Belgium vs England : Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

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at 12.00 a.m – Krestovsky Stadium

Belgium 2.20 | Draw 3.60 | England 3.10

 

Date: 15th of July 2018: 12.00 a.m – Fixture: Third Place
Stadium: Krestovskyi Stadium – TV: Fox Sports

Why Should I Bet on Belgium vs England

It is the game no team wanted to be involved in and, given what was on the line, the wind would have come right out of the sails of Belgium and England. Third place playoff games aren’t only tough affairs for those involved but also fans of the teams that have given so much over the tournament.

At the end of the day, it will come down to who can pick themselves up for the match. Belgium’s squad is full of superstars but they may not have the advantage necessarily.

Southgate’s troops have played for their nation and given more than anyone could have asked and should once again arrive looking to make their fans at home proud.

England’s hard-working culture should give them the edge in a fixture that is decided on who has the greater desire. Punters can back the Three Lions to roar to third place with Ladbrokes at 3.10.

Belgium vs England Preview

England would have been a nation plunged into depression after missing the opportunity to reach a World Cup final for the first time in 52 years by beating Croatia. Croatia’s robust approach and niggling antics were enough to condemn England to yet another semi-final loss.

Any potential long-term sadness in England will quickly evaporate as the team and nation look back proudly on a wonderful campaign full of heart and desire. Those same characteristics should be the difference in the third-place play-off.

Martinez’ men can also be proud of what they’ve done at Russia so far. Sadly, their golden generation were unable to deliver and any England fan will know how that feels.

When it mattered, the big Belgian names were not there to be counted. With one eye on an overdue summer holiday, Belgium’s superstars won’t be as committed and England should pounce to win the game.

Belgium vs England Score Prediction

Third-place play-offs have the potential to produce goals given the weight of expectation is off. The intensity isn’t quite there and mistakes often creep into a high-tempo game. Bet365 has an England 3-2 win at 26.00 and that looks great value.

Over/Under Prediction

Ever since 2006, the third-place play-off games have seen more than two goals scored. In two of the matches, 2006 and 2010, more than three goals were scored. Over 2.5 with Crownbet at 1.58 looks a certainty and good value.

Both Teams To Score Prediction

Over the last 12 years, only once did both teams not score; that was in 2014 when the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0. Both teams to score looks likely here and can be backed at odds of 1.5 with Betstar.

Match Odds

Statistics

  • England have scored nine goals from set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by any team in a single World Cup tournament since 1966
  • Harry Maguire to score anytime is 9.00 with William Hill
  • Harry Maguire has won more aerial duels than any other defender at the 2018 World Cup
  • If Lukaku scores a hat-trick and Harry Kane doesn’t score the Belgian will clinch the Golden Boot
  • Harry Kane is the leading goalscorer at the World Cup with six goals so far


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