Estadio Olímpico de la Cartuja, Sevilla, Spain.
Belgium have now failed to beat the Portuguese in five head-to-head encounters in a row. Will Roberto Martinez’s side be able to take on such an unpleasant opponent? We think the Red Devils will progress to the quarter-finals.
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 Euro 2020, winning all ten games by a combined score of 40-3, and now they are just as potent heading into the final part of the tournament. Roberto Martinez’s charges left no chance for the Russians in the first leg with a 3-0 win. Then they suffered a bit with the Danes but won 2-1. In the third round, the Belgians took on the Finns 2-0 in energy-saving mode, winning their group.
Portugal are not having an easy time. They finished only second in their qualifying group for UEFA EURO 2020, and have problems in the final part of the tournament. Yes, Fernando Santos' charges thrashed the Hungarians 3-0 in the first leg, but the scoreline was tied up until 84 minutes into the game. In the game with the Germans, the reigning European champions were defeated 2-4, while the French drew 2-2 which allowed them to leave the group in third place, avoiding the embarrassment that could easily have occurred.
Expert Betting Tips
Belgium and Portugal approach their encounter in very different conditions. While the Red Devils have won all 13 of their matches in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and the final tournament by a combined score of 47-4, the Portuguese have been prone to errors regularly and have not looked as consistent or reliable. While the Belgians have immense reserve potential and players like Eden Hazard, Fernando Santos can only count on one of his 36-year-old strikers. As a result, we suggest betting on Belgium to qualify for 1.77.
Belgium continue to dominate the attack in each of their matches. Roberto Martinez’s charges have already scored a total of 47 goals in 13 games (3.62 goals per game average) in the Euro 2020 qualification and the final tournament. That’s a crazy figure! The Belgians have scored three goals against the Russians in the regular tournament, while the Danes and Finns have netted two goals each. Portugal has problems with their defence conceding four times from the Germans and two from the French, so Belgium Individual Total Over 1.5 goals at odds close to 2.50 seems to be the best option for our prediction.
There is a high probability that we will see an exchange of goals in the upcoming battle. There is no doubt in the Belgians’ performance. After all, they have a very strong offensive line-up and a weak defensive lineup, but the reigning European champions have the unbelievable Cristiano in attack who has already scored five goals in three games in the group stage and is the top scorer at Euro-2020. Yes, his efforts are unlikely to be enough for an all-team success, but the Portuguese should not go without goals, so a bet on both teams to score at around 1.91 is worth looking at.