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
Scotland’s chances of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020 will be slammed shut if they don’t win this game on Thursday. They are trailing second-placed Russia by nine points in the group and so, more likely than not, the Scots are going to have to go and try to take advantage of their play-off spot earned from winning their Nations League group. Read our Russia v Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
Russia have won five of their six group stage games so far and are well on the path to Euro 2020. Their only defeat in the group happened against leaders Belgium. The goals have been flying in from Russia as well, as they have tallied 18 goals in their 6 fixtures, but nine of those were scored in one big home success over San Marino.
Russia won their other two home games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan by a 1-0 scoreline. Russia have won their last five home European Championship qualifiers, without conceding a single goal in that sequence. They have taken a clean sheet in six of their last eight home qualifiers. So this is certainly no easy game for Scotland.
Russia took a 2-1 win in the first group meeting
Scotland are W0 D2 L1 in the overall head to head with Russia
The one previous meeting in Russia ended in a 0-0 draw in 1995
Two of the three previous meetings have ended under 2.5 goals
Even a win in this fixture for Scotland, which would close the gap on Russia to six points, would leave them with a lot of work to do. They would only have easier group games to get through following that though. A loss on Thursday and there is no direct route for Scotland to next summer’s finals. In their last three qualifiers, they have lost their two games against Belgium and the one against Russia.
The Scots conceded a total of nine goals in those three games. It was their 3-0 loss at Kazakhstan in their opening qualification games which really did a lot of damage. While qualification was still going to be massively difficult with Russia and Belgium in the group, they would have been in closer touch had they beaten Kazakhstan. Scotland have conceded at least two goals in four of their last six games. They have only claimed two wins in their last eight away European Championship qualifiers.
Russia are the better of the two sides and can go and get themselves a victory in the match. Scotland haven’t been up to par and their defence has been a bit shambolic at times. Russia to win to nil looks like a solid proposition.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Scotland are under a bit of pressure in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. A loss here and it would be a massive blow to their qualification hopes. They trail second placed Russia by three points having played the same number of games, that’s why. On the other side, Russia will see the potential of a big advantage opening up. Read our Scotland v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 4th, 2019 at 3:52 a.m.)
Scotland have taken a W2 D2 record from their four games so far in the qualifiers. Things got off to a poor start for them with a disappointing 3-0 away defeat at Kazakhstan, before the Scots produced less than convincing back to back wins over San Marino and Cyprus. But then in another big away game, Scotland lost 3-0 in Belgium. So they haven’t lived up to the tougher challenges in the group and need a special night on Friday.
A win pulls them level with Russia and keeps their qualification hopes alive. Scotland did win their Nations League Group which gives them a guaranteed berth in the play-offs should they fail to get an automatic qualification spot from this group. That may well come into play. Scotland are W4 D1 L1 in their last six European Championship home qualifiers and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four on home soil.
The previous meetings were in Euro ‘96 qualification
Both of those previous meetings ended in a draw
The one game in Scotland played out to a 1-1 draw
The meeting in Russia ended 0-0
Russia started their qualification campaign with a loss against Belgium. But have responded with three straight wins to put themselves in a strong position. The Russians have scored fourteen goals in their last three qualifiers. They are rock solid favourites to join Belgium as the automatic qualifiers from Group I. Three points out of this one would see them take a huge step towards the Finals.
The loss against Belgium at the start of this qualification campaign is the only game that Russia have failed to win in their last eight European Championship qualifiers. In their last seven match wins in European Championship qualifiers, Russia have conceded just one goal in total. Away from home in qualifiers Russia are W4 L1 in their last five, scoring at least two goals in each of those victories. They are carrying the form with them and even in their loss in Belgium they still got themselves on the scoresheet. Russia will carry a sizeable threat to Scotland in this game.
Russia look strong enough to go and raid Hampden Park. If that happens that would all but settle the qualification issues realistically (not mathematically), in Group I. Russia to win and both teams to score looks a reasonable proposition for the game.
5th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Russia are trying to catch leaders Belgium in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. It is Russia and Belgium who are the favourites to qualify from the group. It is six points from three games so far that the Russians have recorded for themselves and the goals have been flowing freely from them. Cyprus had managed to get off to a bright start in their qualification campaign, but have fallen to back-to-back defeats. Read our Russia v Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
Russia produced a 9-0 win over San Marino on Saturday. That followed up on their 4-0 away win over Kazakhstan. Russia are sat on a W2 L1 record from their three qualification matches so far having opened with a 3-1 reverse in Belgium. Russia were on a three-match losing streak of form before their successes over Kazakhstan and San Marino. So that was a good lift that they took for themselves. They go into the next round of qualifiers level on six points with Scotland.
Across their last nine fixtures, Russia have won five and lost three and their notable form has come on home soil. Russia are W3 D1 in their last four home fixtures, not having conceded a single goal in any of their last three there. Going back to their goal scoring, Russia have scored 16 goals across their last four home games. Given the rest of the level of opposition in this group aside from Belgium, Russia will be expected to reach next summer’s finals.
Russia took a 1-0 win over Cyprus in a 2003 friendly, their most recent meeting
It is a W6 D1 L0 record that Russia have over Cyprus
Cyprus have scored one goal only in their last five games against Russia
Russia won their last home fixture against Cyprus 4-0
Cyprus lost 2-1 in Scotland on Saturday. They looked to have secured a point in the 87th minute when Ioannis Kousoulos put them level. However, they could not hang onto their point as Scotland scored a winner just two minutes later. Cyprus opened their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 5-0 home success over San Marino. That is the only win that they have taken in their last seven games played now. They have lost three of their last four played.
The Cypriots have collected just two wins in their last nine games played now, losing five of those. They have been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net with just the one goal recorded across their last four fixtures. Whether having been said they have scored in each of their last three away games, netting exactly one goal in each of those fixtures. They are however only D1 L3 in their last four away games. Cyprus have conceded exactly 2 goals in three of their last four away games.
Russia are a tough side to get the better of on home soil, so it looks as if they should be easing their way to a relatively comfortable home success in this fixture. Cyprus are not likely to have the goals to match up to them and Russia to win to nil option looks a strong proposition.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro 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