Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal square off against FIFA’s No 1-ranked team Belgium in a Euro 2020 last-16 tie. Check out betting tips, best odds, match analysis, and form guides here.
Belgium take on Portugal for a match in the European Championship on Sunday at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville, Spain.
The Red Devils are one of the favorites to challenge for Euro 2020 glory and rank number 1 in the FIFA world rankings. They finished top of Group B with maximum points, having won each of their three games, and conceded just one goal.
Portugal, on the other hand, booked a spot in the last-16 stage as one of the best 3rd-placed finishing teams. Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace against France on Wednesday was enough to salvage a 2-2 draw and 3rd-place in the Group F table. The European champions rank in number 5 in the FIFA world rankings.
Stats and Analysis
Belgium enter the last-16 stage with some whopping stats in their previous 10 internationals. Roberto Martinez’s side averaged 2.7 goals per game, scoring 27 times and conceding a meager 6 goals across all competitions. That makes an average of 0.6 per game, as they pulled off a clean sheet in 5 of the matches.
Portugal, on the other hand, haven’t had it so easy in their last 10 outings. The Navigators have had no trouble in the attack, having averaged 2 goals per game and scoring 20 times across all competitions. They’ve also conceded 1.2 goals per game on average, including 6 goals in their last 2 Euro 2020 games alone.
Stats and facts for Belgium and Portugal.
Fun stats Belgium
- Belgium has won the last 13 matches in a row;
- Belgium has won the last 7 matches in a row at home;
- Belgium has won in the last 16 of 17 matches;
- Belgium has won in the last 10 of 11 matches at home.
Fun stats Portugal
- Portugal has won in the last 6 of 7 matches when playing away;
- Portugal scored in the last 23 of 25 matches;
- Portugal scored the last 14 matches in a row when playing away;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Portugal’s last 8 of 10 matches.
Red Devils out to make it 5 wins in a row.
Belgium have had a smooth start in Euro 2020 so far, having won each of their 3 games without too much hassle. Roberto Martinez’s side began their campaign with a 3-0 win against Russia, followed by a 2-1 win against Denmark. Their most recent match brought a 2-0 win against Finland.
European champions aim to kick-start title defense.
Portugal, just like their title-winning Euro 2016 campaign, finished 3rd in the group stages. Fernando Santos’ men hammered Hungary in a 3-0 win for their first match before suffering a 4-2 defeat against Germany. Their latest match served up a 2-2 draw against France.
Belgium v Portugal Fixture History
When they last played an international match against each other – on 2 June 2018 – they both came away with a 0-0 draw in a friendly.
In terms of recent meetings, though, Portugal have the edge. The European champions have won 3 of their last 4 encounters with Belgium and hope to extend their impressive record in Seville.
Romelu Lukaku has certainly delivered the goods for Belgium in recent matches. Both he and his fellow countrymen hope he can add to the 4 goals he has managed in the previous 6 internationals.
Managing 7 goals in his previous 6 internationals for Portugal, meanwhile, makes Cristiano Ronaldo a player Belgium will mark as one to keep an eye on.