In a battle between two nations who have already clinched their spot at next year’s European Championships, Group I high-flyers Russia and Belgium will meet at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium on Saturday evening.
Picking up a 2-0 win away in Kazakhstan last month, the Red Devils have won each of their eight EURO 2020 qualifying contests and are one of just two nations across any of the groups to boast a 100% record.
On the flip side, Roberto Martinez’s men are not the only side who have secured their route out of Group I with plenty of time to spare and find the mood in their camp at a continued high.
Winning each of their last seven appearances during qualifying, Saturday’s hosts find themselves sat only behind Belgium in the standings and their form in the final third has really started to catch fire.
However, with Belgium landing a 3-1 win when the two nations met back in March and handing Russia their only Group I defeat, you might be interested to know that a similar victory for the Red Devil’s can be found at 21/20 with Coral.
Russia – The European dark horse?
Putting in what is becoming an expected dominant display and picking up a 5-0 win away in Cyprus last month, Russia have continued to build off of their quarter-final finish at last year’s World Cup finals.
Surprising many across Europe and winning each of their previous seven Group I appearances, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men find the mood in their camp the highest it has been in recent memory.
Already booking their ticket for EURO 2020, a huge part of Russia’s continued revival has come down to some stellar displays in the final third.
Now bagging nine goals in just their last two outings, including putting four past Scotland on home soil last month, one man to watch out for this weekend will be the red-hot Artem Dzyuba.
The Zenit striker already has nine qualifying goals to his name and sits only behind Isreal’s Eran Zahavi and England’s Harry Kane in the overall goalscoring charts.
Averaging a strike every 77 minutes, you might be interested to know that Dzyuba is pencilled in at 13/8 with William Hill to extend on his recent purple patch on Saturday.
Is EURO 2020 Belgium’s last chance?
Winning all eight of their Group I appearances and one of just two nations to boast such a record, one-time Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will know that another victory on Saturday will see them be crowned as champions.
With many across Europe believing that this is their golden generations last chance to lift a piece of silverware after landing a bronze medal finish at last year’s World Cup finals, Belgium are already seen as a leading contender to win the title outright next summer.
The Red Devils can be found at 7/1 with Ladbrokes to lift the European title next year, only behind France who are pencilled in 4/1.
There is no doubt that Saturday’s traveling support will be glad to see Romelu Lukaku recalled to Belgium’s squad after having to withdraw from selection last month due to an injury issue.
Already bagging 14 goals for Inter Milan since making the move from Old Trafford over the summer, the 26-year-old can be found at 1/1 with Paddy Power to extend his tally on foreign soil this weekend.