Belgium vs England Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: Belgium 2-0 England
The Final’s Match – France vs Croatia.
14th July 2018 – 15:00 GMT
Belgium vs England Predictions
Third place at the 2018 World Cup is up for grabs on Saturday afternoon as Belgium face England for the second time at the tournament. Both of these teams will be disappointed to have to been eliminated at the semi-final stage and they may make changes for this game. Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez both opted for heavily-rotated sides during their final Group G contest and a number of fringe-players may be given a run out here. Belgium won that match 1-0 and they should be able to secure victory once again. The Three Lions went out in extra-time on Wednesday night, playing a further 30 minutes and a day later and it could be a struggle here. They were visibly disappointed to have been eliminated, especially having taken the lead and Belgium should be able to take advantage of their crestfallen opposition. They are priced up as the 6/5 favourites with Bet365 for this clash and that looks fair enough.
Belgium vs England Preview
Belgium were very impressive during the knock-out rounds, beating Japan and Brazil en-route to the semi-final. They suffered their first defeat since September 2016 against France and they are unlikely to be beaten in consecutive contests. Roberto Martinez may opt to make changes for this game with the likes of Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco likely to make an appearance with Adnan Januzaj, who netted against England earlier in the tournament, likely to feature too. Thomas Meunier, who missed the French game through suspension should also come back into the side. Belgium pressed heavily against France in the final twenty minutes but they couldn’t find a way back into the game and they will be keen to secure third place at the 2018 World Cup.
England took the lead against Croatia through a Kieran Trippier free-kick but they weren’t able to build upon that early advantage. They missed a number of chances but sat far too deep in the second half and they struggled to maintain control of the game. The aforementioned Trippier was removed with a groin injury and is unlikely to be involved here whilst Dele Alli should also be rested for this tie. This young side were clearly distraught at being knocked out of the competition and they may not recover in time for this game. Gareth Southgate will want his side to end on a high note but they could struggle with Belgium’s pace and power once again.
It ended 1-0 when these sides met earlier in the tournament and with a number of changes afoot, it could be another slow-burner. Four of the last five meeting between these sides have also ended with fewer than three goals and Under 2.5 Goals looks a value selection at 11/8 with 888Sport.
Belgium vs England Correct Score Prediction
Most fans will agree that Belgium had the tougher passage to the semi-finals and they will be confident of winning this game and securing third place at the tournament. It was a low-scoring affair earlier in the tournament and neither side are likely to give much away in this one. The Red Devils have a touch more experience and quality about them and a 2-0 win looks a likely outcome.. It can be backed at 12/1 with Bet365.
Belgium vs England Odds
Betfred have priced Belgium up as 6/5 favourites for this clash and they will be popular in the market. It’s 13/5 for this game to end all-square but neither side will fancy playing extra-time. England are available at 9/4 to secure third place at the 2018 World Cup.
- Belgium’s 1-0 win earlier in the tournament was their first victory over England in six meetings. It’s 10/1 for a 1-0 Belgium victory with William Hill
- England have kept just one clean sheet at the 2o18 World Cup
- Belgium have conceded six goals at the tournament
- The last two third-place play-off matches have featured three or more goals
- Harry Kane is the tournament’s top scorer with six goals so far
- Belgium’s best-finish came in 1986 when they finished fourth. They lost to France in extra-time in the third-place play-off