After the heartbreak of their respective losses, Belgium and England go head-to-head with bronze at stake.
The Red Devils struggled to break through a resolute French backline in the semi-final, while Gareth Southgate’s young guns ran out of steam in the 2-1 extra-time defeat against a Luka Modric inspired Croatia.
Where and when: Krestovsky Stadium – 14 July, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Belgium vs. England: ITV
Last time: Former Manchester United prodigy Adnan Januzaj scored the only goal when the nations met in the group-stages. Belgium advanced with maximum points before meeting Japan in an epic in the Round of 16.
|Fellaini to score and be carded||16/1||Offer|
|England to win 2-1||19/2||Offer|
Belgium v England Predictions and Preview
With two games remaining, there is still plenty to play for at this summer’s World Cup. Roberto Martinez’ dejected troops produced perhaps the best 45 minutes of the competition during the first-half of the quarter-final with Brazil. The Red Devils blew away the opposition, and appeared on course to fulfilling their collective potential. Nevertheless, Belgium can come away with third spot and will almost certainly be classed as one of the tournament favourites for EURO 2020.
In a clash between two sets of players familiar with each other at club level, it promises to be a fascinating battle, particularly with the golden boots still up for grabs. Harry Kane leads the way with six and unless Romelu Lukaku plunders in a hat-trick, will take home the trophy. Kane, who has looked unfit since the Colombia match, will be eager to feature but may have to settle for a spot on the bench. Despite this, the Spurs star is 10/11 to strike anytime during the 90 minutes.
Goals are expected, and Lukaku is 5/6 in the same betting and Belgium will be set up to get the best out of the burly striker. Both teams to score is viewed as a formality at 1/2 while England cult hero Harry Maguire is 30/1 to open proceedings.
Belgium can be found at 5/4 to take the spoils while England are 11/5. After their memorable penalty success against Colombia, the Three Lions can be backed at 14/1 to repeat their exploits after extra-time has concluded.
One to watch for Belgium: Michy Batshuayi has played second fiddle to Lukaku all tournament but should get some game time with wholesale changes expected. The Chelsea owned striker is 11/2 to net last.
One to watch for England: Similarly, Marcus Rashford is expected to get a run out and is 7/1 in the same market. The 20-year-old is also a useful option at set-pieces.
Long shot: Belgium lead the way with 14 competition goals and have attacking threats all over the pitch. Martinez operates with a 3-4-3 formation with forward thinking players lining up as wing-backs in support of Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne and an altered line-up isn’t likely to effect the contest. A comfortable 3-1 win for the Red Devils is available at 15/1.