England v Belgium Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 28th June
Billy Greenall (@BillyGreenall) previews England v Belgium and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Group G game, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
England v Belgium Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 28/06/2018
- Time: 19:00
- Venue: Kaliningrad Stadium
- Channel: BBC One
England and Belgium go head to head on Thursday evening to round off proceedings in group G. Both sides will be keen to continue their impressive World Cup campaigns with a victory, though a second place finish could result in a last 16 tie against Japan, seemingly more appealing than a battle with the lively Colombians for the group winners.
Regardless of where a victory may land each side in the knockout stages, we’re expecting both managers to rotate their squads and give a number of key players a well deserved rest. It’s thought that Harry Kane may make way for Jamie Vardy to start his first World Cup game, with Gary Cahill and Eric Dier also expected to be pencilled in. As for Belgium, it’s likely that Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku will be replaced in the starting eleven by Youri Tielmans and Michy Batshuayi, the latter opening his World Cup account late on against Tunisia.
As much as these sides have impressed in their opening two games in this group, I can’t help feeling the inevitability of an anti climax when the two face off on Thursday. Obviously both sides have already qualified, which could reduce the intensity in itself, but the fact that finishing top of the could potentially leave them worse off, almost results in the game being non-entity. However, if I’m wrong there’s certainly the potential for a stormer. An array of attacking talent on display, two sides who’ve shown ambition, innovation and determination so far in the tournament, with a couple of young managers who will be eager to make their mark on the biggest stage in the footballing stratosphere.
It’s thought that both sides will make changes, with up to 6 possible rotations to be made by Gareth Southgate.
Roberto Martinez is also expected to rotate his squad – with Michy Batshuayi ready to come in for Romelu Lukaku.
England Potential Starting XI: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Cahill, Stones, Maguire, Young, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Lingard, Sterling, Vardy
Belgium Potential Starting XI: Courtois, Boyata, Vermalen, Vertonghen, Witsel, Tielmans, Meunier, Carrasco, T Hazard, Hazard, Batshuayi
Key Stats & Facts
- The last time the sides met was in an international friendly in 2012, England winning 1-0.
- The last time they faced off in a major tournament was at the 1990 World Cup, David Platt scoring an injury time winner for England to win 1-0.
Head To Head
England 15 – D 4 – Belgium – 2
- England 17/10
- D 2/1 –
- Belgium 9/5 (Sky Bet)
I may end up looking a little silly, but I’m going to go with my gut and predict this will be a dull, slow contest with neither side showing huge amounts of ambition. I may be wrong but I believe the circumstances in which England come into the game could reduce the intensity to a level we haven’t seen from these sides in their opening two games.