Belgium vs England World Cup 2018
This is a match that no-one really wants to play in, although third place sounds a lot better than fourth. This match would also have produced a great final, and there’s sure to be free-flowing football on display as the result doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things.
It’s quite rare to see two teams play against each other twice at the same World Cup – Belgium and England were of course paired together in Group G, and their prior match was somewhat anticlimactic. It was the Belgians who got the points through a stunning Adnan Januzaj strike, although the game featured almost none of each side’s first-choice players.
On this occasion it’s anyone’s guess as to which players will be on show. Belgium have the opportunity to record their best ever finish at the World Cup – they finished fourth in 1986 and could go one better if they win this match – so perhaps we will see Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku at the top of the line.
England are more likely to rest some of their bigger names, owing to the fact that there is just three days turnaround time after their defeat to Croatia, and also because England as former winners may not see the value in finishing third as opposed to fourth.
It is therefore unsurprising to see Belgium as the early favourite here, and at -100 they present exceptional value. The draw is on offer for +290, and England are outsiders at +231, but for us the Belgian victory is almost certain in this match.
We would like to think there will be more goals in this match than their previous encounter, and are therefore tipping the overs. A 3-1 win to the Belgians is our predicted score.
Belgium vs England Preview
Belgium vs England will kickoff at 10 am ET on Saturday, July 14 and will be played at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
There is no telling which teams will run out on Saturday given that the match is effectively meaningless, so it will be best to hold off on any bets until the lineups are announced (approximately one hour prior to kick off.
There is still value in placing a bet early though, and given our opinion on the match we believe Belgium will come out with more intent and claim the win.
More Betting Opportunities
Remember that the head to head market is relevant for the result at the end of 90 minutes, and in the event of the match going to extra time or penalties the ‘draw’ option would be the winner.
If you think there is the possibility of extra time, as we do, the ‘will there be an overtime’ market from Sports Interaction is paying +236. Belgium’s only other third-place playoff went to extra time, so it’s not a scenario that’s totally out of the question.
If you would rather take the option of picking which team will progress, Betway offer a ‘to win third place’ line, and are paying -138 for a Belgian win regardless of whether penalties are required to separate the teams. England are paying +110, and this market offers great value for both sides – if you can pick the winner.
Of course, there are plenty of other markets that could provide a decent outlay, and may be a safer bet than the head to head opportunities.
Both teams have excellent players up front, and therefore the ‘both teams to score’ line comes into play. We’re all for it, and recommend placing a wager on ‘yes’ at -200.
Eden Hazard has already won two man of the match awards in this tournament (against Tunisia and Japan), and was easily the best player on the field against Brazil despite missing out on the honour. His tireless work rate in that match didn’t earn a goal but we have a feeling he won’t be empty handed in this match. At +163 there’s great value on offer, but ensure the player is starting before placing a bet!
We think Belgium are good enough to score in both halves, which is paying a healthy +171.
Picking the correct score is tough, although there’s plenty of reward for your risk. At +1300, our 3-1 prediction is not one of the favourites, and will therefore offer plenty in return.
FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage Odds
***Round of 16
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
Match 50: France vs Argentina Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 49: Uruguay vs Portugal Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SUNDAY, JULY 1
Match 51: Spain vs Russia Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 52: Croatia vs Denmark Odds (2 p.m. ET)
MONDAY, JULY 2
Match 53: Brazil vs Mexico Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 54: Belgium vs Japan Odds (2 p.m. ET)
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Match 55: Sweden vs Switzerland Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 56: Colombia vs England Odds (2 p.m. ET)
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Match 57: France vs Uruguay Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 58: Brazil vs Belgium Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Match 60: Sweden vs England Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 59: Russia vs Croatia Odds (2 p.m. ET)
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Match 61: France vs Belgium Odds (2 p.m. ET)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Match 62: Croatia vs England Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Match 63: Belgium vs England Odds (10 a.m. ET)
***World Cup Final
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Match 64: France vs Croatia Odds (11 a.m. ET)