Belgium will open their Euro 2022 Qualifying campaign on Thursday when they welcome Russia to King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The hosts have not tasted defeat in a long time when playing at home, but the Russians will be determined to have a positive start to their qualifying period.
Belgium vs Russia Head to Head
|Head to Head||Last H2H game||Last H2H games||Last H2H games home/away|
|Belgium||Draw||3 W/ 0 D/ 1 L||2 W/ 0 D/ 0 L|
|Russia||Draw||1 W/ 0 D/ 3 L||0 W/ 0 D/ 2 L|
Last game between the nations: 28.03.2017 Russia – Belgium 3:3; Viktor Vasin 3′, Aleksey Miranchuk 74′, Aleksandr Bukharov 90′; Kevin Mirallas 17′ (penalty), Christian Benteke 42′, 45′ (Friendly)
Last game in Belgium: 22.06.2014 Belgium – Russia 1:0; Divock Origi 88′ (World Cup Group Stage)
Worth mentioning: Belgium have not lost to Russia in the four meetings between the nations since 2000. Two of the meetings saw both sides finding the nets and produced over 4,5 goals, while in the other two, the World Cup semi-finalists managed to keep a clean sheet and the matches featured under 2,5 goals. Belgium won their two home games by a one goal margin.
Belgium vs Russia Stats
|As of 18.03||Last game||Last 10 games||Last 5 games home/away|
|Belgium||Loss||7 W/ 1 D/ 2 L||4 W/ 1 D/ 0 L|
|Russia||Loss||4 W/ 3 D/ 3 L||1 W/ 0 D/ 4 L|
Last game Belgium: 18.11.2018 Switzerland – Belgium 5:2; Ricardo Rodriguez 26′ (penalty), Haris Seferivic 31′, 44′, 84′, Nico Elvedi 62′; Thorgan Hazard 2′, 17′
Next game Belgium: 24.03.2019 Cyprus – Belgium
Last game Russia: 20.11.2018 Sweden – Russia 2:0; Victor Lindeloff 41′, Marcus Berg 72′
Next game Russia: 24.03.2019 Kazakhstan – Russia
|Last 10 games||GF : GA||Over 2,5 goals||BTTS||Clean sheets|
Worth mentioning: Belgium will have to fight to for their place in Euro 2022, after failing to win their League of Nations group and thus to ensure another option for qualification. The Red Devils were beaten 5:2 by Switzerland in a direct battle for the top spot and later their coach admitted that his team “forgot to defend” during the game. Three of their last five outings produced over 2,5 goals and the same number of games witnessed goals at both ends. When playing as hosts the Belgium team is undefeated in nineteen consecutive games, with their last loss dating back to 2016 when they lost 0:2 to Spain.
The Russians shared the same feat as their Friday opponents in the League of Nations, as they lost the last game in their group and thus failed to claim top spot. None of their last four matches saw both teams to score and only one featured over 2,5 goals. Russia won only won of their last five visits, while recording losses in all of the other games(Not counting the World Cup games where Russia were listed as visiting team).
Belgium vs Russia News
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Belgium vs Russia Predictions
Belgium to win – 1.30 @bet365