Belgium is among the favorites for Euro 2020. The Red Devils will start their journey today against Russia.
Roberto Martinez’s side is currently ranked No1 in the FIFA world rankings. Also, it is a fact that they are no more dark horses. Now, they will fight for the ultimate glory.
As for Russia, they head into this game as the underdogs. Also, they will try their best for the best result in St Petersburg. Also, their impressive World Cup quarter-final run in 2018 proves they should not be underestimated on home soil.
Date, kick-off time, and venue
Belgium vs Russia is scheduled for an 8 pm BST kick-off on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Belgium vs Russia team news
For Belgium, Kevin De Bruyne is not available for the game. The midfielder joined with the rest of the Belgian squad on Monday at their base in Tubize. Also, he needs to go through more medical tests. He picked up a double facial fracture in the Champions League final.
Rest both the teams have a full lineup available.
Belgium vs Russia predicted lineups
Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Meunier, Castagne, Dendoncker, Tielemans; E. Hazard, Carrasco; Lukaku
Russia XI: Shahin; Semyonov, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Zhirkov; Golovin, Miranchuk; Dzbuya
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels
Defenders: Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Thomas Meunier, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Timothy Castagne
Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli, Yannick Carrasco, Youri Tielemans, Thorgan Hazard, Dennis Praet, Hans Vanaken
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Jeremy Doku, Leandro Trossard
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Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin; Matvei Safonov; Anton Shunin.
Defenders: Georgi Dzhikiya; Igor Diveev; Yuri Zhirkov; Vyacheslav Karavaev; Fedor Kudryashov; Andrei Semenov; Mario Fernandes.
Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov; Rifat Zhemaletdinov; Maksim Mukhin; Aleksandr Golovin; Daniil Fomin; Roman Zobnin; Alexei Ionov; Daler Kuzyayev; Andrei Mostovoy; Magomed Ozdoev; Denis Makarov; Aleksei Miranchuk; Denis Cheryshev.
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba; Anton Zabolotny; Aleksandr Sobolev.
Belgium vs Russia prediction
It’s very unfortunate for Belgium that they will not get De Bruyne for this match. Without De Bruyne also, Belgium has plenty of stars throughout the team. So, it is not a worry for Belgium. Although this game is in Russia, the Red Devils should get off the mark with a win.
Belgium 3-1 Russia
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Belgium wins: 5
Russia wins: 0