Competition: World Cup
Market: Belgium win
Odds: 6/5 @ Bet 365
Belgium and England meet for the second time at this World Cup as they compete for third place in Russia. The Red Devils were beaten by France 1-0 before Croatia bettered the Three Lions 2-1 after extra time to set up the Saturday showdown.
For Roberto Martinez’s side, although they may have come up with a 1-0 loss to France on Tuesday, The Red Devils dominated large sections of the game and many believe the better team lost. While their Golden Generation may not have managed to reach the final two, their loss to Les Bleus was Belgium’s first defeat of any kind since a friendly loss against Spain in September 2016. After beating England 1-0 in the final matchup of Group G, the former Wigan boss will be confident of doing the double on Saturday afternoon.
As for Gareth Southgate’s side, while his young squad undoubtedly overachieved at this summers finals, coming off the back of their heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time, the England manager is expecting to make a list of changes. Now only managing to keep a single clean sheet in their last six World Cup appearances, one man who will almost certainly be given a break is captain Harry Kane. Although he has found the net six times in the tournament, the Tottenham hitman has now failed to have a single shot on target in his last three knockout matches. This will also be the first time since 2002 where two nations have played each other more than once.
Bet: Belgium to beat England in Saturdays World Cup third-place matchup 6/5 @ Bet 365
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