Finland v Belgium betting tips: Pressure on Finns in final Group B game
Belgium became the second team to qualify for the knockout stage with a 2-1 comeback win against Denmark to give them maximum points from two games and they are 1/3 to beat Finland.
The Finns still have an excellent chance of making it to the last 16 on their debut at a major tournament but equally they could finish bottom of the group should they lose and Denmark beat Russia.
Red Devils coach Roberto Martinez may decide to give some of his fringe players the chance to shine in St Petersburg now a place in the knockout stage has been assured, so we’ve highlighted some of the markets and odds in Monday’s Finland v Belgium betting tips.
Belgium may be hot favourites to finish Group B with a 100% record but they have not beaten Finland in 53 years.
The Finns are hardly fancied to pull off an upset at 10/1 but they have won four and drawn three of the last seven meetings, the last of which was a 1-1 stalemate in a warm-up for Euro 2016.
The good news for Finland is that Martinez may decide to give run-outs to those who have not seen much game time but the bad news is that could mean starts for Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel.
De Bruyne, playing in his first game game since undergoing a small operation to repair a double fracture to his nose and eye socket sustained in the Champions League final, was sensational as a half-time replacement for Dries Mertens, setting up Thorgan Hazard’s equaliser and sealing the win with a low, powerful left-footed drive from just outside the area.
However, Belgium have scored and conceded in 11 of their last 15 games and they are available at 13/5 to win by that method.
Martinez deployed his usual 3-4-2-1 formation against Denmark but he will be hoping for a better start from centre-back Jason Denayer, if selected, after his sloppy pass allowed the hosts to grab an early goal in Copenhagen.
Finland have played 5-3-2 in both matches so head coach Markku Kanerva has put a firm emphasis on defence and a draw looks to be their best hope if he persists with this system.
Belgium may rest some of their star players like Romelu Lukaku now a place in the last 16 is assured, so the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Christian Benteke could get a chance to shine.
Brighton’s Leandro Trossard scored twice in an 8-0 win against Belarus in a World Cup qualifier but has not played a single minute at Euro 2020 and can be backed at 14/5 to score or 13/2 to land the first blow.
Where: St Petersburg Stadium
When: 20:00, Monday 21st June
How to watch: BBC 1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication