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Belgium v Portugal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

18:01 EAT 31/05/2018
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Without Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad we are backing the European champions to struggle when they visit a talented Belgium side this weekend

Portugal's penultimate friendly match before the start of the World Cup sees them travel to Brussels to face one of the most fancied sides at the tournament. 

While Portugal had a 2-2 friendly draw with Tunisia on Monday evening, this will be Belgium's first game since March and an opportunity for Roberto Martinez to try out his 23-man squad.

Latest odds 

Belgium are unbeaten in their last 16 matches and bet365 offer the Red Devils at a healthy looking 19/20 (1.95) to record a win on Saturday evening.

Portugal for their part are priced at 10/3 (4.33) and the European champions have only won one of their last four friendlies, with that victory coming thanks to two injury two goals in the 2-1 success over Egypt in March. The draw meanwhile is priced at 23/10 (3.30)

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Team news

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be absent from the Portugal squad with the Real Madrid forward enjoying some time off having helped his side to Champions League success last weekend. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will join up with the squad next week.

The most notable absentee from Martinez's Belgium squad is Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan who has been omitted from the World Cup squad by the Spanish manager.


The hosts are an excellent side and are rightly favourites for the game, especially given that Portugal are missing Ronaldo. Without their captain, Fernando Santos' side were underwhelming on Monday against Tunisia and defensively they looked far from convincing.

Belgium have more than enough firepower to cause the European champions plenty of problems, with the form of Romelu Lukaku particularly eye-catching. The Manchester United forward has scored in each of his last six appearances for his country netting a total of 11 goals in the process.

Tips and predictions

Lukaku is available at 9/2 (5.50) to open the scoring and at 8/5 (2.60) to score at anytime which looks appealing given his form.

The best bet though, is simply banking on a home win, while for a value bet backing Belgium to win and both teams to score at 15/4 (4.75) seems an attractive option. 

Belgium to win at 19/20 (1.95) with bet365 for a 2.5pt stake