Kick-off: 2000, 27/06/2021
Stadium: La Cartuja
Belgium and Portugal look set for a blockbuster showdown in Seville at the start of the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
The holders always have to be respected but it is the Red Devils who currently top the world rankings and are rated the more complete outfit.
We’re happy to take 27/20 for Roberto Martinez’s side to oblige in normal time for our first Belgium vs Portugal prediction.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
The general consensus is Belgium were solid, rather than spectacular, in topping the Group B table but it is hard to fault three consecutive victories.
Denmark did give the Red Devils some problems when leading 1-0 at half-time but a strong second period ended with a 2-1 triumph.
Russia had earlier been beaten 3-0 and there was a 2-0 success versus Finland in the final round of fixtures.
“This team has been very consistent over the last five years,” said Martinez. “It’s now about getting every individual at their very best.”
Kevin De Bruyne has come back from a facial injury in fine form and always seems to team up well with top scorer Romelu Lukaku.
It would be nice to see Eden Hazard step up a little bit more but this is a team which now looks comfortable on the big stage.
Examining the Belgium vs Portugal odds, Lukaku has scored the final goal in two games already and appeals at 7/2 to repeat the trick here.
The powerful Inter Milan forward tends to outmuscle defenders when they begin to tire in the closing stages.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal managed to wear down Hungary for a 3-0 win first up but were then torn apart by Germany at the back in a 4-2 loss.
Their deciding game against France ebbed and flowed both ways but a couple of Cristiano Ronaldo penalties helped them to a crucial 2-2 draw.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has netted five times in this tournament to move alongside Iran’s Ali Daei on a record 109 international goals.
However, there is just a feeling his presence overwhelms some other creative players, with Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota yet to fully fire.
Manager Fernando Santos is also unhappy with a quick turnaround against opponents who will have had 48 hours more to recover from their latest match.
He stated: “Resting is very important. We want to recuperate the players and have them fresh for the next match.
“I thought they have managed to recharge their mental batteries and right now we have to eliminate the fatigue.”
With the possibility of tiredness setting in during a high-tempo contest, Belgium will be eyeing another strong finish.
Let’s add 9/2 for Draw HT/Belgium FT to our Belgium vs Portugal betting tips.
Finland 0-2 BELGIUM – Hradecky (og), Lukaku
PORTUGAL 2-2 France – Ronaldo (2)
Head-to-head: Belgium 0-0 Portugal, Portugal 2-1 Belgium, Belgium 1-2 Portugal
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