England vs Belgium Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
28th June – 19:00 GMT
Group G – Kiliningrad Stadium
England vs Belgium Predictions
Group G looks set to be a straight shoot-out between Belgium and England and the pair meet on June 27th. Both sides may already have qualified by this stage but it should be an entertaining 90 minutes. Finishing at the summit will result in an easier round of 16 encounter and both teams will be keen to avoid a tricky knock-out tie. Belgium are spoilt for choice when it comes to attacking players but questions remain about their defensive set-up. England are far more dynamic under Gareth Southgate and will believe that they can pick up three points from this encounter.
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