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Russia vs Belgium UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Odds & Betting Preview

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer News

Updated Mar 31, 2021 · 7:46 AM PDT

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  • Group I leaders Belgium travel to Saint Petersburg to face Russia on Saturday
  • Roberto Martinez’s side have a perfect 24 points through eight matches
  • Get the odds, pick, and betting preview for Saturday’s clash below

The two top teams in Group I meet this weekend at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, November 16, at 12:00 pm EST. Belgium and Russia both sit atop their group with 24 and 21 points, respectively. Belgium is yet to lose, while the Russian’s only defeat in Euro qualifying came against Belgium back on March 21st when the Belgians beat them 3-1 in Brussels behind Eden Hazard’s double.

Both squads have looked relatively unmatched in Group I, with Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino rounding out the group. Without question, Belgium and Russia will qualify for next summer’s European championships considering the number of points they each have with just two fixtures left including this clash on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgians enter this match as favorites at -111 over Denis Cheryshev and Russia.

Russia vs Belgium Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Russia +0.5 (-109) +235 Ov 2.5 (-119)
Belgium -0.5 (-111) -111 Un 2.5 (-101)
Draw N/A +255 N/A

Odds taken on Nov 13

Class of the Group

Belgium has been in spectacular form throughout the qualifying for next summer’s European Championships, scoring 30 goals and conceding just one in eight matches. The only goal they allowed was against Russia back in March. Romelu Lukaku has six goals to his name, while Eden Hazard has looked exceptional, bagging three goals and tallying five assists for his country.

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From Kevin De Bruyne to Michy Batshuayi, this team is swarming with top talent from Europe’s finest clubs. They’re first among all teams with 18.1 shots per game and also sit atop the leaderboard with 9.2 of those shots on target. In their last qualifier against Kazakhstan on October 13th, the Red Devils won 2-0 with goals from Batshuayi and Thomas Meunier while controlling 66-percent of the possession in the match.

Meanwhile, Russia has looked utterly dominant since their Cinderella run in the 2018 World Cup, where they lost in PK’s to eventual finalists Croatia. They have carried that momentum with them, winning a possible seven out of eight fixtures in qualifying. Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba has been absolutely lethal in the final third, netting nine goals and adding five assists in just eight appearances.

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Valencia midfielder Denis Cheryshev has played just five times throughout the qualifiers, but he’s played his part, bagging five goals and assisting three. The Russians have snagged an impressive 3.4 goals per game throughout qualifying, which is third among all European countries in the tournament. Belgium sits just above them with 3.8 per match.

Russia vs Belgium Stats

7-0-1 Euro Qualifiers Record 8-0-0
27 Goals Scored 30
4 Goals Conceded 1
17 (2nd) Shots Per Match 18.1 (1st)

Belgium is a Safe Bet

The Belgians are arguably one of the top countries in the world right now and a serious contender for a European championship title next summer. Even though this fixture doesn’t mean a whole lot to either since they’re both already qualifying, expect to see Belgium come out victorious in this group I match.

Pick: Belgium win 3-1

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