A languid Russia were extremely fortunate not to be toppled by South Korea in their opening World Cup outing and a repeat performance will see them well and truly decimated by Belgium.
De Rode Duivels didn’t turn up for the tournament until halfway through their 2-1 win over Algeria, but they exemplified all their class in a spirited showing following the half-time vitamin C intake.
Marc Wilmots’ men assume 9/10 favouritism for this Group H encounter, with their European counterparts on offer at 29/10 and the draw a 5/2 alternative.
Based on the Russians’ dreary display against their Korean adversaries last time out, though, the 5/2 about Belgium overcoming a one-goal handicap to win the match looks the finest value bet.
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In booking their plane ticket to Brazil, Belgium prevailed in eight of their ten qualifying fixtures.
Five of these victories would’ve satisfied the criteria for one-goal handicap backers to celebrate a payday.
They’ve bagged at least two in five of their previous eight outings and, should the attacking deficiencies of the Fabio Capello-schooled Russians resurface in the Maracana, another haul equalling this will be all we need.
In just two meetings this century, the Belgians have plundered five goals, winning one match be a margin sufficient enough to reward those who placed the bet we’re mooting here.
When Capello manned the England rudder at the 2010 World Cup it took until the third group game for the Three Lions to find the net and there plenty of similarities to be drawn from their dour campaign four years back with the humdrum effort Russia put in during match one.
Fortunately for England, their mini league opponents in South Africa were nowhere near as strong as Belgium, who will demonstrate their prowess in a comfortable win here.