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Belgium v Romania Prediction, Tips and Odds: Redemption for Lukaku

Group E delivered a couple of early shocks but Belgium will be looking to restore some order when they take on Romania in Cologne in Saturday's late kick-off.

The Belgians approached the tournament on a 15-game unbeaten run but suffered a 1-0 loss to unfancied Slovakia, leaving them with plenty of work to do to reach the round of 16.

Romania have not reached the European Championship knockout rounds since Euro 2000 but they got off to a flying start by defeating Ukraine 3-0 in Munich.

However, Edward Iordanescu’s side will have to upset the odds once again if they are to move onto six points from two matches.

Belgium are warm 9/20 favourites for the victory, with the draw available at 7/2 and Romania ranked 6/1 shots to seal another surprise success.

Belgium v Romania Betting

Belgium v Romania betting tips and predictions

Belgium and over 2.5 goals - 6/5

Belgium’s backs are against the wall after their loss to Slovakia but they can show some resilience and spirit by responding with a high-scoring victory over Romania.

After bowing out at the group stage at the 2022 World Cup, Belgium will be desperate to avoid the same fate at Euro 2024.

They have gone three games without scoring at major tournaments which is remarkable because they excelled in Euro 2024 qualifying, taking 20 points from a possible 24 and scoring 22 goals in the process.

Domenico Tedesco’s side were not at their best against the Slovaks but they could still count themselves unfortunate to have lost.

They won the shot count 16 to 10 and had two Romelu Lukaku goals ruled out - the first for a marginal off-side and the second as a consequence of a contentious VAR decision.

Belgium would hope to raise their game in Cologne and that would make them a tough proposition for Romania to handle.

The Romanians qualified impressively - finishing five points ahead of Switzerland - and were largely mistake-free in Monday’s superb 3-0 victory over Ukraine.

They counter-attacked impressively against Ukraine and may be capable of exposing a high Belgian defensive line.

However, they will be asked to do a lot more defending than was the case against Ukraine and are likely to come up short in an entertaining clash.

Romelu Lukaku to score anytime - 1/1

Romelu Lukaku had two goals chalked off against Slovakia but he can officially open his Euro 2024 account by scoring against Romania.

The 31-year-old was the top scorer in qualifying with 14 goals and has a superb international scoring record, bagging 85 goals in 116 matches.

He continues to receive superb service from ace assister Kevin De Bruyne and looks a solid wager to contribute in Cologne.

Razvan Marin to be carded - 15/4

Romania midfielder Razvan Marin had an eventful game against Ukraine, scoring the crucial second goal and picking up his team’s only yellow card of the contest.

The Empoli player is 10/1 to find the net against Belgium but he seems more likely to receive a second caution which would rule him out of his team’s third match against Slovakia.

Marin was fairly disciplined for his club this season, collecting only three yellow cards in 30 Serie A appearances.

However, he tends to be much more combative in international matches and committed the largest number of fouls among Romanian ranks during their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

Marin is likely to be typically competitive against the Belgians and he looks an overpriced 15/4 wager to enter Polish referee Szymon Marciniak’s notebook.

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Belgium v Romania odds

Belgium - 9/20
Draw -
7/2
Romania -
6/1

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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