England vs. Belgium: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

England face Belgium in the final Group G game, with both nations already assured of a place in the last 16.

England currently top the group due to a superior disciplinary record, following a 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday.

Harry Kane is the tournament’s leading scorer and he hit a hat-trick in the win, with John Stones also scoring twice.

Belgium were excellent against Tunisia and their 5-2 win secured their place in the knock out stages of the tournament.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored braces, with both brought off with minor injuries.

The team will face the nations that qualify from Group H, with Japan and Senegal currently the two top teams.

Match history
England have an excellent record against Belgium, however the two nations have met just once since the turn of the Millennium.

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

Last five meetings
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
Belgium 1 England 1 – 12/06/80

Both teams to score – 10/11 with Betfair

Team news
Those on yellow cards are likely to miss out for England, meaning Kyle Walker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are set to be on the bench.

Kane will remain in the team, but England are likely to make at least four changes.

Belgium are considering changing nine of their line-up here, with Lukaku and Hazard set to drop out following minor injuries.

Kevin de Bruyne, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen are a booking away from a ban and are unlikely to be risked.

Expected starting XI’s
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Jones, Stones, Cahill; Young, Delph, Dier, Dele, Rose; Kane, Rashford
Belgium (3-4-3): Courtois; Vermaelen, Boyata, Dendoncker; Chadli, Dembele, Fellaini, Tielemans, Hazard, Januzaj; Batshuayi

Predictions

Result: Draw (2/1 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (11/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Harry Kane (4/3 with Bet 365)

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