Belgium have won their qualification group as was expected from them. They really haven’t have not faced a challenge along the way either. They took an easy win over second-placed Russia on the weekend and a win here will give them a 100% successful qualification campaign. Read our Belgium vs Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 16th, 2019 at 10:24 p.m.)
Nine wins from nine it has been for Belgium. 34 goals scored in those matches as well. They were red-hot favourites to win the group and they have done it with some aplomb. On Saturday they made a trip to Russia and took a 4-1 success there. That was just the second goal that the Belgium team have conceded in their nine qualification matches.
The Red Devils have scored at least three goals in each of their four home matches played so far. Belgium suffered just one defeat in their last sixteen games (W14 D1). This is most likely just going to be about how many goals they can put on the board. It was a 2-0 win which they took out in Cyprus in the first meeting. Romelu Lukaku is their top scorer with 7 goals in this campaign, with Eden Hazard on five.
Belgium have won all six previous meetings with Cyprus
Cyprus have yet to score a single goal against Belgium
Belgium have scored at least two goals in each of their last three against Cyprus
Belgium’s homes wins over Cyprus have been 4-0 and 5-0 successes
Cyprus are eliminated and cannot get to Euro 2020. They have earned a W3 D1 L5 record so far in this qualification campaign. On the weekend they lost 2-1 at home against Scotland but did more than enough in the game to have gotten a draw out of it. Cyprus are W2 L2 out on road in this campaign, with their only victory happening at San Marino.
Cyprus have lost four of their last seven competitive fixtures (W2 D1). They have won their last two out on the road in the group, their wins happening in back to back at San Marino and Kazkathan. That snapped a run of 10 away games without a win that they had been on (competitive and friendly)
It should be a walk in the park for Belgium, who are full of goals. Cyprus are not up to the quality to stop the Red Devils in their own backyard. Belgium may be able to push on and cover a -3.75 Asian Handicap with the firepower that they have.
18th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Belgium and Russia have both already done enough to qualify for Euro 2020. So while this is the top-billed match of the next round of action, there is nothing at stake now. After beating Russia in the first meeting handsomely, it’s unlikely that Russia will produce a big enough home win over the Red Devils to beat them in the head to head for the top spot. Read our Russia vs Belgium betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 12th, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.)
Russia holds a W7 L1 record in the group, the only defeat happening in their first encounter with Belgium. Russia lost 3-1. They have been matching Belgium for goal scoring pretty much throughout Group I. Russia are averaging over three goals per game so far and have only conceded four goals. Three of those, as mentioned, were against Belgium, so that’s six clean sheets in eight games from them.
Even if they can’t get the top spot, can they secure a good home win over Belgium? That would give them a nice moral victory if nothing else. Russia have won their last six European Championship home qualification matches not conceding a single goal in any of those fixtures. Three of their last six wins in such fixtures have been by a 1-0 scoreline. In all matches, competitive and friendly. Russia are W6 L1 in their last seven at home.
Belgium won the first group meeting 3-1
Russia are winless in six previous games against Belgium (D2 L4)
The last meeting in Russia ended in a 3-3 friendly draw in 2017
Russia are D1 L1 at home against Belgium
Belgium have just cruised through this campaign. They have barely had to break a sweat and they have scored at least two goals in each game played so far in Group I. In total they have tallied 30 goals in 8 games. Because it has been so easy from them, their defence has rarely been troubled, and the Red Devils have conceded one goal only in their eight qualification matches, that being in their home win over Russia.
Since the end of the 2018 World Cup, Belgium have posted a W13 D1 L1 record in fifteen international (competitive and friendly). They have star quality in abundance. Their top scorer in the group is Romelu Lukaku, however, it is Russia’s Artem Dzyuba who is the leading Group I goalscorer with a tally of 9. Belgium have had 13 different goal scorers in this qualification campaign, nine of which have scored at least two goals. The Red Devils have won their last six European Championship away qualifiers.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 12th, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.)
Russia couldn’t handle Belgium in the first meeting and while they get home soil advantage, and they are in good form, the away win still looks the best option. Belgium just have goals in them from all areas of the pitch and are just so difficult for opponents to get a grip on. Away win.
14th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Tough game coming up for Scotland as they take on Belgium. Scotland start in third place in the group, level on points with second-placed Russia, three being leaders Belgium. Steve Clarke got a win in his first game in charge on the weekend. A win in this one for the new boss would be absolutely massive. Read our Belgium v Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Red Devils have had an easy time of things at the start of Euro 2020 qualification. They have beaten Russia, Cyprus and Kazakhstan, scoring eight goals in the process. Belgium have scored at least two goals in each of their last five games now. On the weekend they played host to Kazakhstan and coasted to a 3-0 win and they will be expected to top Group I at a canter. Belgium have conceded just one goal in their three qualifiers so far. They have netted exactly three goals in both of their home games so far.
So it has all been pretty routine stuff from them. They are W7 D1 L1 in their last nine games. Their only loss there was that 5-2 defeat in Switzerland in their final Nations League group match, a result which cost them the group win. Belgium has three clean sheets in their last five games. They just have so much variety in depth and the goals just continue flow from different players. Forwards Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku were both on target on the weekend. Eden Hazard scored two of their three goals in their 3-1 home win over Russia earlier in the group.
Belgium took a 4-0 friendly win over Scotland in September last year
The Red Devils are on a four-match winning streak against Scotland
Scotland have failed to score in their last four against Belgium.
Belgium are W8 D2 L1 in the overall head to head against the Scots
Scotland gave Steve Clarke a win in his first game in charge. They left it late though, with Oliver Burke netting in the 89th minute to give Scotland a home 2-1 win over Cyprus. That was just two minutes after conceding to the visitors when it looked as if Scotland had thrown the points away. So that was a huge sigh of relief, but they are going to come under far greater pressure in this next qualifier. This starts a tough run of games for Scotland who face Belgium and Russia in their next four group fixtures
Scotland are W4 L1 in their last five games, so they have that going for them at least. It’s been a while since they played a top team though. Really since a 3-1 home defeat in a friendly against Portugal in October, they haven’t played anyone of note. So far on their travels in the group, they have lost 3-0 at Kazakhstan and have ground out a poor 2-0 win in San Marino. Overall the Scots are W2 L2 in their last four away games.
The Red Devils should pick up the victory in this. Scotland are not likely going to be able to match up to them at all. Belgium are just full of goals and the home win to nil is a strong proposition as Scotland may struggle to get much of the ball.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium start on home soil in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying. They are the favourites to get through with the group win so will they be able to ease themselves ahead of Russia early? These are the two favourites to gain an automatic qualification from the group. Scotland also go in Group I. Read our Belgium v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
Even though qualification for Euro 2020 hasn’t even started yet, Belgium are one of the front runners to lift the title next summer. It would frankly be a major upset if the Red Devils did not qualify from their group. The last time that Belgium faced up to Russia was back in 2017 when they met for a friendly and that game produced a thrilling 3-3 draw. Belgium are undefeated against Russia from their five previous meetings, the Red Devils winning three of those.
Belgium did have a bit of a slip in their Nations League campaign as they didn’t top their group. A crushing 5-2 away loss at Switzerland in the final round of matches, meant that Belgium finished second to the Swiss on head-to-head. Belgium did win two home games in the group against the Swiss and against Iceland. Actually, the away loss against Switzerland saw a six-match undefeated streak of form that Belgium were on, snapped. Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last seven fixtures.
Russia did not do too badly in the Nations League. They did bottle things a little bit in their final match as they made a trip to Sweden needing only a draw to top the group. Russia lost that game 2-0. Coupled with a friendly international defeat against Germany that is back-to-back losses which Russia have taken ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener.
Before that it though they were on a six-match undefeated streak of form (90 minutes) extending back into their brave World Cup 2018 campaign. This will be the first major qualification campaign since going for Euro 2016 when they did book an automatic qualification spot. As World Cup 2018 hosts they did have an impressive campaign before running out of steam in the quarter-finals. Russia have only scored in one of their last four games so they have gone off the boil a bit up front.
In competitive mode, Belgium should have more than enough to take down Russia in this challenge. The Russians will always be more of a threat on home soil, so looking at Belgium to win to nil appeals at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting