England vs Belgium Odds

England vs Belgium Stats

England vs Belgium World Cup 2018

Whenever two European sides clash at the World Cup there’s always plenty of hype, and this match should live up to expectations. Both nations boast considerable talent, and the fact that almost the entire first team squad of both teams are regulars in the English Premier League, this match is perhaps the closest we will get to a Premier League All Star fixture, ironically a suggestion by Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.

The Manchester United striker will be joined by the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne in the attacking half of the pitch, while they almost have too many reputable centre-backs to bolster their defences – try fitting Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen in the same lineup.

It’s ironic that England boast fewer superstars from their own domestic league, though there’s no doubting the quality of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, both who are almost certain starters. While they have had a couple of injury setbacks recently – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez come to mind – their squad is powerful and should be good enough to match it with Belgium.

England can look to their excellent record against their close neighbours as inspiration for a potential victory here. They have only lost twice to the Belgians, and avoiding defeat here may be enough for them to finish atop Group G. This of course will all depend on the earlier results, although you would have to think the pair will have easily beaten Panama and Tunisia.

Context is always a factor in the third group stage matches. If for some reason one of these teams has dropped points (England don’t exactly have the best big tournament record), then they are more likely to field a full-strength squad. If both teams are assured of qualification, we may see some of the reserves take the field, which will greatly alter the most likely result. Be sure to await confirmation of the lineups before betting on this one.

As it stands, and regardless of context, all three results are a firm possibility in this match. Belgium will start as the slight favourite, paying +150, while England are at +188 and the draw is available for +219. This about sums up the chances of both teams, and we’re finding it difficult to pick a winner here. A draw will likely suit each team, and that is therefore our pick.

As far as goals go, both sides were strong during qualifying and we can definitely see both teams scoring. If the result does not matter, we could even see a few goals, so we’re going with a 2-2 final score.

England vs Belgium Game Info

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    When: Thursday, Jun 28 (2pm ET)

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    Where: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

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    TV: FOX, Telemundo*

England vs Belgium Betting Tips

All three options in the head to head market are are paying over 2:1 odds for this match, which means you’re guaranteed a decent payout regardless of the result you choose. But it’s not that simple. The problem is that it’s much harder to pick a winner when the odds are this tight, and even more so when we don’t yet know which players will take the field for their respective teams. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives.

For instance, you could always choose to remove the draw from your thoughts and place a wager on the draw no bet line. In the event of a draw, your wager would simply be refunded, allowing you to make a more aggressive choice. In this market, Belgium are offering -125, while England are paying +107. Both teams still appear at great value here, and it’s a worthy option if you prefer a two-result type of wager.

We have made it clear that we think there will be goals in this match, given the talented attacking players available to both teams. In the over/under market, the line is set at +2.5, which means that if three or more goals are scored you will win if you select the over option. That’s what we would be choosing, and it’s great value at -120.

If you’re happy with the overs, you can boost your pick significantly in the matchbet and totals market. By combining the +2.5 prediction with the match result, you can obtain odds of +863 for the draw and over +2.5 goals market.

Of course, you can always try and predict the correct score. Our pick of 2-2 is paying +994, while the 1-1 draw is the favoured result (+448).