We have a super derby in the EURO 2020 Round of 16, between the FIFA No.1 team in the world, Belgium, and the reigning EURO and UEFA Nations League champions, Portugal. For some, this is the biggest game of the entire tournament, which could even decide the winner of the same. The game takes place at Cartuja Stadium in Seville.
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The Red Devils only showed bits of their potential in the opening stage of the championship, and even though they haven’t played with 100% of their power, they posted an easy three wins. The opening match against Russia ended 3-1, then they performed a comeback in the second 45 against Denmark, 2-1, before routinely dispatching Finland in the closing game of the group stage, 2-0.
They had 10 wins and two draws in the last 12 contests, and what is more important, Belgium now has all of its players available for matches. De Bruyne, Hazard, and Witsel are ready to take the pitch from the start, which wasn’t the case before.
Romelu Lukaku is the no.1 option in the attack, and so far, he has three goals on his account. Overall, the Red Devils scored two or more hits in nine games during the current invincible stretch.
We can say that Portugal disappointed in the group stage. But knowing their mentality, we aren’t going to do that. Selecao often starts the competitions pretty sluggish, but as time goes by, improve the form. Plus, they are masters for the knockout stage.
The first match saw them defeating Hungary, 3-0, then they suffered a big humiliation against Germany, 2-4, and in the end, played 2-2 against France. Throughout these three contests, Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals and is the top goalscorer at the moment.
Unlike before, Portugal’s defense has been a bit vulnerable, which is why they concede more than usual. It also increases the overall efficiency of their games, with the last four all finishing above 2.5 goals.
Belgium vs. Portugal Head to Head
Three years ago, these teams met for the last time in a friendly international. The result was 0-0.
Belgium vs. Portugal Pick and Prediction
Belgium too, has slight problems with defense, and after seeing that their rivals have multiple issues in the same part of the team, our pick for this match would be for both teams to score. On one side, you have Ronaldo, Jota, Bruno, on the other Lukaku, De Bruyne, and Hazard, making it the perfect choice for this event.
EURO 2020 Pick: Both teams to score -110