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Belgium v England betting preview
Belgium loss to France marked the first defeat in 25 matches across all competitionsSaturday's contest marks the second meeting between these two sides at this year's tournament, as Belgium beat the Three Lions 1-0 in the final group stage match. With both teams having already secure the qualification to knock-out stage, it was was essentially a reserves' match. The Red Devils will try to rebound from its first shutout defeat in competitive play in over two years as they lost 1-0 against France in a hard-fought World Cup Semifinal few days ago. Roberto Martinez's men will also benefit from an extra day's rest and the fact they didn't go to extra-time. Romelu Lukaku has scored 23 goals in his 23 appearances under Roberto Martinez for Belgium, though he’s not scored in any of his last three.
Thomas Meunier will start on Saturday after missing out against France due to suspension. Apart from that Roberto Martinez is unlikely to make any changes, altough Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens are pushing to make starting XI. Romelu Lukaku trails Harry Kane by two goals in the Golden Boot standing and is expected to feature from the off, in a desperate attempt to reach the current top scorer. He will be supported by Eden Hazard as number ten, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini as central midfielders. Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen are likely to form the three man backline once again.
England players will be welcomed as heroes when they land on the British soilEngland is coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in extra time to Croatia. Kieran Trippier’s fine free-kick had given England the lead early-on, and they had chances to score again, but they were squandered, and this allowed Croatia to equalise after the break, and then Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal. Prior to that, the Three Lions knocked out Colombia on penalties (after a 1-1 draw) and eased past Sweden (2-0). Despite losing the direct match in the Group stage, England have faced Belgium 22 times in their history, winning 15 and losing three. The Three Lions's last four matches have been all Under 2.5 goals games and Harry Kane hasn’t had a shot on target in his last four hours and 33 minutes of action at the World Cup.
With Gareth Southgate playing largely the same starting XI throughout the tournament, it would make obvious sense for him to ring the changes. Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, and Jordan Henderson are all potential doubts for the game though and should be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Jones and Eric Dier. Up front, Harry Kane is expected to start as he is in pole-position to win the Golden Boot. Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford are in contention to replace Raheem Sterling and partner the Tottenham striker. In midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph are pushing for a start and could replace Dele Alli or Jesse Lingard. Jordan Pickford is expected to start in goal, but Gareth Southgate must surely be tempted to give Jack Butland some game time.
Belgium v England Starting Lineups Belgium (3-5-1-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Chadli, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne; Hazard; Lukaku
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Jones, Stones, Maguire; Alexander-Arnold, Rose, Dier, Alli, Lingard; Rashford, Kane
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