Belgium vs Portugal Betting Tips, Predictions and Preview
Belgium vs Portugal predictions and betting tips for the International Friendly on Saturday evening with an anytime goalscorer tip and match prediction included.
Belgium go into the 2018 World Cup with plenty of optimism. Their talented squad looks packed with quality and many players such as Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard come off the back of excellent Premier League season. They have been drawn in Group G alongside England, Tunisia and Panama and will be expected to sail into the round of 16. They warm up with a number of competitive games including a meeting with Group B hopefuls Portugal in Brussels. This is their first match since March when they were put four past Saudi Arabia. Portugal drew with Tunisia on Monday despite finding themselves 2-0 up in the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo was rested following his Champions League exploits but it was a poor display from Fernando Santos’ side and they can’t afford similar slip-ups against Spain, Morocco or Iran. Their defensive frailties were horribly exposed by the North African side and Belgium’s potent attack should enjoy the space afforded to them. See our Belgium vs Portugal betting tips and predictions in the article below:
Belgium vs Portugal Predictions
Although Roberto Martinez’s presence in the dugout is a concern, Belgium should have too much firepower for their opponents here. Ronaldo could return to the side but they are wobbly at the back and they could struggle to keep out the likes of De Bruyne and Hazard. The Red Devils have only lost once at home in friendlies since November 2013. Portugal conceded three times to the Netherlands in March and they are clearly struggling at the back. The first of our Belgium vs Portugal betting tips is Belgium to Win which is priced at Evens with William Hill.
Considering Portugal’s recent defensive record, it’s difficult to overlook goals in this one. Their troubles at the back have come to the fore recently whilst Belgium are hardly watertight themselves. Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 13/10 with 888Sport and is the second of our Belgium vs Portugal predictions.
We won’t know which line-up Roberto Martinez will opt for but Dries Mertens is likely to play some part in this friendly. With doubts over Romelu Lukaku, he could play through the middle. Dries Mertens in the anytime goalscorer market is priced at 16/5 with Betfair and is the last of our Belgium vs Portugal betting tips.
Belgium vs Portugal Betting Tips
Total Goals Tip
Anytime Goalscorer Prediction
Belgium vs Portugal Betting Preview
Belgium start as the favourites for this encounter and can be backed at Evens. The draw will also be popular and is available at 9/4. Portugal haven’t been at their best recently but they are 3/1 to bounce back here.
International Friendlies are not known for their high-scoring nature but there could be a few goals in this one and it is 5/4 for Over 2.5 Goals.
Ronaldo should return to the side and he is available at 6/5 to net during the 90 minutes. The Champions League-winner is the standout player for Portugal and will have a big say in their progress from Group B.
All of these odds are from William Hill
Belgium vs Portugal Team News
Michy Batshuayi is still injured and is unlikely to play any part in this game whilst Romelu Lukaku will have to be assessed pre kick-off.
Cristiano Ronaldo should return for Portugal and could play from the start. Fernando Santos may be tempted to make changes at the back.
See all of our 2018 World Cup betting tips.
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