Belgium v England Betting Tips: BTTS, World Cup 2018

Belgium and England to both score in third place play-off

Belgium v England - World Cup 2018


Saturday 14th July 2018 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – World – World Cup 2018 Betting Tips

Welcome to my World Cup 2018 betting tips, with Belgium and England due to fight it out at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in what is expected to be a low-key third place play-off which has traditionally been a bit of a non-event in past World Cups.

That said, it’s been a great achievement for both Belgium and England to reach the last four of this World Cup and although they both crashed out at the semi-final stage, neither nation will want to bow out of this tournament on a losing note.

Belgium won Group G ahead of England by a margin of three points, courtesy of their 1-0 win over the Three Lions in the final group match, and the Red Devils then went on to beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 which saw them come from two goals behind to register a memorable last-gasp victory.

Another great result followed as they saw off Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals but then fell at the final hurdle to local rivals, France in a narrow 1-0 defeat. Nevertheless, the likes of Eden Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Dembele, Chadli and Fellaini have impressed throughout, and they should be capable of scoring here.

Onto England, and they so nearly reached the World Cup final but ended up on the losing side as they just couldn’t hold onto their 1-goal lead that they held at half-time through a fantastic free-kick from Kieran Trippier.

England had earlier finished runners-up to tonight’s opponents, Belgium, in Group G but then exceeded expectations when they beat Colombia in the round of last 16 in a tense and bitterly fought duel which saw England come through in a penalty shoot-out with keeper, Jordan Pickford, the hero of the hour.

A solid 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals had the nation believing that England could go all the way, but although they took the lead against Croatia, it was another familiar story with England lacking that extra edge to win when it mattered most, and they ended up losing 2-1 after extra-time.

Striker Harry Kane (6 goals) is in line to grab the Golden Boot, while set-pieces in particular have been a highlight of England’s attacking strategy with defenders Stones and Maguire providing serious aerial threats.

The only player that can now stop Kane from winning the Golden Boot (unless France’s Griezmann scores 4 goals in the final against Croatia), is Belgium’s Lukaku (4 goals), so I’ll back both teams to score in this Group G replay, with both teams expected to throw off the shackles as the pressure has now been lifted for both nations.

Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.54 Marathonbet