Belgium v England Betting Tips – 14th July 2018
England’s semi-final against Croatia started perfectly. After Dele Alli cleverly won a free-kick on the edge of the area, his Tottenham teammate, Kieran Trippier, brilliantly converted.
England were then the better side throughout the first half but were unable to get the second goal to really knock the stuffing out of Croatia. Zlatko Dalic’s men hung on in the opening 45 minutes but were much the better side for the rest of the match and deserved their 2-1 win which was secured via a Mario Mandzukic goal in extra time.
That defeat ended England’s hopes of winning the World Cup but they have one more job to do before the players head off for a well deserved holiday.
On Saturday England face Belgium in the third/fourth place playoff and while it’s not the prize Gareth Southgate and him men wanted, they have every chance of ending their stay in Russia with a win.
England’s Motivation to Drive Them Towards Victory
Although the England players were deflated at the end of extra time against Croatia, that was mainly because they felt as though this was an opportunity missed rather than because they’d been cheated out of the World Cup.
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The mood was rather different among Belgium’s players following their semi-final loss to France. Some Red Devils players went as far as to claim that France played ‘anti-football’ in order to hang onto their 1-0 lead.
The 2018 World Cup may well go down as a chance missed for England but Southgate’s young team will have other chances. That may not be the case with Belgium as many of their star players will be bordering on too old come 2022.
That means the Belgium players will likely be feeling more despondent than their English counterparts. The England players have talked a lot about the support they’ve received both in Russia and back at home and we think they’ll be able to repay that support with one more win at 23/10 with Betfair.
Goals Can Flow as the Intensity Drops
Truth be told, nobody wants to play in the third/fourth playoff. It’s a match that everybody could do without and there is none of the intensity of the rest of the tournament.
When Belgium narrowly beat England 1-0 in the group stage both Roberto Martinez and Gareth Southgate made wholesale changes to their team and we are likely to see those fringe players get a chance to shine once again.
We think the result will be different this time around in more than one respect. As well as backing England we’re adding a bet on over 2.5 goals at 8/13 with BetVictor to our Belgium v England betting tips.
The drop in intensity will affect the defences of both teams and the attacking talent on display should at least ensure an entertaining game. A bet on both teams to score also looks wise at 5/9 with Sun Bets.
Vardy to End a Frustrating Month with a Goal
Jamie Vardy did not think that he would play just a bit part in England’s World Cup campaign when he boarded the plane to Russia.
Off the back of another good season, Vardy had hoped he would be the man to partner Harry Kane up front so he cannot have helped but feel frustrated watching Raheem Sterling get start after start.
Vardy has thrived on proving people wrong throughout his career and he’ll love to send out a message to Southgate that he should have played more in Russia. We think he’ll do just that so recommend betting on Vardy to score at 12/5 with Unibet.