England v Belgium Betting Tips
Fans of the England national football team used to have a reputation for getting carried away with themselves. Despite a lack of success of any note since winning the World Cup in 1966, several England teams have headed to international tournaments with massive expectations.
After a string of poor performances, expectations were much more muted ahead of the 2018 World Cup but it has not taken long for them to reach silly levels again.
The narrow win over Tunisia 2-1 the 6-1 victory over a very poor Panama side saw wild celebrations in parts of England. We’ve already seen Russian fans have to change their expectations after their 3-0 humbling at the hands of Uruguay but will England fans be eating humble pie or dreaming of World Cup success after their final Group G match against Belgium?
Will Martinez’s Rotation Cost Belgium?
It’s the sort of problem that Bert van Marwijk would love to have but both Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez have big decisions to make ahead of this game.
England and Belgium have both qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup no matter what happens and the dilemma is where to draw the line between wanting to win Group G and the desire to keep key players fresh for the latter stages.
The early indications are that Martinez will make many more changes to his Belgium team than Southgate will with England. That could just make the difference in a game that the bookies are struggling to call.
While Martinez has suggested that he’ll be making changes with the primary aim of giving players a taste of World Cup football, Southgate is trying to give England the best chance of winning by shoring up the midfield and using pacey players to exploit the space behind the high defensive line held by Belgium.
We think Southgate will win the tactical battle against Martinez (a manager who has many critics) so take the $2.80 that William Hill are quoting on an England win.
Pace the Key as England Look to Set the Template for Future Success
Gareth Southgate has won many fans for the way that he’s taken to being England manager after being thrust into the role due to the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
He is clearly a man with a plan and, alongside his coaching staff, that plan is coming over loud and clear to the England players.
Southgate knows that things are about to get a lot tougher for England and we should see the Three Lions adopt a more cautious approach than they’ve taken so far. Sitting deeper and winning the midfield battle will allow England to exploit their natural pace on the counterattack even when up against superior opposition.
The likes of Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling love seeing space behind a defence. That space should be particularly abundant as Belgium are set to welcome Vincent Kompany back into the heart of their defence.
The Man City defender has had trouble when running back to his goal in the past. Given that England will have pacey players on the pitch and on the bench, a bet on them scoring in both halves is tempting at $4.00 with Bet365.
England aren’t quite blessed with as many top class options from a defensive standpoint so it’s also worth betting on both teams to score at $1.83 with bookmaker.com.au
Finally, consider backing Jamie Vardy to score the game’s last goal at $7.50 with Unibet. The Leicester striker has not had the playing time he’s wished for at the World Cup but will get a chance to shine and will offer a constant threat.
England v Belgium Top Betting Tips
England to win at $2.80 with William Hill
England to score in both halves a $4.00 with Bet365
Both teams to score at $1.83 with bookmaker.com.au
Jamie Vardy to score last at $7.50 with Unibet