Belgium will lock horns with England in one of the most awaited matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Both teams have made it into the round of 16 already, with wins over Tunisia and Panama in their first two fixtures earning them maximum points.
Tonight’s match will be majorly to determine who finishes above the other in the group.
We have prepared below a preview of the match, focusing on popular betting markets to help you wager wisely. All odds used in the article are the latest from bookie Betfair.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIPS
With two wins apiece and the same goal difference, it would be hard to determine who takes all three points tonight.
Roberto Martinez had earlier hinted at making nine changes to the Red Devils’ starting line up with star players such as Eden Hazard expected to miss. Gareth Southgate, similarly, is expected to rest a number of key players with a qualification spot already sealed. In words of one syllable, neither of the teams will be fielding their strongest squad tonight, which makes it an open game with multiple possibilities.
Betfair have given England a favourites’ backing of 13/8 while a Belgium win is a lucrative 23/10. A draw is a 19/10 bet.
Harry Kane is chasing the golden boot, having bagged a whopping five goals already. Perhaps that would make Southgate want to start his captain tonight. The Tottenham Hotspur man is set at 5/4 to find the back of the net and 16/5 to be the first on the scoresheet. Jamie Vardy and Romelu Lukaku are both 2/1 to score anytime and 9/2 to score first albeit the latter is unlikely to be in the starting lineup.
A quadruple of Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi can all be backed at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game. Welbeck and Rashford, however, lead the latter two at 11/4 against 13/5 to score anytime. If you fancy Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling to finally get on the scoresheet for England, the odds are down at 16/5.
OVER/UNDER 2.5 MATCH GOALS
The last group match for either team produced a staggering 7 goals, but there is a catch in case you think this foreshadows what should happen tonight. Most star players will be on the bench, and that means the fixture may turn out to be more insipid than anticipated. We predict an under 2.5 goals scoreline, a prospect set at a massive 8/15. The contrary is down at 6/4.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
England have kept just one clean sheet in their last six fixtures. Even against minnows Panama, they conceded. Belgium, on the other hand, have kept an incredible 5 clean sheets out of a possible seven in their latest run of fixtures. A more consistent backline may be what wins Belgium another clean sheet tonight, even if it is a goalless draw.
Betfair have quoted the prospect of only one of the teams at most finding the back of the net at 5/6 with the contrary is a more lucrative EVS.