Time: Saturday, June 12, 2021 22:00
Group B action of the Euro Championship serves a mouthwatering clash pitting Belgium against Russia. The encounter will be played at Saint Petersburg stadium (Russia) where 25% capacity of fans allowed to watch the proceedings live. The thrilling match between the two World Cup heavy weights, starts after the Group A match between ( Wales vs Switzerland 16:00) and the Group B match between (Denmark vs Finland 19:00).
The Belgium team was the first to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 championship and this will be their sixth appearance in the Euro championship. The Red Devils have been earmarked to win the ths tournament and have shown class by qualifying in two consecutive editions’ of the championship. Despite playing 12 matches in the finals, none has ended in a draw since their run in 1980 final against Germany. It’s also important to note that Belgium is the only team to have won 100% of their qualifying Euro 2020 championship games after Italy and have also scored the most number of goals (40).
After France, Belgium is the only team to have reached the quarter finals three consecutive times on major tournaments ( world cup 2014, Euro 2016 & world cup 2018) and have enjoyed the best defensive record conceding only 3 goals in 10 matches in Euro 2020 qualifiers match.
Belgium squad 2021
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Midfielders: Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Nacer Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Dennis Praet (Leicester), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton).
Team form: WDWDW
Players injured: Axel Witsel, Kevin De Buryne and Eden Hazard.
The host team will be looking for a first match win in Saint Petersburg under manager Stanislav leading the Russians in their second major tournament after the 2018 World Cup and is looking forward to win the match at home. After the end of USSR Belgium has prevailed over a Russian side three consecutive times and reached the semi in Euro 2008 championship only to be beaten by Spain winners of the tournament (3-0).
Russian Squad 2021.
Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin (Rubin), Matvei Safonov (Krasnodar), Anton Shunin (Dinamo Moskva).
Defenders: Igor Diveev (CSKA Moskva), Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskva), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moskva), Vyacheslav Karavaev (Zenit), Fyodor Kudryashov (Antalyaspor), Andrei Semenov (Akhmat).
Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Denis Cheryshev (Valencia), Daniil Fomin (Dinamo Moskva), Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit), Andrei Mostovoy (Zenit), Maksim Mukhin (CSKA Moskva), Magomed Ozdoev (Zenit), Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moskva).
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Zenit), Aleksei Ionov (Krasnodar), Denis Makarov (Rubin), Aleksei Miranchuk (Atalanta), Aleksandr Sobolev (Spartak Moskva), Anton Zabolotny (CSKA Moskva).
Team form: WDLWW
Injured player: Fyodor Kudryashov (LB).
Belgium vs Rusian Head-to-head.
Belgium 4 wins, 1 draw, Russia 0 wins.
Under 2.5 goals (1.81)
Belgium to win (1.80)
BTTS yes (1.98)