Our prediction for this match:
Belgium and Portugal, the two star-studded teams, face each other at Stade Roi Baudouin. The Red Devils outclassed Saudi Arabia in a March friendly and they will be aiming to build on the triumph when they face Portugal in Brussels. Roberto Martinez’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that key attacker Romelu Lukaku has overcome his injury, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Portugal, on the hand, are likely to rely on Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday’s football match as he is enjoying yet another season to remember. CR7, though, can’t beat Belgium by himself and seeing that Roberto Martinez has the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens in his squad, home win should be considered. When the two teams met in a friendly two years ago Portugal emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Eden Hazard):
After impressing during his six-year spell with Lille (2007-2012), Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea in June, 2012. The Belgian midfielder helped the Blues win the Premier League trophy in the 2014/2015 campaign and it has to be noted that he was named the Premier League Player of the Year back then.
Eden Hazard made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals with Belgium, but Argentina proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils in the last eight of the showpiece tournament in Brazil. Hazard scored one goal for Belgium at the Euro 2016 finals, while providing four assists for his teammates and no doubt he was the key player for Marc Wilmots’ team at the tournament in France.
Eden was born on 7 January, 1991 in La Louviere, Belgium and it is well known that his brother Thorgan Hazard is a professional football player as well. Eden Hazard is married to Natacha Van Honacker, who gave birth to their three children.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires.
Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.