Belgium vs Russia Betting Pick
Belgium was one of the dark horses coming into the World Cup and was big betting favorites to win Group H, but while they won their group opener it was not an impressive win coming from behind to beat Algeria 2-1. They are the favorite to beat a Russia side that was a little lucky to escape their group opener against South Korea with a 1-1 draw.
Belgium is the World Cup betting favorite in this match at Bovada with odds posted at +101 with Russia at +315 and a draw line of +241.
Russia is a squad with a good defense and a solid midfield, but not a dynamic attack. Their offense was thwarted in the South Korea match, but would have secured three points if not for the big blunder by GK Igor Akinfeev that gave the Asian nation a goal.
Belgium looked out of tune in the first half facing Algeria, but they came on in the second half to play better, especially in the midfield, to score two goals and win. Kevin De Bruyn was key in both of the Belgium goals and the Russians have to mark him and keep him from creating scoring chances.
Belgium must have good ball movement and a solid passing match facing a physical Russian side that had 15 fouls and 20 tackles in the South Korea draw.
Striker Alexander Kerzhakov and FW/MF Aleksandr Kokorin are the key players the Belgium defense must key on and they also have to be wary of the counter-attack, which may be the best chance for Russia to score.
Belgium’s key striker in Romelu Lukaku was shut out in the group opener and Russia has to make that happen again.
Russia will paly good defense, but Belgium is too strong all around the pitch and they will win a low scoring match.