England vs Belgium Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
With Panama and Tunisia likely to struggle in Group G, this game looks set to determine who will finish top. Both sides will be hoping to pick up three points from this match and earn themselves a slightly easier round of 16 encounter. Belgium have plenty of firepower and were ruthless during qualifying but they may find it difficult to break down the English back-line. Gareth Southgate has helped make England more dynamic but questions remain over whether they are strong enough in midfield. The Three Lions will be looking to Dele Alli to create chances for the impressive Harry Kane.
Head to Head
These two sides are familiar foes, although they haven’t met in a competitive clash since 1990. That fixture took place at Italia ’90 where David Platt’s extra-time strike was enough to send England through. Nat Lofthouse netted twice when these sides met in the 1954 World Cup, playing out a hugely entertaining 4-4 draw and they also faced one another in the 1980 European Championships with the game ending in yet another stalemate.
England 1-0 Belgium – 02/06/2012
England 2-1 Belgium – 09/10/1999
Belgium 0-0 England – 28/05/1998
England 1-0 Belgium AET – 26/06/1990
Dele Alli – Alli is expected to link up with teammate Harry Kane on a regular basis and he will be key to England’s chances of progress. He has superb vision and can take advantage of Belgium’s ponderous defence. He buzzes around the pitch and is always heavily involved.
Romelu Lukaku – The Manchester United striker has been scoring plenty of goals in qualifying and during the warm-up fixtures and his return to fitness will be key to Roberto Martinez’s side. He can outmuscle the England defence and is likely to use his physicality throughout the 90 minutes.
at 01.00 p.m Kiliningrad Stadium