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Belgium: Will the Red Devils meet the expectations this time?

Group B of Euro 2020/21 is composed of Belgium, Russia, Denmark and Finland. The Belgian team is the favourite of winning not only the group, but potentially the entire tournament. Will Belgium handle the pressure? Who could surprise them, and who is the hidden favourite? Below our experts share their opinions, betting tips and info about the odds.

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Group B Summary

Beforehand, this group was a quite close affair, but with one thing set in stone - Belgium to win it. Said and done, Roberto Martinez led his team filled with superstars to 9 points and a group win. There was never much doubt, but even when there was an ounce of it against Denmark, then Kevin De Bruyne entered the pitch and blew it away.

The big underdog of the group, Finland, got off to a flying start with a 1-0 win against Denmark in their opening match, but failed to win any more points, and as such were left hoping three points would be enough - it was not. Russia ended last in the group, after managing three points against Finland, but getting outplayed in their two other matches. At the end of it all, Belgium and Denmark will move on to the knockout phase, and while not a surprising result in itself, Group B certainly delivered dramatic moments to reach that conclusion.

The Highlight

No, not Belgium despite their 9 points. The highlight of Group B was without a doubt Denmark! Suffering from the tragic incident around Christian Eriksen in the first match, this team led by Kasper Hjulmand were counted out and hopes of advancing more or less gone. The way Denmark came back in their third and final match to beat Russia, 4-1, and get a surprising pass to the EURO 2020 playoffs, was something out of the ordinary.

The truth is also that Denmark deserved so much more already. They dominated against Finland and on a normal day they would have won by several goals. Against Belgium they were also the better team, and when they now have secured a playoff spot, they might become extremely deadly. Wales is up next, and with the momentum of the team we expect them to take yet another step forward.

The Disappointment

Russia has to be the pick here, as more could have been expected by a team who impressed so much at the 2018 World Cup. While it’s not a massive surprise to see the team of Stanislav Cherchesov finish last in the group, which we already warned for beforehand, a -5 goal differential is still ugly. The team never got anything working properly, and they will leave the tournament with a big disappointment. While Finland didn’t make the playoffs either, they already achieved more than anyone could have asked for, even keeping the playoff dream alive until other matches decided their fate.

Group B Euro 2020/2021 Overview

We continue our analysis of the Euro 2020/21 group stage to find out what teams are most likely to make the playoffs, and what betting opportunities they can produce.

This time we have a look at Group B that could prove to be very interesting and reserve some surprises. So let's go and examine each team and what they have to offer.

The Red Devils will undoubtedly be the favourites of most predictions. Third in the last FIFA World Cup, Roberto Martinez's men seem more than capable of overcoming the hostility of the Russian and Danish audiences (matches in Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg), with immense experience but especially through their exceptional talent all over the pitch. From Eden Hazard to Kévin De Bruyne, via Romelu Lukaku or even Youri Tielemans. Some of the best players on the planet are indeed filling the Belgian ranks and that should allow the finalist nation from 1980 to take first place in this race. Besides Belgium, we clearly see Russia taking second place, unless Denmark manages to surprise with the help of their home crowd.

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There seems to be no doubt about Belgium's advancement in Euro 2020/2021. Second place should be a matter between Denmark and Russia, with the Red Dynamite as a slight favourite. Finland, therefore, has the task of blowing up the expectations that seem to have already been written. A prediction that seems shared by all bookmakers, who already offer the ability to bet on the outcome of the competition, group winners and many other interesting odds markets.

Belgium is the clear favourite to win the group. The Red Devils have been waiting for the definitive explosion for years now, but without ever being able to fully honour the expectations. Will the Red Devils pull through this time?

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