Three years ago, the Russians hosted the World Cup in 2018. The host team was a younger side that capitalized on the energy and frustrated many sides who were more technically- and tactically skilled. Russia will not change their strategy at Euro 2020. However, their results seem to have changed from the World Cup run three year ago. They are not in their best form after being beaten 5-0 by Serbia in the Nations League last month.
Is it possible to bring out the best of the physical and pesky Russian side by playing at home? This is the hope of a Stanislav Cherchesov-led manager. This tournament is not easy for Cherchesov to start. He has to face a highly skilled Belgium team. However, it’s a great way to get started. Continue reading below the odds for more insight, tactical analysis and a preview of the betting. Enjoy!
Russia will likely be very defensive against more skilled sides like Belgium. They will likely line up in a cautious 5-3-1-1-1 formation, hoping to find a long-ball or counter-attack to win. They don’t have a long-term path to success and it is somewhat surprising considering their good pieces.
Cherchesov isn’t letting his best players shine. Instead, he has forced some talented players to take on roles they weren’t used to. Russia’s captain Artem Dzyuba (6’6″) will be the top player. Let’s hope a long ball or cross, or set piece lands in his head and into the net.
Belgium should welcome the Russians’ new line-up. Roberto Martinez’s Belgium team is deep and talented, despite some problems at the back. They are most at ease when they’re playing with the ball and should be able to see plenty of it in their first match against the Russians. However, Russia’s failure to beat them could be problematic, as Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard are unlikely to play Saturday.Last Updated on October 2, 2021