2018 World Cup: Belgium And England Meet In Third Place Play-Off
Belgium won 1-0 when these two sides met in the group stages; now England have the chance to exact revenge
Belgium and England meet for the second time at this World Cup, having both lost their semi-final clashes earlier this week. Belgium lost 1-0 to World Cup favourites France, while England let an early lead slip against Croatia, who won the tie 2-1 after extra time.
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Where can I win money in this tie?
England have a good record against Belgium, having won 15 of the 21 previous meetings between the two teams. However, it was Belgium who prevailed earlier in the World Cup and it is the Red Devils who will come into this match as the slight favourites.
Roberto Martinez’s side are at 2.30 to wrap up victory inside 90 minutes. You can triple any potential investment if you back England, however, who are at the higher price of 3.00,
Alternatively, you can make a more straightforward bet simply based on who will finish third at the World Cup. Again, it is Belgium who come in at the shorter price of 1.66, with England priced slightly further out at 2.20.
However, with this tie being little more than a glorified friendly, we are unlikely to see fireworks and it may well be a low-scoring affair, with only one of the last six matches between England and Belgium having more than 2.5 goals. Under 2.5 goals is priced competitively at 2.20, while over 2.5 goals actually comes in at the shorter price of 1.65 – with the pressure off, perhaps entertainment will be on the cards after all.
However, England scored two or more goals on three occasions during the World Cup, while Belgium netted no fewer than 14 times. Even though both managers may give some reserve players a run out, this could be worth keeping an eye on.
You can be even more specific in your goal betting. Under two goals comes in at 4.50, two or three goals would still double your money at 2.05, while over three goals is slightly higher at 2.50 – and with the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku likely to get at least some game time, the Golden Boot award may well take a late twist as well.
Kane, with six goals to his name, is the odds on favourite to win the top scorer prize at a price of just 1.050. Lukaku, two goals behind on four, is at 21.00 to overtake his rival in this final game.
With little intensity between the two sides the game is likely to be played at a leisurely pace, just like during the group stages when both teams had already ensured their qualification for the knock-out phases. Belgium won 1-0 on that occasion, and a repeat of that score line here is priced at 11.00, offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment.
Neither of these sides are renowned for water tight defences, however, and both teams could be breached. You can back both teams to score at 1.53, while a “no” to that outcome is at the higher price of 2.37.
Again, being more specific in your betting will reap higher rewards. Backing both teams to score and a Belgium win comes in at a price of 3.75, while US$10 on an England win with both teams scoring would give a US$50 return.
This looks like being another tight game which may need extra time and penalties. England of course have already gone to extra time twice in the tournament and gas tanks may well be close to running on empty.
Gareth Southgate’s side are priced at 13.00 to win either after extra time or via a penalty shoot-out. For Belgium, the prices vary slightly; the Red Devils are at 10.00 to win after 120 minutes, but that price rises to 13.00 if the decision goes to spot kicks.
Without deciding on a winner, you can also bet simply on whether or not the game will go to extra-time. An extra half an hour is priced at 6.00, while if you think the game will be wrapped up inside 90 minutes that price drops to 1.12.
The same applies to a penalty shoot-out. The game to be decided by penalties is at 7.00, while no spit kicks is at the short price of 1.10.
Odds (after 90 minutes): Belgium (2.20), England (3.30), draw (3.75)