England – Belgium
This is the game from Group G of the FIFA World Cup which we all have been waiting for – England versus Belgium. The two giants in the group, which will decide who is going to win this group. Here are our winning soccer predictions for the game.
Both teams are having the same amount of points (6) and exactly the same goal difference (8-2). This means that right now England are leading the group based on the fair play criteria and the amount of yellow cards in both teams. Both sides are dominating in this group, but it’s far from surprising. After all, the other two teams in the group are Tunisia and Panama, so it was expected to happen.
England had some problems in their first game, beating Tunisia after a goal in the end by Harry Kane. But against Panama they were far more decisive, beating its opponent with 6-1. Meanwhile Harry Kane is already leading the goalscorer chart at the World Cup with 5 goals scored so far.
Belgium started their participation at the World Cup with a 3-0 win against Panama, which was followed by a 5-2 win against Tunisia. The Red Devils have a really impressive squad at the moment, so it’s not a surprise that they are among the favourites to win the World Cup. Or at least to reach the final.
The curious moment here is that probably both teams would like to finish second in the group, not first. The reason for that is the fact that the winner in this group will most probably play against Brazil at the 1/4-finals. While the team which is second have an easier way to the 1/2-finals.
England’s manager Gareth Southgate stated that his players are not thinking about this. He promised that the Three Lions will play only to win against Belgium. “We are not thinking about who we might face in the future rounds”, said Southgate, answering to the journalists’ questions.
There’s something exciting about this English team. This time the Three Lions have a spectacular team, filled with young and hungry for success players. A lot of the Engish fans are optimists that this team can reach the final of the competition. Scoring 8 goals in the first two games was a good way to raise this optimism among the fans. But now England will have a real test ahead of them against Belgium.
The Red Devils are enjoying probably their best generation ever. The manager Roberto Martinez is lucky enough to have world class players at almost every position – from the goalkeeper to the striker. Everyone thinks that this Belgian team is now ready to do something big.
So far these two teams have played two times against each other at the World Cup. In 1954 they made a thrilling 4-4 draw, while in 1990 England beat the Red Devils with 1-0 after extra time. England are without a loss against Belgium in their last 11 games, which is a serious statistic. Only once until now England have won all of their three matches in the group stage – in 1982.
These are our winning soccer predictions for the World Cup game between England and Belgium. This is one of the big derbies in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, so you shall be thrilled to see it. After playing so far until Tunisia and Panama, this game should give us a real look at these two teams’ strengh. This is England and Belgium’s first real test on Russian soil.