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European Championship Round of 16
Jun 27, 2021 KO: 19:00

Belgium - Portugal

Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla Sevilla
Referee: Felix Brych
Hazard 42'  

Match preview

Ronaldo to start but Fernandes dropped? How Belgium and Portugal could line up

Fernando Santos may be forced to drop Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes for his side's clash with Belgium on Sunday

Portugal will have to be at their very best on Sunday if they are to get beyond a Belgium team that have a dogged determination to win Euro 2020.

For manager Fernando Santos that will undoubtedly mean a return to more conservative tactics and perhaps some unpopular selection decisions.

Indeed the Portugal manager is likely to stick with the same back line that earned his team a point against World Cup winners France, with the minor change of Diogo Dalot coming in for the injured Nelson Semedo.

However, it will be in midfield that Santos will need to make a huge call. Bruno Fernandes is undoubtedly one of Portugal’s best players, but his creative, cavalier approach to the game often leaves his team exposed and as such the European champions may opt for a midfield trio of Danilo Pereira, Joao Moutinho and Renato Sanches instead.

Up front, we’re likely to see Portugal stick with Diogo Jota on the left, Bernardo Silva on the right and Cristiano Ronaldo through the middle as the team’s main goal threat.

For the Belgians, things are far more straightforward. Robert Martinez is likely to bring back a number of star players, that were afforded the opportunity to sit out the nation’s final group game against Finland.

That will likely mean a return in defence for Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who will make up the back three with Dedryck Boyata. Similarly, Thomas Meunier should return to his normal position of right wing-back.

Elsewhere, Leicester City midfield maestro Youri Tielemans is likely to return to midfield, which will allow Kevin de Bruyne to push up into a more advanced position to support Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in attack.

How Belgium and Portugal could line up

Belgium vs Away team - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
7.9
  Home  
7.3
7.0
  Away  
7.3
7.5
  Total  
7.3

Match statistics

Belgium
Statistics
Portugal
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
16
12
Draws
3
5
Losses
1
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
61
48
Goals Per Game
3.05
2.40
More > 2.5 Goals
12
13
More > 3 Goals
7
9
Scored First in a Match
14
12
Scored Both Halves
11
11
Won More > 1 Goal
12
10
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
14
15
Did Not Score
0
4
Both Teams Scored
12
7
Kept Clean Sheet
8
12
Won Without Conceding
8
9
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
827
776
Possession
62
58
Passes
669
592
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
18
Shots on Target
6.63
7.69
Goals out of Shots
0.26
0.14
Crosses
14
21
Offsides
2.38
2.77
Penalties
0.20
0.25
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.60
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
11
12
Interceptions
8.31
10.00
Own Goals
0.05
0.10
Aerials Won
12
12
Total Shots Conceded
8.73
7.75
Shots on Target Conceded
2.50
3.36
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
11
Yellow Cards
0.90
0.95
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

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