EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Russia vs Belgium Preview & Prediction
When does Russia vs Belgium kick off? Saturday 16th November, 2019 – 17:00 (UK)
Where is Russia vs Belgium being played? Saint-Petersburg Stadium
What television channel is Russia vs Belgium on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule
Where can I stream Russia vs Belgium? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go
What was the score when the teams last met? Belgium 3-1 Russia
THE TEAM NEWS
- Since losing in Belgium in their opening match of the campaign, Russia have collected maximum points from their other seven games and are already sure of their place at next summer's tournament.
- Coach Stanislav Cherchesov has named a 26-man squad for the final two matches, including uncapped quartet Maksim Belyaev, Dmitri Chistyakov, Daniil Fomin and Rifat Zhemaletdinov.
- Midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk returns after injury but his brother Anton remains sidelined along with Alan Dzagoev, Yury Gazinsky and Fyodor Smolov, while key man Denis Cheryshev has pulled out.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Guilherme; Petrov, Semenov, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Ozdoev, Akhmetov, Golovin; Ionov, Dyzuba, Bakaev
Unavailable: Anton Miranchuk (Injured), Gazinsky (Injured), Dzagoev (Injured), Smolov (Injured), Cheryshev (Injured)
- Belgium are one of only two teams with a perfect record in EURO 2020 qualifying and they have not even conceded a goal in their last seven matches.
- Kevin De Bruyne, Leandro Trossard and Jason Denayer are back in the squad after missing the last set of internationals due to injury, but defenders Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Meunier are ruled out.
- Timothy Castagne is therefore set to be recalled on the right flank, while De Bruyne should come back into the attack along with Romelu Lukaku, who was rested in the last match against Kazakhstan.
Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Mechele; Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, T. Hazard; De Bruyne, E. Hazard; Lukaku
Unavailable: Kompany (Injured), Casteels (Injured), Meunier (Injured), Vertonghen (Injured)
Belgium have waltzed through this qualification campaign, scoring a whopping 30 goals in eight games. Russia are not far behind on 27 goals and with nothing much to play for here other than settling top spot, both teams can play without pressure and add a few more to their tally.