Belgium v England Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 201813th July 2018 / lee
Belgium v England World Cup 2018, 14th July – 3.00 p.m
Both of these nations can go home happy with their efforts at the tournament. Both were just outside of the main pack of contenders in the pre-tournament betting and have both exceeded expectations. The two will simply meet to decide who goes home in third place and who goes home in fourth. Read our Belgium v England betting tips to find out how we think that this one will be settled.
Belgium v England Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July 2018 at 6:22 p.m.)
Belgium v England Betting Tips
Belgium turned out one of the most memorable performances of the 2018 World Cup as they knocked Brazil out of the quarter finals. It finally looked as if they had come good, had found that winning formula that would allow this golden generation to push on. It wasn’t to be though as they were just totally shut down by France in the semi finals. As good as Belgium were in attacking during their win over Brazil, they were equally as poor in that game against France. But it’s not because they had a bad game per-se it was just because France were so strong in their defensive setup that the Belgians just couldn’t find a way through them and they pretty much faded from the game. In the end, it just looked as if the Red Devils had peaked against Brazil and just couldn’t get back to that level. But Belgium as a whole are a free-scoring side and we are going over 2.5 goals at 3/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 pm) for this game.
Adding some weight to that will be the fact that each of the last ten Third Place matches at World Cups have ended over the goal line. Belgium are W13 D2 L1 in their last sixteen games, that lone defeat coming at the wrong time for them. They were on a seven-match winning streak before that crash against France. Belgium have scored at least two goals in six of their last eight games played and at least three in five of those six. Romelu Lukaku didn’t have the same impact against France as he did against Brazil but he is a 7/2 first goalscorer option for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). Not only do Belgium have great attacking power and creativity, their defence has kept seven clean sheets in their last eleven games. They will have had that extra day of rest compared to England as well.
It was semi-final heartbreak for England as well as they blew a lead against Croatia to lose 2-1 in extra time. It was a game where surprisingly the legs of England went first. After dominating the first half, they just didn’t show up in the second period of time. Their goal came early from Kieran Trippier from a free kick and once again England struggled to create anything of note from open play. But their defence has been playing well, by and large, and there is plenty of energy in the side. It is likely that boss Gareth Southgate will change a few players around now for this match and even though the Three Lions have been struggling for chances from open play, they are a threat from dead ball situations so we are backing both teams to score at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).
England have lost just the one game since the beginning of September last year but they have gone just W1 D2 L1 (over 90 minutes) in their last four played at the World Cup. Harry Kane hasn’t scored since his spot-kick against Colombia in the round of sixteen, but he is the anytime goalscorer favourite at 20/21 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). England do have only the one clean sheet in their last six games played now and haven’t conceded more than one goal in ninety minutes during any of their last sixteen games, so that’s a good record. So things didn’t go to plan in the semi finals and the young side were left heartbroken and distraught. But they have the chance to show a lot in this one by picking themselves up and going home third.
Belgium v England Head to Head
These two met in that very strange group stage match which no-one really wanted to win. Belgium did though 1-0. That snapped a three-match winning streak that England were on against the Red Devils and it was just England’s second ever loss against Belgium. Overall in the head to head England are 15-2 up with the four drawn matches. England’s last three wins over Belgium have all been by a one-goal margin.
Who will win – Belgium v England Predictions
We are going with Belgium because they look to have the more craft and attacking threat about them. They are the ones who are more likely to do damage in open play and England’s young side were emotionally drained after their semi-final defeat so it may be hard for them to pick themselves up from that. Belgium to win.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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