England vs Belgium

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  • England haven’t gotten maximum points in a World Cup group stage since 1982
  • Both teams have won their last four matches
  • If the match ends in a draw, the group winner will be decided by the FIFA fair play system

Our expectations: An exciting game of open and attacking football

Our verdict: England are playing their best World Cup football for many years, but this will be the first big test for England’s youthful team. Both teams are likely to make changes and we predict an entertaining score draw in Kaliningrad


England Vs Belgium Odds

England v Belgium Betting Tips

One thing to keep in mind is that both sides are expected to rest their key players, so don’t be so quick to place bets involving these players. However, you can take advantage of this and place a bet on one of the expected replacements.

For example, Harry Kane is likely to be rested for this match. Subsequently, a bet on Marcus Rashford scoring a goal could be a good option. Likewise, Romelu Lukaku will probably start on the bench, so a bet on Michy Batshuayi finding the net might be worth considering.

Considering both teams’ scoring exploits, you can expect goals in this match. When you consider that both teams haven’t looked completely comfortable at the back so far, this seems all the more likely. Belgium particularly leave gaps on the wings and England’s pacey forwards can certainly exploit this.

Bets/Odds

The betting markets currently have England down as slight favourites to win the match.

You can get odds of 7/4 on an England victory at Bethard. As for the Belgium victory, you can get odds of 2/1 at Comeon casino.

A draw is the result with the most favourable odds at the bookies. Considering we predict that the game will finish all square, this is a bet definitely worth considering. Odds of 43/20 are available at Comeon casino.

If you are looking to make some good money and are willing to take a bit of a risk, a bet on the correct scoreline is a great option for this match. A bet on a 1-1 draw or 2-2 draw will get you some good odds.

Here is a selection of bets we particularly like the look of:

  • Marcus Rashford to score is 11/4 at 888 Sport. It is likely that the Man Utd man will start the match and he is in good form.
  • 2-2 draw is 13/1 at Mobilebet. A high-scoring draw is definitely possible.
  • Belgium to win from behind is 8/1 at Bethard. Belgium have been particularly impressive in the latter stages of their matches so far.
  • Michy Batshuayi to score the first or last goal is 7/1 at Mansion. Batshuayi scored in the previous game and is expected to start against England in place of Lukaku who picked up a knock against Tunisia.

Head To Head England V Belgium

England have faced their European counterparts, Belgium, three times in major competitions. Way back in the 1954 World Cup, the teams played out a 4-4 draw in Switzerland. Legendary English striker Nat Lofthouse scored twice in this match.

In the 1980 European championships the teams drew again, this time 1-1, after Belgium cancelled out a Ray Wilkins opener.

The most recent major tournament encounter was at the 1990 World Cup and this is probably the most remembered clash between the two sides.

The quarter-final match was 0-0 in extra time and looked to be heading for a penalty shootout before a chipped Paul Gascoigne free kick was met by David Platt who swivelled and fired a volley into the top corner giving England a 1-0 victory.

England’s Last Five Matches:

  • England 6-1 Panama
  • Tunisia 1-2 England
  • England 2-0 Costa Rica
  • England 2-1 Nigeria
  • England 1-1 Italy

Belgium’s Last Five Matches:

  • Belgium 5-2 Tunisia
  • Belgium 3-0 Panama
  • Belgium 4-1 Costa Rica
  • Belgium 3-0 Egypt
  • Belgium 0-0 Portugal

England V Belgium World Cup 2018

This is the Group G winner decider. Both teams head into the match with two wins from two matches at the World Cup so far.

Belgium beat Panama 3-0 after a shaky start in their opening game and defeated Tunisia comfortably 5-2 in their second match.

Meanwhile, England picked up a dramatic last minute 2-1 win in their first match against Tunisia and romped to a 6-1 victory against Panama.

England and Belgium have the same goal difference and have scored the same amount of goals. If the match ends in a draw, the teams’ final group position will be decided by the FIFA fair play rule. This means that the team with the fewest yellow and red cards will top the Group G table.

Biggest Challenges

The biggest challenge for both sides at the World Cup so far looks set to be an exciting encounter. Both teams have been banging in the goals and we expect an open game of football in Kaliningrad. That top spot in the group is up for grabs, so expect a competitive contest.

There will be changes made by both sides for this match and those players will be striving to perform well hoping to secure a starting place in the knockout stages.

Both teams have looked a little shaky in defence so far and it will be interesting to see how both defences hold up against top quality attacks. This match will be a good indicator of where both teams truly stand.

The outcome of this match will largely depend upon the midfield battle considering both teams like to keep possession.

England Team News

  • Harry Kane became only the third England player along with Sir Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a hat-trick at a World Cup after his three goals against Panama

Gareth Southgate will be making changes in this match; the question is really how many. With England already through, this is a chance for Southgate to rotate his squad and give players some game time.

Dele Alli is likely to start after he missed the Panama game due to an injury picked up in the Tunisia match. Kieran Trippier may not be risked after he suffered a knock in the Panama match.

It remains to be seen whether England’s star man, Harry Kane, will play. Considering he has his eyes on winning the Golden Boot, we expect Kane to start in the match.

Likely England Lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
  • Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose
  • Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Ruben Loftus Cheek
  • Forwards: Harry Kane Marcus Rashford

Belgium Team News

  • A Belgium victory will mean two consecutive World Cups of maximum group points

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has suggested that he may make up to 10 changes for this match. Clearly Martinez wants to give his star men some rest and allow others to enjoy some World Cup action.

Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Thomas Meunier are all one booking away from suspension and are extremely unlikely to play in this match.

Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku both picked up slight injuries in the match against Tunisia and are both unlikely to feature in the match.  Captain Vincent Kompany looks set to make his first appearance at the World Cup as he makes his return from a groin injury.

Likely Belgium Lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
  • Defenders: Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Dedryck Boyata
  • Midfielders: Alex Witsel, Nacer Chadli, Leander Dendoncker, Youri Tielemans, Mousa Dembele
  • Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Thorgan Hazard

The stage looks set for a great match to finish off Group G. An open and expansive game of football is to be expected and with both teams already through, expect a few risks to be taken by both sides.

England vs Belgium World Cup 2018: The Basics

The World Cup 2018 kicks off in just over a month, and with it, it carries the dreams of many hopeful England fans. Being English and being a football fan can often feel very bittersweet. Whilst England always seem to be a strong side in the run up to international competitions, they also have a very turbulent history on the world stage.

This series of posts, in general, serves to provide you with all the information you need to make smart, informed bets this World Cup. As well as looking at each team and star players individually, we’re also looking at all of the group stage matches and which teams have the best chances of winning them.

On the 28th June, England and Belgium will both play their third and final matches of the group stages, against each other. The game will take place in the Kaliningrad Stadium, and it’s surely going to be an emotional and tense match. Read on for all the information you need to know about this match before placing a wager, including insights into how each team may perform and what odds the bookies are currently offering.

England vs Belgium World Cup 2018: Date and Time

England and Belgium will play their group stage match against each other in the World Cup 2018 at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Oktyabrsky Island. The venue, which is called the Arena Baltika has a capacity of 35,212 spectators, and it will be the location of three other group stage matches during the competition.

England vs Belgium will be played on Thursday the 28th of June, and will kick off at 20:00 PM (CET).

By the time this match is played, both teams will have already played two matches each in the tournament. This makes this match the final chance for both teams to bag a win in the group stages, although fans of both sides will be hoping that their team will have already performed well enough to be through to the Round of 16.

England vs Belgium: Group G Odds to Advance

England and Belgium belong to Group G in this year’s World Cup, along with Tunisia and Panama. The group has been deemed an interesting one to watch closely, not just because it contains England (the only British team to qualify for this year’s World Cup), but because we cannot yet rule out a surprisingly strong performance from Tunisia or Panama.

As it stands, however, Belgium are the firm favourites to advance from this group. They will be travelling to Russia with a very talented squad and are expected to sail through to the Round of 16. Similarly, England are the second favourites to advance from this group and will be taking one of the most promising squads they’ve had in years to Russia.

As both teams are expected to advance from the group, the match we’re discussing will hopefully be a simple competition for first place in the group, with both teams already assured that they will be advancing. That being said, it will be vital for both teams to both score goals and concede as few as possible, as by this stage, goal difference could be the deciding factor between a place in the Round of 16 and elimination.

England vs Belgium Winner Betting Odds

At the moment, the betting odds on Belgium vs England show that Belgium are the favourites to win:

  • Belgium to win: 8/5
  • England to win: 2/1
  • Draw: 12/5

Whilst the bookmakers are generally certain that Belgium will win this match, the odds are very close on both teams to win. This means that there is a value in backing either team, however if you are an England fan you do need to remember to leave your emotions and bias out of it! That being said, this is easier said than done, and with short odds we don’t actually think it would be too damaging to your bankroll to take a punt on this match as a show of support.

England vs Belgium: Recent Team Statistics

If you are contemplating placing a wager on this match, then looking at both teams’ current form and recent performances is important. If you decide to place your wager closer to match day, however, we’d also advise taking the results of the other group stage matches into consideration.

England

  • In their qualifying group stage, England won eight out of the ten games they played (80%), and drew the other two. This means that they remained undefeated through the qualifying stages, which assured their progression through to the group stages of the competition.
  • Within the ten qualifying games, England scored a total of 18 goals, conceded 3, and had 1 goalless match.
  • The odds on England winning the World Cup 2018 stand at around 16/1.

Belgium

  • In their qualifying group stages, Belgium won nine out of the ten games they played (90%), and drew the other one. This means that they, like England, remained undefeated throughout the qualifying stages, and sailed straight through the group stages of the competition.
  • Within the ten qualifying matches played, Belgium scored a whopping total of 49 goals and conceded just 6.
  • The odds on Belgium winning the World Cup 2018 stand at around 10/1.