Place: Saint Petersburg Stadium. Saint Petersburg.
Date: on the 14th of July, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia – playoff – match for the 3rd place.
Belgium has demonstrated good tournament which will end with a match for the third place against England. Belgium is considered for a long time to be very perspective European national team with a lot of stars and talented young people. We don’t forget that at a group stage Belgians have won over England (1:0) and also have won against Panama (3:0) and against Tunisia (5:2). In 1/8 finals Belgium has managed to win over Japan (3:2) and later has also won over Brazil (2:1) which was considered to be the favorite in a quarterfinal. In a semi-final Belgium hasn’t managed to oppose well-trained France (0:1).
Belgium has really super starting lineup and such football players as: De Bruyne, Hazard, Witsel, Fellaini, Lukaku and others have gained success on the international arena. Belgians have disappointed their fans in a match against France where the team of Martinez made a large number of mistakes in defense. Belgium was too monotonous and predictable in attack and only Mertens has managed to refresh actions of the team. In a game against Britain, all hope that Belgium will demonstrate more substantial game and the maximum concentration.
Under the leadership of Southgate, England has already managed to gain the greatest success since 1966 and has reached a semi-final where in extra time has lost to Croatia (2:1). Britain, having got an advantage, began to play on the score too early and was too careless with their scoring chances. And in the second half of the match they have overslept comeback of Croatia and have paid for their mistakes. Though very few people considered modern England to be the favorites of the tournament, as Britain has a lot of young football players. England was great in matches with Colombia and Sweden where the team of Southgate was owning an initiative.
Fans were pleased with the game of Kane who has shown high effectiveness at a group stage and in the playoffs was doing rough work and was attracting attention. Alli and Lindgard were perfect. Pickford was a reliable goalkeeper who is capable to save and doesn’t make silly mistakes.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Belgium vs. England
Bookmakers consider Belgium to be the favorite of this match, having estimated its victory with coefficient 2.26. Draw outcome is estimated with 3.74, and on the victory of England – 3.30. Here it is possible to propose 50 on 50, but Belgium has already experienced victories over England, and this fact has made it the favorite of the match. Total betting: total over 2.5 for 1.63, total under 2.5 for 2.49.
We will have very bright and interesting match in which Belgium and England will try to play better, than during their head-to-head at a group stage of the tournament. Though, despite the attacking capacities on both sides, we will hardly see a match with a big number of scored goals.