Belgium -vs- Portugal
One of the most eye-catching matches in the round 16 stage of Euro 2020. FIFA world ranking no.1 Belgium with 100% record at group stage, will facing the reigning champion Portugal.
Belgium breezed into the knockout round by winning all three of their Group B fixtures. While Portugal escaped from the group of death although they just won one game from it.
Martinez’s side are now unbeaten in their last 12 matches and will certainly fancy their chances of challenging for the trophy. Although the winner of this match is going to face the dangerous Italy in the quarter-finals.
Belgium finished 3rd in the 2018 World Cup, but they have not advanced past the quarter-finals of a Euro Championship since they finished as runners-up in 1980.
Portugal has triumphed at Euro 2016, they also reached the semi-finals in 2000 and 2012. In addition to claim the runners-up at Euro 2004, make them one of the most successful countries in this competition.
Portugal’s defender Semedo has trained ahead of this match and should on the starting 11 list again, with Dalot on standby.
B.Fernandes could again be name on the bench, because Santos likely to stick with the 433 formation that worked well against Germany on Wednesday.
Danilo is doubt with the blow, William Carvalho and Neves are options for Danilo, Boyata and Aldeweireld will back to starting list together with Vertonghen.
De Bruyne and E.Hazard expected alongside with Lukaku in the final third of the field.
This is an extremely difficult game to call, both team can feel that they will hurt the other in the final third of the field. But Belgium have more advantages and Portugal’s right defender will be the playground for France.
So we would think Belgium could eliminate Portugal but not in the easiest way. Today game Belgium -vs- Protugal 3-1 score line could be more ideal.