Belgium vs Romania prediction, odds & betting tips – 22/06/2024

Belgium unexpectedly lost their opening match at Euro 2024 and simply must bounce back against Romania on Saturday.

However, Romania put in one of the best performances of matchday one to crush Ukraine 3-0 and will be full of confidence heading into the Belgium game.

Domenico Tedesco needs his big players to perform this weekend but the Belgium defence could be exposed by Romania's exciting attack.

Belgium vs Romania prediction: Will Romania cause another shock?

Key Stats

  • Both teams have scored in five of the last seven head-to-heads between these two nations.
  • Romania have won three of their last five games against Belgium, winning by a single-goal margin on each occasion.
  • Three of Belgium's last six outings have produced over 2.5 goals.
  • Two of Romania's last three matches have produced over 2.5 goals, including the 3-0 win over Ukraine.

Pre-game odds and win probability: Belgium backed by the bookmakers

  • HOME: 1/2 (1.50) – 66.7%
  • DRAW: 37/10 (4.70) – 21.3%
  • AWAY: 13/2 (7.50) – 13.3%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

Belgium are the expected winner of this game with a probability of 66.7%, but Romania put in one of the best performances of the first round and could upset the odds this weekend.

You can find all our predictions for today's games on our football betting tips page.

Last five H2Hs: History favours Romania

Romania have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five games against Belgium, securing a 2-1 victory when the sides last locked horns in 2012.

Euro 2024 22/06/24

Belgium

Belgium

0
Romania

Romania

0

Belgium preview: Underwhelmed against Slovakia

Belgium conceded early on against Slovakia and it cost them dearly as the scoreline ended 1-0 to the underdogs.

Despite having two goals ruled out for offside, Belgium weren't good enough against Slovakia and will have to up their game against a confident Romanian side this weekend.

Jérémy Doku was Belgium's best player against Slovakia but the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Leandro Trossard and Kevin De Bruyne were poor by their high standards.

Predicted lineup: Casteels (GK), Castagne, Faes, Debast, De Bruyne, Mangala, Onana, Lukaku, Trossard, Carrasco & Doku 

Euro 2024 01/07/24

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France

France

1

Belgium

Belgium

0

Euro 2024 26/06/24

D

Ukraine

Ukraine

0

Belgium

Belgium

0

Euro 2024 22/06/24

W

Romania

Romania

0

Belgium

Belgium

2

Euro 2024 17/06/24

L

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Belgium

Belgium

0

International Match 08/06/24

W

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

0

Belgium

Belgium

3

Romania preview: Excellent against Ukraine

Edward Iordănescu will have been delighted by the way his team performed against Ukraine on matchday one.

Romania scored three goals without reply the pick of the bunch coming from captain Nicolae Stanciu who curled the ball into the top left corner from the edge of the penalty area.

With their performance being so good against the Ukraine, Romania will fancy their chances of causing another upset this weekend against Belgium.

Predicted lineup: Niță (GK), Bancu, Burcă, Drăgușin, Rațiu, Stanciu, Marin, Coman, Marin, Man & Drăguș

Euro 2024 02/07/24

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Netherlands

Netherlands

3

Romania

Romania

0

Euro 2024 26/06/24

D

Slovakia

Slovakia

1

Romania

Romania

1

Euro 2024 22/06/24

L

Belgium

Belgium

2

Romania

Romania

0

Euro 2024 17/06/24

W

Ukraine

Ukraine

0

Romania

Romania

3

International Match 07/06/24

D

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

0

Romania

Romania

0

Player to watch – Nicolae Stanciu

Romania's captain plays his club football in Saudi Arabia these days but that had no bearing on his ability to perform at the highest level for his country.

Nicolae Stanciu player to watch
Romania's Nicolae Stanciu celebrates after scoring against the Ukraine – Photo by Icon Sport

The 31-year-old, who has 15 goals in 71 caps for Romania, opened the scoring against Ukraine and set the tone of the afternoon as he and his teammates went on to dominate a game that they were expected to lose.

Will Romania's captain lead them to glory?

Stanciu never made it to any of the top European leagues during his career but did spend a couple of seasons at Belgian side Anderlecht so will be well-known to this weekend's opponents. We're backing the Damac midfielder to impress once again for his country and help guide Romania to a shock victory.

The latest Tweets from each camp

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A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time betting tips writer for a few years. Following that, James joined Football Whispers in December 2020 and has been a permanent fixture ever-since, currently covering the Premier League amongst other things