Belgium and Portugal will continue their preparations for this summer’s World Cup as they go head-to-head on Saturday night. Roberto Martinez’s side will be slight favourites against an Italian side who failed to make this summer’s tournament.
Where and when: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels – 02 June, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Belgium v Portugal: MUTV, William Hill
Last time: Portugal edged out Belgium 2-1 in a friendly back in March 2016, with Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo on target for the hosts and Romelu Lukaku netting for Belgium.
Belgium v Portugal Predictions and Preview
Belgium are unbeaten in their last 16 outings, winning 12 of those games and will enter this summer’s World Cup in strong form.
Despite a surprise exclusion for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Martinez’s squad possesses a strength in depth which could take them far in the tournament.
European champions Portugal suffered a surprise 3-0 reverse to The Netherlands in their last international friendly, back in March, to end a long unbeaten run.
Fernando Santos’s side had previously been unbeaten in 14 matches, of which they had won 11, and like Belgium, will be regarded as dark horses for the tournament in Russia.
The Belgians are favourites to win this game at odds of evens, with a Portugal win available at 11/4 and the draw priced at 11/5.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 6/10 while fewer than 1.5 goals is priced at 5/4.
A ‘double chance’ on Portugal to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 4/6.
If you fancy Belgium to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 11/5.
One to watch for Belgium: Romelu Lukaku is the Red Devils all-time top international scorer with 30 goals in 63 caps and should provide the main threat for the visitors on Saturday.
One to watch for Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo has 81 goals in 149 international caps – three shy of Ferenc Puskas’s international goal scoring record within Europe.
Long shot: Belgium have not conceded a goal in three of their last four games while Portugal have kept four clean sheets in their last seven. A scoreless draw after 90 minutes in this game is available at odds of 15/2.