Russia vs Belgium
Date: Saturday, 16 November 2019
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Gazprom Arena (Saint Petersburg).
As per form, h2h superiority, and sheer dominance in terms of talent, the Belgians come out on top. However, with home advantage for Russia, coupled with their desperation to finish as group champions, the BTTS bet seems promising.
Russia vs Belgium Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, the Belgians won 3-1.
- Russia has not kept a clean sheet against this opponent since 2002.
- Belgium has scored thrice or more in the previous two encounters, and twice or more in four of the former five.
- On the road, Belgium has scored two or more goals in every battle in the prior 17 years.
- Three of the preceding five fixtures ended with goals at either end of the pitch.
Russia vs Belgium Prediction
The Russians did not pay heed to their away handicap the last day, as they practically decimated the Cypriot squad with a 0-5 drubbing. Within ten minutes on the game-clock itself did the guests find the back of the net, and then added one more by the 23rd minute. This was followed by a sending-off for the hosts, which was amply taken advantage of by the visiting contingent.
Three more goals were added by the visitors to complete the five-goal scorecard.
The World Cup semi-finalists continued their dominant run in the group, unchallenged, the last match-day too. They were on the road but defeated the Kazakhstan squad with a classy performance. One goal apiece in both the halves delivered the three points for the team.
This weekend, the war is on for the top-most spot. Belgium holds the lead, as they already have a surplus of three points, and have won the reverse fixture of this game as well. However, Russia can make up with a win on Saturday, which will help them to make a pass at the group-champion tag.
Taking into account the form of both teams, who have both combined to deliver 15 wins from their combined 16 matches in the competition (the sole loss in the list came between these two as well), the chances for this fixture to return goals at both ends are very high.
However, with the talent that the Belgian roster possesses, and the experience they have gained over the course of the last few years, plus the superiority in h2h clashes they have shown in the last two decades (Belgium would have possessed a 100% winning record in h2h encounters since 2002, if not for a single draw in 2017), the victory should go for Belgium.
Russia vs Belgium Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Belgium @ 1.50 (1/2)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.67 (2/3).