On June 21, in St. Petersburg, the next match of the group stage of Euro 2020 will take place. In the framework of the tournament, the participants of Group B - Finland and Belgium-will come face to face. On whose side will the victory be in this confrontation? Our sports portal gives a forecast for this meeting.
Markku Canevra's team started qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with draws against Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the friendly games in 2021, the Finns were defeated by Switzerland (2: 3), Sweden (0:2) and Estonia (0:1). As for the performance of the Scandinavians at Euro 2020, they started the tournament with a victory in the interrupted match with Denmark (1: 0). The Danes were thrown out of the saddle after the incident with Christian Eriksen, who almost died on the football field. In the second round, the Finns lost to Russia with a minimum score (0: 1), not too inferior to the Russians in terms of the number of scoring episodes created. After two rounds, Suomi scored three points, but they are inferior to the Russian team in additional indicators. A draw with Belgium can give the Finns a ticket to the playoffs of the tournament.
In March this year, the Belgian team played three World Cup qualifiers, beating Wales (3: 1), Belarus (8:0) and drew with the Czech Republic (1:1). In June, as part of the preparatory phase for the continental tournament, the Red Devils drew with Greece (1-1) in home test matches, and also beat Croatia (1-0). In the opening match of Euro 2020, Belgium, without much effort and playing without a number of leaders, defeated the Russian team with a score of 3: 0. In the second round, Martinez's team failed to start the meeting with Denmark, conceding a quick goal, but managed not only to win back, but also to take the lead after Kevin de Bruyne entered the field - 2: 1.
Statistics and figures:
- Belgium-the favorite of the game;
- The Finns have lost 4 of their last 5 matches;
- Belgium has a 3-match winning streak;
- The Red Devils have not lost in their last 11 meetings;
- The previous face-to-face meeting of the teams ended with a score of 1: 1;
- The Finns have not lost a single match to the Belgians from the previous five.
Belgium has historically played poorly against Finland. Something tells me that in this meeting, you can try to play a big quote on the success of the Scandinavian team, which will be considered a draw.