One of the highlight ties in the last-16 round of Euro 2020 will take place on Sunday evening as Belgium will face Portugal, who have a perfect record at this summer’s competition. Portugal finished third in Group F behind France and Germany and Belgium qualified for the knockout phase with ease after winning all three of their Group B games. Here is all you need to know about Belgium vs Portugal prediction and lineup for Euro 2020 last-16 match.
Belgium lineup: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, T Hazard; E Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne
Dedryck Boyata and Jason Denayer will compete to complete Belgium’s back three on Sunday.
Dries Mertens could be benched against Portugal unless Axel Witsel is ruled out and Kevin De Bruyne is required in a deeper role.
Thorgan Hazard and Yannick Carrasco are vying for a starting spot at the left wing-back.
Portugal lineup: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Sanches; Bernardo, Ronaldo, Jota
On Wednesday, Fernando Santos took a risk by benching Bruno Fernandes against France, and it paid off handsomely. In this match, the Manchester United star is expected to play only a limited role.
Danilo Pereira will need to be evaluated after taking a hefty knock to the face against France. Joao Moutinho and Renato Sanches appear to have done enough to preserve their spots in the starting lineup for Sunday’s match.
Nelson Semedo’s presence is in doubt after he was injured against France. Joao Cancelo pulled out before the tournament due to COVID and due to injury Ricardo Pereira unable to make the squad but Diogo Dalot could start for Portugal.
Belgium vs Portugal Prediction
Belgium won all three of their group matches in Euro 2020. Portugal drew 2-2 with France and ended third in Group F in the previous match.
At the Euro 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku will compete for the Golden Boot award, bringing their Serie A rivalry with them. Ronaldo has a two-goal advantage.
This is a very tough game to predict because it is truly a coin flip. Both teams will believe they have the ability to hurt the other in the final third of the field, making for an exciting match in Seville.
We’re having trouble separating the two teams throughout 90 minutes, let alone extra time, therefore we’ve decided on Portugal moving to the quarter-finals courtesy of a penalty shootout victory.
Our Prediction: Belgium 1-1 Portugal (Portugal win on penalties)