Belgium’s golden generation faces a tough task at hand as they come up against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the knockout round of EURO 2020.
Belgium have been consistent in 2021, undefeated in 25 of their last 26 matches. They have a perfect record in EURO 2020, winning all their matches in the group stage. They began their EURO 2020 campaign with a 3-0 win over Russia followed by a 2-1 win over Denmark and ended their group stage with a hard fought 2-0 win over Finland. They have scored 2+ goals in each of their EURO 2020 group stage match with in form striker, Romelu Lukaku scoring a total of 3 goals. Roberto Martinez is likely to make few changes to starting lineup with Tielemans and Carrassco likely to return to the starting lineup. In form striker, Romelu Lukaku should continue in attack while influential midfielder Kevin De Bryune is fit and should start.
Portugal came into EURO 2020 on the back of impressive results, and began their EURO 2020 campaign with a hard fought win over a resolute Hungarian team. They suffered a 4-2 defeat against Germany in their second group stage while seeing out a 2-2 draw against world champions France. Portugal have seen over 2.5 goals in all their EURO 2020 match scoring 2+ goals in each of their matches. Star player Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals in his last four international matches and is the highest goal scorer in this competition with 5 goals. Right back Nélson Semedo and holding midfielder Danilo Pereira are in contention after picking up a knock against France. Fernando Santos is expected to few changes to the starting lineup.
Portugal are unbeaten in four games against Belgium while Five of Portugal’s last seven games have finished with over 3.5 goals. They have drawn 8 of their last 11 matches at the European Championship. Belgium have a very strong attacking side but defensive lapses were revealed in their match against Denmark. Portugal are draw specialists at the European Championships and are set to play out another draw against Belgium.
PREDICTION : DRAW 2-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 1.5 FT GOALS
SINGLE TIP : BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
ANYTIME GOALSCORER : ROMELU LUKAKU, CRISTIANO RONALDO