England vs Belgium Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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England vs Belgium Predictions
The fixtures fell quite kindly for both Belgium and England with the Group G duo playing their easiest opponents at the beginning of the tournament which helped to ensure their qualification for the knock-out stages of the competition. Neither side have been perfect in Russia but they’ve both shown enough to suggest they will progress deep into the tournament. The pressure is off for these teams, although bragging rights are up for grabs alongside the possibility of topping the table. Sweltering conditions are likely in Kaliningrad and this game could be played at a relatively slow pace. Previous meetings suggest that there shouldn’t be much between these two sides and a draw looks likely at 3.10 with 888sport.
England vs Belgium Preview
England fans are excited by their young team and Gareth Southgate’s side have been playing some excellent stuff at this tournament so far. They have conceded a couple of sloppy goals but they’ve looked excellent going forward and have deservedly hit eight goals so far. They will fancy their chances of finishing top of Group G and they could lay down a marker for the rest of the tournament. They could make a couple of changes for this tie with Marcus Rashford and Fabian Delph pushing for starts, whilst Dele Alli could return from a groin problem. They will have to be at their best defensively with Romelu Lukaku in excellent form and they’ll be hunting for their first clean sheet in Russia.
Belgium have been excellent so far and have also scored eight goals at the tournament. They were slow-starters against Panama but they were much quicker out of the blocks against Tunisia on June 23rd. Roberto Martinez’s side conceded two sloppy goals against their North African opponents and they will need to be much tighter at the back here. Romelu Lukaku is now joint top goalscorer for Belgium in the competition alongside former manager Marc Wilmots and the Manchester United striker has been priced up at 5.25 to score the first goal of the game with 888sport.
These two sides are amongst the highest scorers at the tournament so far and that could result in a high-scoring game, however, both teams will want to conserve energy for the knock-out round. The sweltering conditions in Kaliningrad may also cause this game to get off to a slow and ponderous start. Previous meetings suggest that there won’t be much between these sides and Under 2.5 Goals looks a likely outcome. It can be backed at 1.70 with William Hill.
England vs Belgium Correct Score Prediction
England and Belgium have identical goal difference and they play in an extremely similar manner. They have a number of talented individuals with a natural goalscorer spearheading the side. Neither team has been properly tested in the tournament yet and this could be a tight and cagey match. They won’t want to expend too much energy although keeping the momentum going will be key. A 1-1 draw looks a likely outcome for this match and it can be backed at 5.41 with Intertops.
England vs Belgium Odds
Group G Standings
England and Belgium have already assured themselves a place in the next round and both sit on six points. Tunisia and Panama are heading home after failing to register anything so far. The leading pair cannot be separated on goal difference.
- Both England and Belgium have identical goal difference coming into this tie – scoring eight times and conceding just two
- Their last meeting at the World Cup was in 1990 with the game ending 0-0
- England are undefeated in all competitions since June 2017 when they lost to France
- Harry Kane has netted in every single game in which he has captained England. He is 2.38 with 888sport to score anytime
- Belgium have managed to keep five clean sheets in the last seven matches in all competitions
- Romelu Lukaku has now netted a total of five World Cup goals and is joint highest scorer of all-time in the competition for Belgium
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