Belgium vs. Russia UEFA Euro 2020 tie kicks off on Saturday, the 12th of June, time: 20:00 (GMT+1 at Krestovsky Stadium.
 

Belgium will be making their first Euro 2020 appearance behind four victories and two draws across all international competitions in their last six games: WWDWDW. On Sunday, the 6th of June, Belgium defeated Croatia by a lone goal thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 38th minute effort. Before that win, Belgium picked up a 1-1 draw against Greece on the 3rd of June in another international friendly match. Coach Roberto Martinez believes the recent performances by Belgium has steeled his side ahead of this fixture against Russia. 









Martinez named a 26-man squad for the tournament and on it are names such as Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Yannick Carrasco (Atl├ętico Madrid), and Leander Dendoncker (Wolves). Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), and Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) were also named in Roberto Martinez's list. He has been managing Belgium since August 3, 2016 and has an impressive record of 43W, 9D, 4L in 53 games. On Saturday, a 3—4—3 formation is expected from the 47-year-old coach.

 

Meanwhile, Russia will also be coming into their first Group-B Euro 2020 fixture behind a victory. On the 5th of June, they met and defeated Bulgaria by a lone goal in an international friendly. - Courtesy of an effort from the penalty spot by Aleksandr Sobolev (84' P.). Russia's coach, Stanislav Cherchesov has put a team together which consists of Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskva),



 Igor Diveev (CSKA Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), and Vyacheslav Karavaev (Zenit). The likes of Dmitri Barinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), and Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco) are also included in the squad list. Their best finish at the UEFA Euros has been qualifying for the semi-final stages in the 2008 edition of this tournament. On Saturday, Stanislav Cherchesov will likely adopt a conventional 4—3—3 formation when Russia makes their first appearance in this tournament.

 

On the 16th of November 2019, Belgium defeated Russia, 4-1. Before that fixture, Belgium had defeated Russia, 3-1 in March of the same year while an earlier fixture ended in a 3-3 draw for both countries on the 28th of March 2017.

 

A 2-1 win for Belgium is predicted at full-time.
Venue: Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021. 
Kick-Off Time: 20:00 (GMT+1). 
Tournament: Euro 2020.





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