Belgium is currently ranked number 1 as UEFA. They have emerged as winners in their first two games of Euro 2020. Also, they want to continue their flawless run against Finland on Monday.
Roberto Martinez’s men can now secure first place in Group B. They only want either a draw or a victory. On the other hand, for Finnish, it’s a must-win to ensure progress.
A top-class cameo display from Kevin de Bruyne in their last match. It inspired his side to make a come-back against Denmark. Fans and players paid tribute to midfielder Christian Eriksen for his quick recovery. He continues to recover from his mid-game cardiac arrest last weekend.
Belgium beat the Danes 2-1 last Thursday. For this, Belgium became the first team to win a match coming from behind in Euro 2020. They have now won 21 of their last 25 matches altogether. The only defeat came at Wembley in the Nations League last October.
Finland European Championship form:
Finland form (all competitions):
D L L L W L
Belgium European Championship form:
Belgium form (all competitions):
D W D W W W
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Belgium and Finland Team News:
As the qualification is secured, Belgium may make several changes. They can offer more minutes to talisman Kevin De Bruyne. He is stepping up his recovery from facial fractures.
However, wing-back Timothy Castagne’s campaign has been ended after a clash of heads. So, Thomas Meunier is likely to continue on the right flank. Wing-back Thorgan Hazard has a minor knee injury. So he will not be risked.
Head coach, Roberto Martinez, wanted to start with Axel Witsel. Also, injury-hit captain, Eden Hazard starts too.
Though their opponents may opt to rotate and involve fringe members of their squad, Finland will instead retain a relatively unchanged lineup.
Having been defensively solid in their opening encounters, Markku Kanerva may resist the temptation to recall right-back Nikolai Alho, who overcame an ankle sprain to make the bench last time out in Russia.
While Jukka Raitala was forced to come off late on in the opening match due to a calf problem, he is fit to start again in a resolute rearguard, set to be shielded by all-action Rangers star Glen Kamara and 34-year-old captain Tim Sparv, who did not feature in Wednesday’s defeat.
Finland possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio; Uronen, Kamara, Sparv, Kauko, Raitala; Pohjanpalo, Pukki
Belgium possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Alderweireld, Dendoncker, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Chadli; E. Hazard, Lukaku, Carrasco