Free European Cup Pick: Belgium vs Russia Preview
Looking for Belgium vs Russia free picks and a matchup preview? (2021) 2020 European Cup football betting sees Belgium taking on Russia on Saturday, June 12th, at Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all European Cup football matchups all tournament long so stay tuned. Keep checking back for more European Cup tips like this Belgium Russia predictions blog post!
2020 European Cup Football Handicapping
Belgium vs Russia Preview
Date: Saturday, June 12th
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Venue: Gazprom Arena, Saint Petersburg, Russia
EURO Moneyline Odds: -143/+275/+430
EURO Spread Betting Odds: Belgium -0.75
EURO Betting Total: 2.25 Goals
Belgium come into this match as the big favourites to win, but also as the big favourites to win the group. They have one of the deepest rosters in the tournament and starting off with a win is a must in this group.
Russia know that this is their hardest match in the group, but the home advantage can go a long way. The two teams will know the result from the Denmark vs Finland match, so this is going to be really interesting.
Belgium were one of the best teams in the qualifiers, if not the best, winning all 10 matches, scoring a whopping 40 goals and conceding just 3 in the process.
Romelu Lukaku was the leading scorer with 7 goals and 3 assists, while Hazard had 5 goals and 7 assists and De Bruyne had 4 goals and 7 assists.
This is Belgium’s best generation of players, and even though the names on this roster are scary, Belgium have underperformed in big tournaments. They are always impressive in the Qualifiers, but they are not so good in the group stages.
They did look a bit stiff in their two recent friendlies, with an unexpected 1-1 draw against Greece and a slim 1-0 win over Croatia. The only real threat for Belgium is Denmark in this group, but Russia can be tricky, especially because of the home ground advantage.
Russia were in the same Qualifier Group as Belgium, where they finished at the 2nd spot with 8 wins and 2 losses. They scored 33 goals and conceded 8 in the process, while losing both matches against Belgium.
They did, however, score in both matches.
Key man Dzyuba was their leading scorer with 9 goals and 5 assists, and he is once again called to deal with things on the offensive end. The Russian selection lacks many big names but they have created a very cohesive group in recent years.
Their defense is a problem, having kept just 4 clean sheets in their last 16 matches in all competitions (two of those clean sheets were in friendlies). They are going to have a big problem containing Belgium and Denmark in this group, but they can still fight for one of the qualification spots.
Belgium vs Russia Prediction:
The two teams last met in 2019 (twice), in the EURO Qualifiers, where Belgium won by 3-1 at home and by 4-1 on the road. Neither team has been steady on the defense lately, and we could see a match with goals from both sides here (BTTS is at +100).
Belgium should have the upper hand regarding the win, at least on paper. But Russia have the home advantage here, and things could get complicated. However, Belgium have one of the best rosters in the tournament, and some of the best players too.
Taking Belgium with -0.75 is definitely something to look at here, while the Over 2.25 Goals is also a good deal. The two teams rarely kept clean sheets in the past year or so, and we should see at least two goals here.
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