Belgium vs. Russia – European Championship, June 12, 2021

By Ben Morris in Soccer
| June 11, 2021 6:05 am PDT

Russia welcomes Belgium to Saint Petersburg this Saturday, June 12, as the Group B rivals get their Euro 2020 campaigns underway.

Among the bookmakers’ pre-tournament favorites, Belgium will aim to lay down a marker on the opening weekend. But with the home crowd behind them, the Russians will fancy their chances of causing an upset.

In this Belgium vs. Russia betting preview, I look at the odds, analyze the teams, and finish by sharing my prediction and pick for Saturday’s clash.

Assessing the Odds for Belgium vs. Russia

Belgium to Win1.66
The Draw3.65
Russia to Win5.50

Russia may be playing on home soil, but all the top-rated sports betting sites expect the Belgians to kick off their European Championship journey with a win on Saturday.

Still, long odds for the Russia win are bound to generate plenty of interest here. With so much at stake, the draw bet is certainly worth considering, too.

Let’s take a closer look at both sides before settling on a prediction for Belgium vs. Russia.

Belgium Team News and Analysis

Alongside the likes of England and France, Belgium is among the bookies’ Euro 2020 frontrunners. So, Roberto Martinez’s men will be eager to secure a statement win and send out a message to their rivals on the tournament’s opening weekend.

The Red Devils won all ten of their qualifying games back in 2019, scoring a whopping 40 goals while conceding just three in the process.

Funnily enough, they beat Russia twice en route to finishing six points clear of Stanislav Cherchesov’s side.

The Belgians have only suffered one defeat in their last 23 matches in all competitions, losing 2-1 to England in October 2020. Since the loss to the Three Lions, they have registered seven wins and two draws.

After sustaining facial fractures in the Champions League final, Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss Belgium’s tournament opener. However, the Manchester City maestro is likely to play a key role for his side as the competition develops.

Romelu Lukaku heads into Euro 2020 on the back of a stellar season with Inter Milan. The 28-year-old bagged 30 goals and ten assists in all competitions during 2020/21, helping the Nerazzurri snatch the Scudetto away from Juventus.

Russia Team News and Analysis

Like Belgium, Russia also enjoyed a positive qualification campaign – losing just two of their ten games. That said, both of their qualifying defeats came at the hands of the Belgians.

Cherchesov’s men followed up the qualifiers with a couple of decent Nations League wins over Serbia and Hungary. But since then, they have struggled to get the better of their opponents.

The Russians have only managed to win three of their previous 11 outings in all competitions, recording four draws and four losses along the way. Worse still, they failed to beat European minnows such as Moldova, Slovakia, and Hungary at that time.

On a brighter note, Cherchesov’s men have sealed three victories in their past five games – although beating Malta, Slovenia, and Bulgaria is nothing to write home about.

If Russia is to frustrate Belgium, Artem Dzyuba must bring his A-game. The towering forward recently led Zenit to a third straight top-flight title, racking up 20 goals and eight assists in the process.

Belgium vs. Russia Prediction and Betting Pick

  • Belgium to Win

Don’t get me wrong – I would love to make a case for Russia upsetting the odds here. But having assessed both sides, I can’t see Belgium coming away from Saturday’s clash with anything less than three points.

The Russians have players who can hurt Martinez’s side, yet the Red Devils’ all-around games are far superior. For that reason, the Belgium win is my Belgium vs. Russia prediction and pick.