2018 World Cup: England v Belgium Tips, Preview and Predictions
June 27, 2018
Gareth Southgate’s men take on Belgium in a clash that will decide who tops Group G.
England have gained maximum points through their opening two fixtures, with a slender win over Tunisia to open their campaign, then a thundering 6-1 thrashing over Panama their second match.
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez’s men looking to be finally fulfilling some of their promise of the big stage, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne lighting up Russia so far.
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So with this huge table topping square-up nearly upon us, we’ve picked out our top tips and odds for England v Belgium.
Batshuayi to score first
Moving from Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, the Belgian forward has enjoyed a terrific 2018 – prolific for the German outfit.
Michy Batshuayi netted seven Bundesliga goals in only 9 starts and boasts a solid record for Martinez’s Red Devils. Scoring in his last World Cup outing and bagging a seven in 18 caps, look to back the 24-year-old to score first at 9/2 with betfair.
Lukaku is likely to be rested after sustaining an ankle injury, so this is Batshuayi’s time to shine.
Red Devils win and both score
This Belgium side is absolutely flying, with a squad most nations can only dream of. But the Three Lions look a tough test after meaningful wins over opponents England routinely struggle against when it matters.
Both sides possess terrific attacking quality and watch for it to show on Thursday.
Paddy Power offer odds of 4/1 on Belgium winning and both teams scoring.