One day before the great final of the World Cup 2018, the match for the third place is happening. Belgium as well as England lost in the semifinals and are once again meeting each other in the World Cup. The last face off ended in favor of Belgium but the rumors are big saying that England wanted to finish in 2nd place much rather than the first due to the easier bracket later on. This obviously did not work out as planned. Nevertheless, we still see Belgium in the lead. The match will start on Saturday at 4 PM CET.
Belgium looks back at a well-done tournament – Fancied team
Belgium had been one of the fancied teams regarding the title since the very beginning of the World Cup. The group stage went well and was almost flawless! That is when they also beat England in the last group stage match. After an incredible win over Japan with 3:2 in the round of 16, they had to play against Brazil in the quarter-final. Belgium had the mental strength to beat their opponents and moved on into the semi-finals. But, the team from France simply was too strong for Belgium. After a close loss, the tears were huge. Nevertheless, they will do anything to finish the tournament like they started: strong. In our betting tip, we expect Belgium to win.
Football is not coming home – England’s players certainly are
England started with confidence into the tournament even though they avoided having high expectations. Coach Southgate surprised beforehand with an interesting squad. Nevertheless, he had a perfect idea and his selection started awesome into the tournament. During the next game against Columbia, they managed to win in a penalty shootout for the first time in a World Cup. Against Sweden, they won with 2:0 in the regular time. Next up was Croatia. The Three Lions were the fancied team but the underdog was able to first score the equalizer and then, in extra time, scored the 2:1 winning goal. Once again, it was not enough to win the World Cup, but now they want to reach the third place at least. In our betting tip though, we do not expect that to happen.
Betting Tip Belgium vs. England
Belgium is the fancied team with betting odds between 2.15 and 2.25. In case of a win of England, the odds are varying between 3.10 and 3.35. If there is no winner after the regular time the odds are varying from 3.50 to 3.82. Our betting tip: both teams are still disappointed that they did not reach the final. Nevertheless, the regeneration phase was longer for Belgium because they had their game one day earlier and did not have to fight for 120 minutes. Therefore, we expect a win of Belgium in our betting tip.