Belgium vs Portugal Match Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back Portugal to qualify @ 2.1 with Betway
Belgium are favourites and to an extent, that’s fair enough. They are after all the Number 1 ranked team in the world as per FIFA’s rankings on the back of producing extremely competitive and consistent results over the last three years or so. The problem with Belgium is: they never win anything.
Of course, this is about the winner of this match rather than the whole tournament but what their lack of trophies shows is that they clearly fail to beat the best teams when it matters. And Portugal are one of the best teams.
We’ve just seen that it’s Portugal who have been better in this fixture over the years so they’ll be quietly confident about things.
These are two well-matched sides and I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if this went to extra-time or penalties.
If it does, Portugal have a strong recent record in both. Last time (Euro 2016) they beat Croatia in extra-time and also knocked out Poland on penalties, where they’ve been particularly good over the last two decades in major tournaments.
Go with Portugal to get through, one way or another.
Over 0.5 penalties in the game
Recommended Bet: Back over 0.5 penalties @ 2.65 with 10CRIC
The general consensus is that the use of VAR increases the number of penalties that are awarded.
After all, all incidents inside the box are now checked so there are lots of cases of stray elbows or shirt pulling that have been picked up by VAR that would normally have gone unnoticed.
In three games so far that Portugal have played, they’ve been awarded three penalties for them and two against them!
Admittedly, Belgium are yet to have one either for or against them but at odds of 2.65, it’s worth betting that will change.
Diogo Jota to score anytime
Recommended Bet: Back Diogo Jota to score @ 4.5 with 10CRIC
Diogo Jota has had a lively tournament so far. He scored a good goal against Germany and also provided an excellent assist to Ronaldo in that game.
Of course, it’s been Ronaldo doing the bulk of the scoring for Portugal with five goals (admittedly three of them penalties) so Jota hasn’t been getting too many of the headlines.
No problem. He’s likely to start here again and with so much attention on Ronaldo, he may be granted more space and freedom than usual. Let’s hope so because this is a high-quality player with excellent finishing ability and one chance may well prove to be enough.
Belgium vs England fun statistics
So those are your tips for the game but let’s finish things off with some cool statistics and facts before the game gets under way.
- Ronaldo’s two goals against France allowed him to equal the record for most international goals ever with 109 from 178 matches. He’s scored more goals against Lithuania and Sweden (7 each) than anyone else.
- Ruben Dias’ yellow against Hungary was the only booking Portugal have had in this tournament.
- Ronaldo (5 goals) and Lukaku (3) are currently first and joint-second on Euro 2020’s top goalscorer list.
- Eden Hazard scored just 4 goals last season, and three the season before. Proof of what a horrible time he’s had at Real Madrid.