World Cup Match 48: England v Belgium

Day 15 of the World Cup continues with an immense battle between heavyweights England and Belgium at the Kaliningrad Stadium. Both sides have qualified for the knockout stages but top spot in Group G is up for grabs.

Stats

What’s their current form?
England were scratchy in their first game, defeating Tunisia 2-1 thanks to a last minute goal by Harry Kane. They then unleashed against Panama, leading 5-0 at halftime before winning 6-1.

Belgium opened with a comfortable 3-0 win over Panama before beating Tunisia 5-2 in an entertaining clash.

Lineups
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson; Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Rose; Kane, Sterling.
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, de Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Both sides have played 12 games this season, for 9 wins and 3 draws. England have scored 22 goals and conceded just 5, while Belgium has bagged 38 goals and let in 9.

What should I be betting on?
Both teams to score in a draw.

Wolf’s Prediction

when the schedule was released it was assumed that this match would determine the group winner. That assumption has become a reality but The Wolf says this one will not live up to the hype. Winning the group means being placed in the same side of the draw as Portugal, France, Argentina and Brazil with the loser to potentially face in Sweden or Switzerland for a spot in the semi finals. Consequently, Belgium have already made it clear that they will rest players. Coach Martinez said that every player deserves to play and that no spots in the team are guaranteed. A draw would mean that the winner is determined by the Fair Play tiebreaker so look for both teams to give away cynical fouls if the scores are tied late. The Wolf is hoping we don’t see a repeat of the France/Denmark clash but there is no doubt what position the two sides would like to finish – second! Both side to maintain their unbeaten run with this one ended in a low scoring draw.

Recommended Bets

Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.60)
Other: 1st Half Under 0.5 goals ($2.50)
Value: Draw & Under 2.5 goals ($3.40)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 8pm (local time) on June 28. In Australia, kick-off will be at 3am on June 29th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi got some game time in the last match and impressed.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 21 games between these sides, with England dominating, scoring 15 wins and 4 draws, while Belgium has had just 2 wins. They last met in 2012 where England won 1-0.

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