Euro Betting: Belgium vs Portugal
Round of 16 | 27 June | Seville
Their Euros So Far
The Red Devils have been in red-hot form up to now, winning all three of the Euro group games, scoring seven and conceding just once. Striker Lukaku has played a big part in their success, scoring three goals already, whilst creative players Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard have also played their dynamic parts, making Belgium a frightening proposition heading into this last 16 fixture.
For Portugal, their Euro journey so far has been far more challenging and understandably so. For their group games, they faced Hungary, Germany, and Portugal. To the Selecao’s credit, they have come through it like the European Champions they are, beating Hungary 3-0, arguably outplaying but drawing with France, only the 4-2 defeat to Germany leaves question marks on their tournament prospects.
There is clearly no Euro respite for the Portuguese as they now face a well-fancied Belgian side who have been lightly challenged so far. On the plus side, a number of Portugal stars are stepping up to the plate with Danilo starring, Renato Sanches excelling against world champions, France, and Cristiano Ronaldo the leading tournament scorer so far, with five goals. Even better, the Juventus man has now equalled the record as the highest international goalscorer ever.
Will he break the record against Belgium?
Both national squads look in good shape going into the game, with no suspensions or considerable injury concerns. Belgium will look to the considerable quality in their squad and feel they are more than equipped, even if injuries do occur.
For Portugal, Danilo and Nelson Semedo, who came off injured against France, are doing recovery training alongside the rest of their team, and Nuno Mendes is back in training, giving further options for Fernando Santos’ side.
There has been 18 meetings between the sides, with Belgium winning 5, to Portugal’s 6 The most recent was a 0-0 stalemate friendly in 2018. Portugal are actually unbeaten in the last four matches against Belgium, with the last defeat being a 3-0 reverse in a 1990 World Cup qualifier.
Portugal beat also beat their Euro Last 16 opponents twice in qualifying for Euro 2008. A 4-0 home win, with a Ronaldo brace, followed by a 2-1 victory on Belgian soil.
The current Belgium side are clearly a much different proposition than many of their predecessors, but such history can play a part.
So, will Belgium banish past pains? Or will the current Euro holders continue their title defence?