Everything you need to know about Belgium vs England: how the teams arrive, the probable teams and the statistics
Belgium will be facing England this Saturday, July 14th at 4 pm (CET) for the Third Place World Cup 2018 final also regarded as the final of the disappointed. Belgium and England have come close to the most important event of the year, only to lose the semi-finals with just a one-goal difference. Belgium lost to a strong French team, after arriving for the second time in their history to the semi-finals, after the one lost in 1986 against Argentina. On the other hand, England reached the semi-finals for the third time in their history to be closely defeated by Croatia after extra time. It was a heart-breaking exit for the young England squad who seemed to be in control of the game for the first 60 minutes.
Precedents and statistics
Belgium and England have challenged each other 22 times, but this will be only the fourth time that they will be meeting in a world cup. The balance is clearly in favour of England with 15 wins, 5 draws and only 2 wins for Belgium. The last challenge dates back to 28 June 2018, when Belgium won 1-0 the last match of the World Cup group with a Januzaj's goal.
Team Forms and Recent Results
The Belgian golden generation of Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Vertonghen and Courtois, disputed a great world, eliminating Brazil and Japan and losing only 1-0 against France. They have a very strong attacking team, where they can count on Hazard in great form, but tend to concede too much when it comes to the defensive phase. The Belgian will be participating in their second final for the 3rd place in their history. In 1986, they lost against France, now they will want to redeem themselves and conclude this edition of the World Cup on a high.
England, despite not starting the World Cup 2018 as one of the favourites, has played a great World Cup and were close to finally reach their second final in their history after the 1966 home win. Players such as Pickford, Kane, Alli, Lindgard, Trippier and Macquire had an excellent campaign. This is a very young and inexperienced team and their only weakness was that they did not manage to close the game when they had the chances to double the score against Croatia.
Now England will face Belgium, which have already beaten them during the group stage of this completion. Still, the England players can partly redeem themselves by reaching the second best result of their nation’s football history after the legendary 1966 World Cup victory.
Even though this is not the final for the first place, it remains an important match. Belgium should confirm their formation with a three-man defence, which can be alternated between a 3-5-2 or 3-4-2-1, with the latter being the most likely hypothesis. Martinez is expected to change some players and most probably will start with Boyata, Carrasco, and Mertens.
England will also play with three in defence and could field Rashford in the attack in place of Sterling, Cahill in defence and Loftus-Cheek in midfield. Rose might replace Ashley Young on the left.
Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Januzaj; Hazard, Mertens; Lukaku. Coach Martinez
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Cahill; Alexander-Arnold, Alli, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Rose; Rashford, Kane. Coach Southgate
Belgium vs England – Our prediction
Our Algorithm believes in Belgium finishing in third place, recognising a chance for a Belgium win at 36% and 34% for a draw after 90 minutes. An England win is predicted at 30%.
Belgium is at 2.20 in Belgium vs England odds to achieve the 90-minute victory for Saturday’s third-place play-off.
An England win is a 3.10 prospect, while it is at 3.70 odds that the tie goes to extra time.
Most probable score predictions are a 2-1 win for Belgium at 7.50 and draws of 1-1 and 0-0 at 7.25 and 9.50.