compared to then, however, only three to four players will also stand on Thursday night in the starting eleven of favorites. In Russia probably only one.
Belgium vs Russia Best Betting Tips Explained
In Group I of the European Championship Qualification, the two most promising candidates face each other on matchday one. Belgium receives Russia. The odds imply a clear favorite role of the “Red Devils”, which on the one hand have more individual quality and on the other hand are extremely difficult to beat in front of a home backdrop. Since 2016, the Martinez-Eleven remained unbeaten in 15 consecutive home internationals and won in this period eleven of the mentioned 15 matches. To make matters worse, the Russians recently lost twice away away, both in Sweden and in Germany without a goal remained and conceded a total of five goals.
Key Facts – Belgium vs Russia tips
↳ Belgium unbeaten at home since 2016 (eleven wins, four draws)
↳ Russia last with two distinct away defeats in a row
↳ The Russians have never won against the “Red Devils” in five direct duels
All in all, there are many indications in our eyes that the number one in the world rankings, despite numerous major failures (De Bruyne, Kompany, Witsel, Meunier), will experience a start-up made to measure. In particular, the offensive on the Hazard brothers should put the internationally inexperienced Russian defense before difficult solvable problems. Therefore, we have decided between Belgium and Russia for the tip that the favorite wins by at least two goals. The odds for this handicap bet (-1.5) amount to a respectable 1.95 and are alluded to with a confident use of seven units.
Betting Tips: win Belgium (-1.5)