FIFA World Cup Play-off for third place: Belgium Vs England Betting Preview
Losing in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup is always a bitter pill for any team to swallow, but it is made worse by the fact that those teams are still forced to go out and play another game. There are a lot of football fans who question the validity of the third-place game at the FIFA World Cup, yet it is a game that often ends up being one of the most entertaining of the entire tournament. It ends up being a match where the pressure is off and where both teams involved decide that they are going to go out and have a real go. After all, it’s the last opportunity to make a statement on the world football stage for 4 years. Saturday will see Belgium and England hook up for the second time in this tournament. Their last meeting ended in a 1-0 win for Belgium in the group stage in a match that featured mostly bench players on either side. It’s tough to know what type of line-ups we will see for this one, but with the Golden Boot still up for grabs, we may well see the top two strikers on the field.
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⚽: Belgium Vs England (Play-off for third place)
🏟️: Saint-Petersburg Stadium
⏰: Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 AM EST
🎰: Belgium pk, -½ -105 | +125 | U 3 -105
Why bet on Belgium
The Belgians have made it very clear that they were not particularly pleased with their 1-0 defeat to France in the semi-final. Belgium are a team that love to play quick, counterattacking football, which was tough for them to do against a France side who bunkered down after getting the opening goal. It was a frustrating night for Belgium, who had been scoring goals in bunches prior to that game, as they failed to break down a packed France defense. You get the sense that Belgium feel as though they still have something to prove at this tournament, so I would not be surprised to see them field a strong team for this one. Let’s not forget that Romelu Lukaku still has an outside shot at catching Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race, as he has 4 goals to Kane’s 6.
Why bet on England
The wave of euphoria that swept across England during this unexpected run came to an end on Thursday afternoon when Croatia once again found a way to come from behind and get the win. What makes the loss all the more frustrating for the English was that they were up a goal in that one very early on. They failed to capitalize on that lead, with a stunning miss from Harry Kane potentially being the backbreaker. Had his close-range shot gone in instead of hitting the post, we might instead be talking about England in the final. As it is, the only thing that they are playing for now is a little bit of national pride, as well as the opportunity to deliver the top scorer in the tournament, both of which are very much in reach.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think we are going to see a wide-open game here, but I think the edge needs to go to Belgium. They are coming in on an extra day’s rest and are also going against an England team that just played an extra-time game.
Predicted Score: Belgium 3 England 1