Place: Russia. Rostov-on-Don. Rostov Arena.
Date: on the 2nd of July 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, 1/8 finals
Belgium (the head coach Roberto Martínez)
The most surprising, paradoxical match was the match at the end of the whole group stage of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. It was the match between two initial favorites of the 7th quartet – the national teams of Belgium and England. We will remind you that according to the results of two previous rounds the teams of Roberto Martinez and Gareth Southgate had absolutely equal indicators on total number of the scored points (six points each team), on the difference of the scored and missed goals (8:2) and on total of the scored goals. In this situation England had an advantage – they had the least number of yellow cards.
And all initial paradoxicality of the match that was advertised, was in special conditions of further qualification. The matter is that the total winner of group G was moving further into the top (left) half of the tournament net full of top teams – Brazil, Argentina, France and Portugal. But the team that would lose automatically became the participant of the lower (right) half of the net where only Spain as initial favorite of the World Cup had been left.
So, the total overweight of top teams towards one of the half of the tournament net became very vivid (5:2). So, you can’t say that Belgium and England were playing in a giveaway chess. But, when both teams came on the field of Kaliningrad stadium in experimental line-ups, it became obvious – it will be the real anti-football.
As a result, Belgium which has won over England with the minimum score- 1:0 became that “birthday team”. And after this, absolutely undesirable victory, the team of Roberto Martinez is going to Rostov-on-Don where it will spend the match of the first round of the playoffs against Japan. And then, the winner of this pair will meet in the ¼ final in Kazan will meet with the winner of pair Brazil – Mexico. Of course, now the capital of Tatarstan lives in expectation of the 6th of July when such predictable quarterfinal super match Brazil – Belgium will start.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Belgium vs Japan
As soon as the list of 16 participants of the first round of the playoffs was completely, the main underdog of the forthcoming stage of the tournament has been named – Japan. Today the final victory of the team of Akira Nishino in frames of the World Cup is estimated by the coefficient-155.00. Of course, it is the worst result among sixteen teams which are fighting for the vacant champion title. And during the forthcoming Rostov meeting the bright favorite is the team of Roberto Martinez: Belgium – 1.40, Japan – 9.00.
At the last match with Britain Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Axel Witsel and many other stars of the team of Roberto Martinez were the audience. Therefore, well rested leaders of the Reds want to start their game in which their victory doesn’t raise any doubts…
Belgium – 1.37, draw – 4.88, Japan – 10.02;