Kick-off: 2000, 21/06/2021
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
TV: BBC One
Belgium haven’t been totally convincing so far at Euro 2020 but their big guns are beginning to fire and that looks ominous for next opponents Finland.
The Finns have shown plenty of spirit and resolve but, as expected, ultimately look in a little too deep at this level.
With Roberto Martinez keen to find top gear before the knockout stages, 10/11 for the Red Devils to win to nil is our first Finland vs Belgium prediction.
A Look At Finland’s Betting Odds
Finland kicked off with a 1-0 win over Denmark after Christian Eriksen’s dramatic collapse but then went down by the same scoreline versus Russia.
Joel Pohjanpalo thought he had scored his second goal of the tournament when heading into the net but was marginally offside.
Russia were the better team from there on and Aleksey Miranchuk’s classy left-foot shot on the stroke of half-time proved decisive.
“I don’t know how far Joel was offside but it was so close,” Finland captain Paulus Arajuuri said. “It’s all about fine margins and they didn’t go our way.
“It gives you a huge energy boost when you score and when it’s ruled out, it takes a lot of energy out of you, too.”
Finland can still qualify and will always give 100 per cent but Russia really should have doubled or even tripled their advantage after the break.
Looking at the Finland vs Belgium odds, we reckon 9/10 for them to lose by more than one clear goal here is a solid option.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
After opening up with a 3-0 triumph over Russia, Belgium had to come from behind to beat Denmark 2-1.
Sloppy defending allowed Yussuf Poulsen to give the hosts the lead in Copenhagen and the Danes were deservedly in front at the interval.
However, Martinez then brought on Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and he helped to turn things around.
Returning from a facial injury suffered in the Champions League final, De Bruyne set up Thorgan Hazard for a tap-in before firing home the winner himself.
Denmark threatened to fight back but Belgium held firm and were also buoyed by Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard coming off the bench.
Martinez said: “If you follow Kevin De Bruyne’s career, you never doubt his talent.
“Obviously, it’s a big ask to come on at half-time and be able to affect the game the way he did it.
“It’s not just about talent, it’s about his know-how and the way that he played in the second half.
“He didn’t look like a player that has been through surgery, that has been away from the football pitch.”
The return of De Bruyne and Witsel could free up Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans to get forward more and 9/2 for him to score in a Red Devils win is added to our Finland vs Belgium betting tips.
FINLAND 0-1 Russia
Denmark 1-2 BELGIUM – T Hazard, De Bruyne
Head-to-head: Belgium 1-1 Finland, Belgium 1-1 Finland, Finland 1-0 Belgium
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