With both of these countries having already secured their spot at Euro 2020 next summer, this tie between Russia and Belgium is all about pride and the battle to finish top of qualifying Group I. The away team are also trying to maintain their 100% record, while the hosts are out to revenge their only defeat so far.
Where and when: Krestovsky Stadium – 16 November, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Russia vs. Belgium: Sky Sports
Last time: Denis Cheryshev cancelled out an opener from Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans when these countries met in Brussels in March, before Eden Hazard settled the contest with a brace as Belgium won 3-1.
Russia v Belgium Predictions and Preview
These two teams met in their opening fixture of this Euro 2020 qualification campaign, with both sides winning all seven of their matches since. That means Russia start this game three points behind Belgium, who also have a better goal difference, as Stanislav Cherchesov’s side look to give themselves a chance of topping Group I.
Even though the Russians have an easy game against San Marino to finish off, that appears unlikely given that Belgium are at home to Cyprus in their final fixture on Tuesday. Even more so when you consider that the Red Devils haven’t even conceded a single goal since the 16th minute of their opening match in this section.
Roberto Martinez’s team have absolutely decimated this group with their vast array of talent, plundering 30 goals in their eight games to date, at an average of 3.75 per game. This game was always going to be their toughest challenge, against a Russian outfit that’s remained largely intact following their strong showing at their home World Cup last year.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Belgium to win and BTTS||13/5||Offer|
|Lukaku to score first||4/1||Offer|
Belgium of course finished third in Russia, and are one of the favourites to lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy when the Euros go on tour next summer. With players like Hazard, Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, who’s been banging in the goals since leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan over the summer, it’s little wonder.
Russia, though, will be hoping to give their visitors’ credentials a thorough examination on Saturday. Like Belgium, the home team haven’t conceded a single goal since their opening fixture, while they’ve managed to hit the back of the net 27 times themselves in their matches against Scotland, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and San Marino.
Literally and metaphorically led by imposing striker and captain Artem Dzuba, Cherchesov’s side will have the vast majority of the Krestovsky Stadium behind them. They are 27/10 to turn home advantage into three points this weekend, but Belgium are the 11/10 favourites to make it nine wins from nine. If you think this game will end in a draw, that’s available at 26/9.
One to watch for Russia: Artem Dzuba is Russia’s main hope for goals, having netted 24 times in his 40 international appearances so far. The big striker could be interesting value at 6/1 to open the scoring on Saturday.
One to watch for Belgium: Romelu Lukaku is the 4/1 favourite to break the deadlock though, having plundered six goals in just four Euro 2020 qualification fixtures so far. The former Everton and Man United striker has nine in 12 in Serie A this term, and 11 from his last nine international appearances.
Long shot: Before this qualifying campaign, these countries last met in a friendly in Sochi in March 2017. That game finished in an entertaining 3-3 draw, with the same result this weekend priced at a massive 66/1 in the latest Euro 2020 betting odds.