Tip Belgium - Russia
The Red Devils are the top dogs in Group I of the European Cup qualifiers, which has among others, Russia, the team they open with their qualification campaign on Thursday 21st March. This matrch will be among the top picks for the most entertaining matches in the qualifiers, with either side seeking a fast start. Belgium will however kick it off as the favorites and playing at home will give them the additional punch. The fact that their top striker Romelu Lukaku is enjoying a good run of form will further aid them, while having Eden Hazard in the team will further add to their prospects. Belgium have won 12 of their last 15 matches, losing two and drawing one. In 32 matches they have lost just two, signifying their place as top dogs in this game. They haven’t lose any of their last nine European Cup qualifying games. The last loss came in 2010 and it happens to be the last one in 13 home matches in the European Cup qualifiers. They have picked wins in each of the last four European Cup qualification matches, only losing one in 10 – to Wales. Russia, on the other hand, head to this game on the back of two losses – to Germany and Sweden – in a friendly matches and in a UEFA Nations League clash and just like Belgium, they have won each of the last four European Cup qualification matches, though their opponents can’t be compared to Belgium’s. In five meetings between the two, Russia have never picked a win, while Belgium have three.
Key points Belgium - Russia
Both nations have four straight wins in the last four European Cup competitions.
Russia have never beaten Belgium in the five meetings between the two.
Belgium have two losses in the last 32 matches.
Conclusion Belgium - Russia
Belgium are firm favorites here; they are playing at home, have the better form ahead of this match and have never lost to Russia before. This works perfectly for them and we expect them to win it. A bet for Belgium to lead in both halves will work well here.
Belgium Russia Prediction published on March 18, 2019