Tip Finland - Belgium
Finland still have a chance at advancing to the second round of Euro 2020 despite their narrow loss to Russia in their second match. They take on Belgium in their final group game, with Belgium already having secured their place in the next round. Finland beat Denmark in their opening game before losing to Russia, and Denmark’s loss to Belgium threw the group wide open as far as Finland’s chances are concerned. They can reach the round of 16 through either finishing as one of the best third placed teams, bettering Russia’s result against Denmark in the other game or simply by beating Belgium. Finland are playing their first ever major competition and they have shown some good maturity in the two matches played. They don’t necessarily have a good run though; in their last eight matches, they have just one win – the one against Denmark. While they don’t have many clean sheets, Finland’s organization especially in defence has been impressive. They have one clean sheet in the last nine matches but even with five losses in the last eight matches, only two have been with the margin of more than a goal. Their scoring run isn’t very impressive either, the team having failed to score in three of the last four matches.
Belgium showed their other side in the ability to chase a game the last time out as they came from down to beat Denmark 2-1. They had a horrific start and Denmark took an early lead as they enjoyed massive possession in the opening minutes. However, a change that saw Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard introduced proved to be a masterpiece. De Bruyne went on to score and assist to see Belgium sail through to the next stage and with the two midfielders coming to the tournament with injury concerns, Roberto Martinez will be glad they showed good quality in that game. It was much easier for Belgium against Russia in the opening game and after finding a way past a stubborn Denmark they have another tough one against a defensive Finland. Belgium are unbeaten in their last 11 matches and they go here with three clean sheets in the last five. Each of their last four Euro Championship matches have produced over 2.5 goals. Curiously, Belgium have no win over Finland in their last seven meetings; the Finns have four wins in there.
Key points Finland - Belgium
Finland have lost four of their last five matches.
Finland have one win in the last eight matches.
Three of Belgium’s last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Belgium are unbeaten in 11 matches.
Belgium have three clean sheets in their last five matches.
Conclusion Finland - Belgium
Finland need a win more here and they will have to summon all their attacking traits, which they have seriously lacked lately. They have to breach a tough Belgium side that’s unbeaten in the last 11 matches. Belgium are expected to make changes as they prepare for the knockout stage but still we expect they will outmuscle Finland. Defensively, Belgium should be good enough to handle a Finland attack that hasn’t been scoring a lot so Belgium to win both halves makes sense.
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Finland Belgium Prediction published on June 18, 2021