Belgium vs. England: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

The Third Fourth Placed World Cup Play-Off takes place on Saturday as England face Belgium.

Belgium were beaten by France in the first semi-final, losing 1-0 to a Samuel Umtiti header.

Roberto Martinez’s men dominated the ball, but created few clear cut chances.

England took the lead against Croatia in the second semi-final, thanks to an early Kieran Trippier free-kick.

Croatia progressed though, thanks to Ivan Perisic’s volley and Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner.

2018 World Cup form: Belgium W5 D0 L1; England W3 D2 L1
2018 World Cup top scorers
Belgium – Romelu Lukaku 4 goals
England – Harry Kane 6 goals

Match history
Adnan Januzaj scored the winner as Belgium beat England earlier in the competition, a final group stage fixture when both nations had already progressed.

The most famous meeting between the two came at the 1990 World Cup, with David Platt’s extra-time winner seeing England progress.

Last five meetings
England 0 Belgium 1 – 28/06/18
England 1 Belgium 0 – 02/06/12
England 2 Belgium 1 – 10/10/99
Belgium 0 England 0 – 29/05/98
England 1 Belgium 0 – 27/06/90

Over 2.5 goals – 4/7 with Bet 365

Team news
Both countries are expected to rotate here in a game neither will consider hugely important.

Dedrick Boyata impressed in the group stage and could feature in a back three here.

England are likely to give breaks to the likes of Jordan Henderson, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.

Harry Kane is expected to feature though as he looks to secure the golden boot.

Expected starting XI’s
Belgium (3-4-3): Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vermaelen; Meunier, Tielemans, Fellaini, Carrasco; Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Maguire, Stones, Cahill; Alexander-Arnold, Delph, Lingard, Dier, Rose; Kane, Rashford

Predictions

Result: Belgium (13/10 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 2-1 (9/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Romelu Lukaku (11/8 with Betfair)

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