Ace Football previews the Group B match between Finland and Belgium in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, odds, and predictions.
Finland face Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium on Monday in the European Championship. While the Finnish enter Euro 2020 as number 54 in the FIFA world rankings, their opponents are up in 1st place in the table.
In a hard-fought group, Finland hung on for dear life taking 2nd place and enter Euro 2020 as heavy outsiders for the title.
Before the first match at the tournament, Belgium are heavy favorites with the bookmakers to top their group. The Red Devils have for long time be considered a top favorite and they had little trouble qualifying as winners of their group
Stats and Analysis
Belgium are brimming with confidence arriving at the Euro 2020 with extraordinarily good stats from their last 10 internationals. Roberto Martinez’s men managed a massive 4 goals a game, scoring 40 times while allowing a scarcely noticeable 3 goals against them. That is an impressively low 0.3 per game, with a clean sheet in 7 of the matches.
Finland go into their final group match on 3 points and need to win on Monday if they are to stand any chance of reaching the last-16.
Having collected two wins from their first two outings at the Euro 2020, Belgium are brimming with confidence before their upcoming match.
Stats and facts for Finland and Belgium.
Fun stats Finland
- Finland scored in the last 14 of 16 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Finland’s last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Finland’s last 2 of 4 matches.
Fun stats Belgium
- Belgium has won the last 12 matches in a row;
- Belgium has won the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
- Belgium has won in the last 15 of 16 matches;
- Belgium has won in the last 10 of 11 matches when playing away.
Finnish hoping for fresh start.
Finland will enter the match hoping to finally end their dismal run of form in recent matches. In their 3 latest outings, Markku Kanerva’s side suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Estonia and went on to a 1-0 win against Denmark. Their latest game produced a 1-0 defeat against Russia.
Belgians on a roll.
Belgium look to build on their current momentum with another positive result. In their previous 3 internationals, the Red Devils won 1-0 against Croatia after which they witnessed a 3-0 win against Russia. The most recent international for Belgium’s finest served up a 2-1 win against Denmark.
Finland v Belgium Fixture History
When they last played an international match against each other – on 1 June 2016 – they both came away with a point in a 1-1 draw.
Finland have won 50%, while Belgium have won 0% of their last 6 encounters in the European Championship resulting in a total of 3-3-0.
Managing 3 goals in his previous 6 internationals for Finland makes Joel Pohjanpalo a player every opponent will have marked as one to keep an eye on. With Romelu Lukaku on 4 goals in the last 6 internationals, Belgium will be hoping he can add to his total.