England vs Belgium Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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28th June – 19:00 GMT
Group G – Kiliningrad Stadium
England vs Belgium Predictions
England and Belgium have already secured their place in the knock-out round of the competition and both will be keen to end on a positive note. They come into this match with identical goal difference and if they can’t be separated in 90 minutes, final positions are likely to be decided based on yellow cards accumulated. They’ve both enjoyed relatively easy matches so far but this will be significantly tougher and a stern examination of their credentials awaits.
Both teams conceded sloppy goals in their last match and want to make sure they don’t venture into the knock-out round on a sour note. There isn’t much to separate these two sides and it could end all-square. A draw is priced at 2/1 with Betfred and looks the likeliest outcome here.
England vs Belgium Preview
England were imperious against Panama although they were assisted by some rough-handed tactics from the CONCACAF side. They scored some excellent team-goals and look full of confidence heading into the final Group G game. They are unlikely to rest many players for this tie as they aim to continue their momentum. Harry Kane will be looking to net his sixth goal of the tournament and he is 10/3 with William Hill to score the first goal of the game.
Gareth Southgate’s side will be aiming to finish top of their section but they won’t be afraid of any Group H opponents in the next round. They will be disappointed with their failure to keep a clean sheet in any of their previous two matches and they will need to be extra vigilant with the Belgian attack.
Belgium were also rampant during their latest Group G game, knocking five past Tunisia. Roberto Martinez’s side played some scintillating football at times but also looks susceptible at the back. Romelu Lukaku has been exceptional so far and has scored some wonderful goals in Russia. He will be looking to add to his tally as the battle for the Golden Boot continues. The Red Devils will be looking to make it nine points from a possible nine but this is their toughest task yet. They will need to be wary of England’s threat from set-pieces and could struggle to contain the Three Lions from corners and free-kicks.
These two sides have had an easy ride so far and they’ve played some poor teams in Group G. They are unlikely to be as prolific in this game with qualification already guaranteed; there could be a lack of urgency about both sides. It’s also set to be another scorcher in Kaliningrad and this might not be the high-scoring affair that many fans have anticipated. Under 2.5 Goals is available at 7/10 with Bet365.
England vs Belgium Correct Score Prediction
This game is likely to finish all-square and there is very little between these two teams. They are likely to cancel each other out and neither side will want to give much away. 1-1 looks a likely outcome in this game and can be backed at 11/2 with Paddy Power and it is one of the more popular selections in this market.
England vs Belgium Odds
Group G Standings
Both of these sides have already secured their qualification for the next round after collecting six points from their opening two matches. They will be keen to finish top of Group G. Tunisia and Panama have already been eliminated from the competition and will be playing for pride.
- Both England and Belgium have identical goal difference coming into this tie – scoring eight and conceding two
- Their last meeting at the World Cup was in 1990 with the match ending goalless
- England are undefeated in all competitions since June 2017
- Harry Kane has netted in every single game in which he has captained England. He is 23/17 with 888sport to score anytime
- Belgium have kept five clean sheets in the last seven matches
- Romelu Lukaku has netted five World Cup goals and is the joint highest scorer in the competition for Belgium alongside Marc Wilmots
Why Should I Bet On England Against Belgium?
England and Belgium have safely secured their passage into the knockout rounds of the World Cup finals but top spot remains up for grabs in this final fixture of Group G. The teams currently have identical records and a draw in Kaliningrad would mean disciplinary matters will decide who comes first.
However it’s unclear whether finishing top of the group will provide any real advantage, with all potential opponents from Group H in the round of 16 looking equally strong. Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez are unlikely to place too much emphasis on winning the game and instead will look to avoid injuries and suspensions.
Both nations are on long unbeaten competitive runs which stretch back to the 2016 European Championships. With changes for both teams in the offing, a draw at 21/10 with Betfair looks the most likely outcome.
Marcus Rashford to score first
It’s difficult to predict the alterations to both England and Belgium’s starting line-ups for Thursday’s game. However, Southgate is likely to hand a start to Marcus Rashford, with the underperforming Raheem Sterling having kept the youngster out of the team so far.
The Manchester United forward impressed in England’s warm-up matches, scoring a fine goal against Costa Rica. He scored 13 times for his club last season but is likely to be more prolific at international level where he’s given more freedom to frighten defences with his blistering pace. Rashford is at a tempting 7/1 to break the deadlock against the Red Devils with 888Sport.
These two sides have filled their boots in the other Group G matches against Panama and Tunisia, scoring 16 goals between them. Each have an in-form striker with Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku respectively, although both are at risk of being rested for Thursday’s match.
Neither team has been convincing defensively at the tournament so far, though. Belgium lost concentration against Tunisia and conceded twice, while England are yet to keep a clean sheet in Russia.
The match will give an opportunity for attackers on the periphery of each team to impress their managers ahead of the knockout rounds. A low-scoring draw looks to offer good value, with 1-1 at 11/2 with Paddy Power.
Head to Head
There have been six previous meetings between these sides. They’ve faced one another three times in competitive contests, although each of the last three encounters have been friendlies. They met at the 1990 World Cup with David Platt’s 120th minute strike settling the game in extra time. Nat Lofthouse netted twice when these sides met in the 1954 World Cup, playing out a hugely entertaining 4-4 draw.
- 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 – Harry Kane will be tasked with firing England to the knock-out rounds but he will need service from Dele Alli. The Spurs teammates are used to linking up on a regular basis and they will look to team-up once again. Alli is skilful, fleet of foot and has the vision to unlock this Belgian defence.
Romelu Lukaku – The striker is one of many players who will be key to Belgium’s chances of progression. Many of the England squad will already be familiar with his style but that doesn’t mean they will be able to stop him. He is a flat-track bully who will use his power and strength to trouble the England defence. Can their newly-formed three-man defence stop him?
19:00 – Kiliningrad Stadium