BEL vs POR Dream11: Belgium and Portugal will be locking horns for the much anticipated Round of 16 fixture in the UEFA Euro 2020. The Belgian Red Devils, who are touted as one of the tournament favorites, topped Group B after registering three consecutive wins. Roberto Matinez’s men beat Russia, Denmark and Finland to ease their way into the knockout stages.
As for Portugal, they were involved in the group of death, which included the likes of France, Germany and a resilient Hungary unit. The defending champions of Europe secured a win against Hungary, but were on the receiving end of a big defeat to Germany. However, they then bagged themselves an all important point against World Champions France, which got them through. That being said, they will have to be at their absolute best in order to surpass the World Number 1 Ranked team Belgium, and it could turn out to be a cracker of an affair.
Date: June 28, Monday
Kick-Off: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja
The match will be broadcasted on the Sony Sports Network, and can be Streamed Live on Sony Liv.
Head to Head
From the last six meetings between the two sides, it’s Portugal who has had the upper hand with four wins. Two games have ended on level terms as well.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Timothy Castagne is on the sidelines due to an injury.
Expected Changes and Strategy: T Courtois should be starting in at goal, while, Vertonghen, Denayer and Alderweireld are likely to be the back three in defence. T Hazard and T Meunier are expected to start out wide. E Hazard and K D Bruyne could start higher up. Y Carrasco and R Lukaku are in contention to lead the attack up front.
Thibaut Courtois (GK); Jan Vertonghen, Jason Denayer, Toby Alerweireld; Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne, Thomas Meunier; Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco
Injury Report and Unavailability: Joao Cancelo was tested COVID-19 positive and misses out, while, Danilo Pereira and Nelson Semedo are in doubt to start as well.
Expected Changes and Strategy: R Patricio should be starting in at goal, while, R Gurreiro, Pepe, R Dias and N Semedo could be the back four in defence. R Sanches, Danilo and B Fernandes could accommodate the midfield region. A Silva, C Ronaldo and B Silva could be the front three in attack.
Rui Patricio (GK); Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Nelson Semedo; Renato Sanches, Danilo, Bruno Fernandes; Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva
The odds in favor of Romelu Lukaku to score the first goal are 15/4. Lukaku has bagged three goals from the three games in the ongoing campaign for Belgium.
The odds in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo to score the first goal for Portugal are 9/2. The Portuguese captain has registered five goals and also has an assist to his name. He is also in charge of the set pieces.
Kevin De Bruyne can also pack a punch from the midfield region. The Manchester City star man has a goal, two assists, and also has a pass accuracy of 83% for Belgium.
Diogo Jota has a goal, an assist and also has a pass accuracy of 77% from the three appearances this for Portugal.
GK: R Patricio
DEF: J Vertonghen, T Menunier, N Semedo
MID: A Witsel, K D Bruyne, B Silva, R Sanches
FOR: R Lukaku, C Ronaldo, D Jota
Both sides have certified match winners in their respective camps and it can tunr out to be a mouth watering affair. However, it’s Belgium who seem to be more the cohesive unit, and will be the favorites to win as per the BEL vs POR Today Match Prediction odds by 13/10 as per bet356.