Belgium has maintained a perfect streak of two wins out of two games so far in the campaign. If that was not enough, their three key players have returned to the squad, and the manager has confirmed that all three of them will be starting.
Finland, on the other hand, will be looking to defend their lives. After securing a win against a panic-stricken Denmark side, they lost to Russia in the second by a one-goal margin. What will be their fate in the last game? Let’s see.
Finland 0-2 Belgium
Finland 0-2 Belgium
Finland’s fortunes have been mixed so far in the group stages of Euro 2020. After winning the first games against Denmark and losing in the second one against Russia, they compete against one of the favourite teams to win the tournament.
On paper, Belgium might look a better team on paper, and they are, but in head-to-head competitions, Finland has won four games, lost three, and drew four. Their last defeat against the Belgians came in 1968.
Would they able to keep up with this streak? We can only wait to find out today.
Roberto Martinez confirmed in a press conference that Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Axel Witsel would start against Finland. So, it means more trouble for the opposition.
The attacking prowess possessed by Belgium in the last game of group stages will be second to none. Finland will indeed be defending five players with a defence line with two defensive midfielders dropping between the lines.
After securing their spot in the next stages, Belgium might ease the rest of its squad other than the three new key players who have just returned from the injury.
Finland and Belgium will line up like this:
Finland: Hradecky; O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio; Uronen, Kamara, Sparv, Kauko, Raitala; Pohjanpalo, Pukki
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Dendoncker, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Thorgan Hazard; Eden Hazard, Lukaku, Carrasco
The Belgians have already secured qualification into the next stages. Roberto Martinez will be resting many key players, so the outcome might be different from anticipated.
Our prediction: Finland 0-2 Belgium
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