Belgium Under-20 v Portugal U-20 (Toulon Tournament)
BELGIUM go into the game downhearted after kicking off with a narrow defeat to powerhouses Brazil.
In a game of two halves they more than matched the Brazilians for 40 minutes but were clear second best for the remainder of the game.
Belgium U-20s are a big and powerful side but do possess good craft and a decent passing ability. They were undone by the running play of Brazil and both full-backs were struggling.
Belgium have only made the tournament twice and have a best of beaten semi-finalists. Players to look out for are Paul Jose M’poku of Standard Liege, a strong central midfielder, and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco of Monaco who is a hot prospect.
Portugal U-20s had a free game as the groups are made up of five teams. A traditional European powerhouse at this level Portugal go into the tournament as one of the favourites.
They have contested this final five times with two victories so know how to get results here. Key players for Portugal will be central midfielder Joao Mario Eduardo who is already a regular at Sporting Lisbon. Attacking threat will come from winger Ricardo Esgaio who has had a tremendous season at Sporting B with 17 goals in 27 matches and striker Aladje who plays in Italy.
This should be a close match but I am siding with Portugal. A traditionally good side who have players even at this age in the top division of Portugal, most of the other squad members are with one of the big sides B teams who are now playing in league 2 of Portugal also so good exposure for these players.
These games are only over 80 minutes and it's difficult to get a range of prices as bookmakers are usually wary to offer these games. Bet365 are best price Portugal at 2.50 and it does seem value, quotes of 2.20 are available elsewhere.
Portugal 2.50 Bet365