Roberto Martinez’s side are currently ranked No1 in the FIFA world rankings, but that means they can no longer be considered dark horses to finally land an international trophy – and they will rightly be considered among the favourites at the Euros this summer.
As for Russia, they head into this game as the underdogs, but will be determined not to lose on home soil – and their impressive World Cup quarter-final run back in 2018 proves they should not be underestimated in St Petersburg.
Belgium predicted XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Meunier, Castagne, Dendoncker, Tielemans; E. Hazard, Carrasco; Lukaku
Russia predicted XI: Shuhin; Semyonov, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Zhirkov; Golovin, Miranchuk; Dzbuya
With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow all the action on our LIVE Euros match blog!
Eriksen stretchered off
Christian Eriksen has been stretchered off the pitch and, thankfully, appears to be conscious.
We still do not have any confirmation of his precise medical situation though, so we are keeping Christian in our thoughts and we hope he makes a speedy recovery.
Christian Eriksen collapses
We are truly sorry to bring you this news, but Christian Eriksen received CPR on the pitch after collapsing during his Denmark’s game against Finland in Copenhagen.
Inter Milan player Eriksen dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium shortly before half-time, leaving players from both teams in clear distress.
English referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment.
Team-mates formed a shield around the former Tottenham man, while fans inside the stadium were clearly stunned by the incident, with some pictured in tears.
UEFA has suspended the match, and it seems unlikely that it will resume – and it remains to be seen whether tonight’s game in Russia will go ahead, least of all given Belgium have a few of Eriksen’s former team-mates set to play.
While Belgium may not have De Bruyne to call on, they have plenty of star quality throughout their squad. Even though this game is in Russia, the Red Devils should get off the mark with a win.
Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Meunier, Castagne, Dendoncker, Tielemans; E. Hazard, Carrasco; Lukaku
Russia XI: Shuhin; Semyonov, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Zhirkov; Golovin, Miranchuk; Dzbuya
Russia team news and squad
Russia suffered a blow on Friday as midfielder Andrei Mostovoy tested positive for Covid-19, and was replaced in the squad by defender Roman Yevgenyev.
Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin, Matvei Safonov, Anton Shunin
Defenders: Georgi Dzhikiya, Igor Diveev, Yuri Zhirkov, Vyacheslav Karavaev, Fedor Kudryashov, Andrei Semenov, Mario Fernandes, Roman Yevgenyev
Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Maksim Mukhin, Aleksandr Golovin, Daniil Fomin, Roman Zobnin, Alexei Ionov, Daler Kuzyayev, Magomed Ozdoev, Denis Makarov, Aleksei Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba, Anton Zabolotny, Aleksandr Sobolev
Belgium team news and squad
Belgium are not counting on Kevin De Bruyne being ready for the game.
The midfielder joined the rest of the Belgian squad on Monday at their base in Tubize but was sent straight for more medical tests, after a double facial fracture suffered in the Champions League final.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels
Defenders: Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Thomas Meunier, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Timothy Castagne
Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli, Yannick Carrasco, Youri Tielemans, Thorgan Hazard, Dennis Praet, Hans Vanaken
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Jeremy Doku, Leandro Trossard
How to watch for free
TV channel: The match will be televised on ITV for free, with kick-off at 8pm BST.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online for free via the ITV Hub.
Kick-off time and venue
Tonight’s game kicks off at 8pm BST.
The match will be held at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg, Russia – something of a quirk given Belgium are the designated home team.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight’s Euro 2020 clash between Belgium and Russia!