Euro 2020 | Portugal vs Belgium


Belgium vs Portugal prediction, One of the standout matches in the round of 16 of
 will take place in Seville on Sunday evening, with Belgium, who have a 100% record in this summer's competition, facing holders Portugal.
Belgium advanced to the knockout stages by winning all three of their Group B games to top the table, while Portugal eventually qualified from Group F in third behind France and Germany.
Belgium may top the table with three wins from three games, but Roberto Martinez's side did not get an easy draw in the last 16, with Portugal against them in Seville.
The Red Devils started their Group B challenge with a 3-0 success over Russia before recording a 2-1 win over Denmark in their second match on 17 June.
A potentially difficult encounter with Finland comes next on June 21, but an own goal from Lukas Hradecky put Belgium ahead in Russia before Romelu Lukaku in form sealed the points.
Martinez's side are now unbeaten in their last 12 matches and will surely love their chances of fighting for the trophy, although the winners of this contest are likely to face a dangerous Italian side in the quarter-finals.
Belgium finished third at the 2018 World Cup but have not progressed past the European Championship quarter-finals since finishing as runners-up in 1980, meaning that their experience in the latter stages has been limited despite being now considered one of the best teams. in international football.
Portugal, as mentioned, eventually qualified from Group F in third, having drawn 2-2 against France on Wednesday night. This piece provided all sorts of twists and turns in the final gameweek, but an impassioned Hungary ended up finishing fourth to drop out of the competition.
Fernando Santos' side impressed in their opening group game against Hungary, recording a 3-0 win on 15 June, but they then suffered a 4-2 loss to Germany, which put the reigning champions in a difficult position ahead of their clash with France.
Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Portugal claim a point against the world champions, allowing them to progress as one of the best third-placed teams. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is now the all-time leading international goalscorer with 109 goals alongside Ali Daei, which is quite a surprise.
The Selecao, of course, are the European Cup holders, having won at Euro 2016; they also reached the semi-finals in 2000 and 2012, apart from claiming a runner-up spot at Euro 2004, which is an indication of their credentials in this illustrious competition.
Portugal will have to do it the hard way if they are to make another final, with the likes of Italy, France and Spain all possible opponents in the latter stages, and it will be interesting to see how they perform on Sunday night, as did Belgium. would definitely believe that they could harm the Iberian side.
Martinez's team selection for this clash will be interesting, but it is expected that Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard will be alongside Lukaku in the final third, leaving Dries Mertens on the bench.
Dedryck Boyata should get the nod to Jason Denayer to start in the back three, while Thorgan Hazard is likely to prevent Yannick Carrasco from featuring at left-back for the Red Devils.
Youri Tielemans was an unused substitute against Finland but will return for this match, with Witsel also potentially featured in midfield, allowing De Bruyne to be part of a front three.
As for Portugal, Nelson Semedo is expected to miss the problem he suffered against France in Wednesday's final but the defender has been training ahead of his game and should be given the nod once again, with Diogo Dalot coming on. ready.
Danilo Pereira is also a doubt with the blow to the face he suffered against the world champions, but the midfielder is expected to overcome that problem to feature as part of a midfield three.
As a result, Bruno Fernandes could be added to the bench again, with Santos likely to stick with the 4-3-3 formation that worked well on Wednesday.
William Carvalho and Ruben Neves are options to replace Danilo - who trained on Friday - but a switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation could also be on the manager's mind, which would allow Fernandes to return to the starting team but potentially leave the holders more open against the outfit. Belgium is dangerous.(red)

⛳ Predicted Line-up Belgium vs Portugal:

🔺 Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, T Hazard; E Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne

🔺 Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Warrior; Moutinho, Danilo, Sanches; Bernardo, Ronaldo, Jota


✅ Belgium vs Portugal Score Prediction: 1-1
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