De Rode Deuvels are ready to start their campagn in this year’s EURO by meeting Russia, this weekend. Despite playing on Russian soil, to be exact in Saint Petersburg, Romelu Lukaku and Co remaind to be the favorite, not only to clinch a win here but also the Champion one. They are still leading the current FIFA rankings, have a world-class players in the squad and winning mentality. Yet, Sbornaya can not be looked down on as Artem Dzyuba and Co are playing at their home turf.
Both teams’ updated news
Belgium’s squad is one of the most complete one. They have star players on each line, Thibault Cortois, Toby Alderweireld, Youri Tielemans and Romelu Lukaku. Their reserve players are quite equal to their first team. The only surprise is the inclusion of Eden Hazard who missed a lot of games in Real Madrid.
Russia’s final squad has been a mixture of senior names from World Cup 2018 and the youngsters. Stanislav Cherchesov still included the seniors Artem Dyzuba, Mario Fernandes and Yuri Zhirkov, but has also named the uncapped Denis Makarov, the 19-year old Maxim Mukhin, Andrey Mostovoi, Alexander Sobolev and Danii Fomin.
Roberto Martinez has always been in favour of 3-4-3 formation with Romelu Lukaku as the main forward while Thorgan Hazard and Dries Mertens or Leandro Trossard accompanying the Inter Milan man as the attacking left and right wingers. In the midfield, Kevin de Bruyne will be the anchorman supported by the Leicester City midfielder centre, Youri Tielemans.
The former international goalkeeper in mid 1990s, Stanislav Cherchesov has deployed several formation from 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 or 3-4-2-1 or 3-5-2. The last one seems to be the best option while taking on the favorite Belgium. Artem Dzyuba remains the targetman, accompanied by either Alexei Miranchuk or Denis Cheryshev upfront. They will gain support from the second line led by Monaco playmaker Alexander Golovin.
Players to watch
Romelu Lukaku is inevitably the vital figure in Roberto Martinez’s side. He has scored 24 goals and 11 assists in Serie A this season. Some other key men to watch are Youri Tielemans, Thibault Cortois and Atletico Madrid winger who lately can turns to be a wing back when necessary, Yannick Carrasco.
In Sbornaya, the veteran striker Artem Dzyuba is still the main man in their attacking scheme. His height and good positioning is helpful as a poacher upfront. The Zenit man has bagged 29 goals in 52 caps. Someother notable figures in their starting XI are the creative playmaker Alexander Golovin and Zenit man Daler Kuzyayev.
Belgium vs Russia Prediction
Rod Deuvels shall be able to clinch their first win here despite playing on the road, possibly in a thriller with one goal difference. Cherchesov’s men will strive to pick up at least one point here but their defence is not considerably solid against the high profile team as Belgium.