The Belgians, in their qualification campaign, appeared in the almost perfect manner, as their performances were quite dominant, scoring as many as forty goals while conceding only three, so it is not surprising that they are considered favorites early in the tournament.
They are currently enjoying a nine matches unbeaten run, defeating the World Cup 2018 vice-champions Croatia last Sunday with a minimal result in Brussel, and are definitely eager to start their “quest for the European throne” in the best way possible.
They miss midfielder Januzaj (13/1, Sociedad) and forward Origi (29/3, Liverpool) for this competition. Midfielder Witsel (110/10, Dortmund) is not likely to perform at EURO, while highly doubtful is also offensive midfielder De Bruyne (80/21, Manchester City), with Eden Hazard (107/32, Real Madrid) also not being fully fit.
Russians, as well, had an impressive EURO 2020 qualifying campaign, as they won eight out of ten matches, and suffered two losses against previously mentioned Belgians with a total of aggregate 7:2.
Their opening match will be played at their home soil, in Saint Petersburg to be more precise, but this can be counted very little, as they failed to win over Belgians continuously in their head-to-head matches, but never the less, will try to be as competitive as possible.
Goalkeeper Lynyov (7/0 Zenit), defenders Smolnikov (30/0, Krasnodar, Neustadter (13/1, Dynamo Moscow), Kutepov (13/0, Spartak), midfielders Mostovoy (8/0, Zenit) and Yerokhin (26/1, Zenit) aren’t part of the team this time.
Belgium vs Russia H2H
16.11.19 Russia vs Belgium 1 : 4
21.03.19 Belgium vs Russia 3 : 1
28.03.17 Russia vs Belgium 3 : 3
22.06.14 Belgium vs Russia 1 : 0
Better in every aspect
Even though the Russians will be host in this match, I still see their opponents walking away victorious once again. They know now each other pretty well, and meanwhile, the Russians will definitely try to get something out of this one, it’s Belgium that remains better in every aspect.
The Russians aren’t rock solid at the back, meanwhile, their opponents look dominant in the ball possession, faster transition but also creativity too. It will be a struggle to see the Russians completely competitive despite the Belgians missing a couple of players.