For fans, punters, and analysts alike the matchup between England and Belgium is one of the most highly anticipated of the World Cup tournament so far. In fact, this match is one that rivals any Group pairing in recent memory. For England and Belgium their match on Thursday will be for Group G.
The loser will still make the Round of 16 but face a more difficult opponent in that knockout phase. So far England and Belgium have been two of the most impressive teams in the field of 32. Both of them have the look of serious championship contenders. Each has incredible firepower and multiple weapons. It makes for compelling must see football. Not to mention an incredibly challenging handicap for all.
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2018 FIFA World Cup England vs. Belgium
Date and Time: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
World Cup Betting Online Odds at BETCRIS: Belgium PK -114, England PK -101, Over 2 ½ +111, Under 2 ½ -126, Belgium +175, England +188, Draw +204
England vs. Belgium TV Coverage: Check Listings
England has climbed to a 10/1 betting choice to win the World Cup while Belgium is an 8/1 pick to win the tournament.
Values instead of Overlays
Most World Cup tournaments see England and their fans blowing into the host country as one of the favorites, even if it is not fully justified. Few teams in fact have been more frustrating as overlays over the years as the Three Lions. Since their lone championship in 1966 England has busted apart countless bankrolls along the way. No team has done less with more hype than the English. But this squad is different. It entered with modest hype and was undersold. This has served to be a tremendous advantage for the Three Lions. They are a surprise team for the first time in memory.
England’s transformation begins with young manager Gareth Southgate. He was little known when he took over last fall but has proven to be a visionary and dynamic leader. Southgate has also proven to be courageous as proven by moves such as ushering out flabby Wayne Rooney and replacing him with Harry Kane. Kane has emerged as one of the premier strikers on the globe and quickly emerged as captain due to his presence and leadership skills. Southgate is a brilliant tactician that unleashes his talented and speedy team. It makes for a brand of football that is enthralling.
Red Devils for Real
Belgium entered the World Cup with more cache than England. The Red Devils were respected as a generational team and in the perfect window for a deep run. Belgium has an overload of offensive talent that makes for one of the most exciting teams in the tournament. The one concern that many had about the Red Devils, including some of their own players, was defense and tactics. But so far this has not been problematic.
Belgium dominated Panama in their opener 3-0 and that was followed by a 5-2 triumph over Tunisia. Romelu Lukaku has led with four goals for the Red Devils.
England won a tight opening game 2-1 over Tunisia when Harry Kane scored at the end of the match. In their second game the Three Lions busted out with a 6-1 triumph. Kane has three goals so far in the tournament.
Players to Watch
Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane are two of the most prolific scorers in the world. They are the marquee men of teams that are capable of plenty of fireworks.
England vs. BelgiumFree Picks
Harry Kane is proving to be one of the most impactful players on the globe. Gareth Southgate has emerged as one of the game’s new brilliant minds. England rates the call in this one!
England vs. Belgium Pick: Bet the money line on England
England vs. Belgium Score Prediction: England 2, Belgium 1
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