Not a day passes when I can not fathom the idea that such a highly rated team as Belgium could only produce the best keeper in the tournament. Talking about last year’s World Cup competition in Russia. With the elite in club football originating from such a structured team, Group 1 ahead of the Euro qualifications is not a mess this time round.
Russia as World Cup hosts last year produced an unexpectedly great performance at home. Reaching the quarter finals was such a great deal for the famously cold region. Now that Euro beckons, they may be in the mood to create more glitz and glam for there home fans.
The “Red Devils” as hosts for this fixture haven’t recorded two competitive defeats in a row since September 2010. With such form, including netting at least two goals in 14 of their last 16 matches, Eden Hazard’s side is a “no-flex-zone”.
Their counterparts have now lost two of their recent matches ‘to nil’ in addition to conceding at least twice on both occasions. Sad, right?
Head to head
In five of their last head to head matches, Belgium have always come on top with an outstanding performance: W3, D2. Furthermore, they have scored scored twice as many goals as they have conceded: GF9, GA5. Surprising? I think not.
Belgium have scored at least two goals in three of their last fixtures tied against Russia. Well, Romelu Lukaku being Belgium’s highest all time scorer with 45 international goals, this guy is a scoring machine!
It is evidently clear that the hosts tonight have an upper hand on this fixture. Group 1 favorites and second runners up in the accomplished WC, Belgium will go all out for supremacy successful. Thus, Belgium Win. Full time Over 2.5.
…as of now, the match is square at the break with a 1-1 held and hard fought first half. Russia could only clutch at a straw until hell broke loose at the break gifting the home side a penalty. Hazard on the spot could not take any chances, 2-1 it is!