Belgium will be out for revenge in the Nations League on Sunday after England came from behind to beat them 2-1 in their first League A, Group 2 encounter at Wembley in October.
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England and Belgium could comfortably qualify as a World Cup final that the entire globe would tune into with relative anticipation. However, due to UEFA moving deck chairs, we now get to witness this fixture twice in a single UEFA Nations League campaign. Thanks for that, lads.
However, in somewhat of a rare predicament, at least now we get to watch England actually try to win a competitive game of football outside of a major tournament. And what a time to do it – after a mammoth struggle against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.
Sunday 7.45pm: Belgium v England
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Belgium are the footballing nation that everyone who plays FIFA and wears those three-stripe Adidas tracksuit tops with jeans will tell you are the best in the world.
They’re not, though. I’d actually make that argument for England, especially with the depth they now possess. Am I billing this as a potential hipster beatdown? Too right I am. Here’s a Same Game Multi so you can help your local Belgium enthusiast to a new jumper with the winnings.
Their preparation for this game has been like a dream. Already sewn up progression to the Euros, England could focus on stealing Irish players before flaunting them in front of Stephen Kenny the other night in what was an extended training session.
If England didn’t play a single player that started against Ireland the other night, I’d still make them favourites to beat Belgium – and the prices just don’t suggest the same. Belgium outclassed England early on in their last meeting, but something clicked with the Three Lions and they overwhelmed the Belgians in wide areas – leading to what I think was a comfortable enough England victory in the end.
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There’s no question that Over 2.5 Goals won’t land in this one. If England’s second team can breach the towering partnership of Shane Duffy and Dara O’Shea, imagine what their first team will do the spineless Belgian backline. In all seriousness, you do just have to look at set-piece takers in both these squads to confirm that even when the ball isn’t in play, there’s a serious chance of finding the net with the next kick of the ball.
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He’s been rested so he can take full part in this game, and given that Belgium will employ a back three, I suspect Sterling to be the one to benefit in between the lines.
More known for his link-up now than his goals, Sterling still possesses a unique ability to find the net, even in tight spaces and we’re backing him to try his luck a few times with Raheem Sterling to Have 2 or More Shots on Target.
They’ve not had more than two shots on target in either of their last two UEFA Nations League games, but the key to Belgium is being at home, where their approach differs greatly – and they shoot on sight. Belgium to Have Four or More Shots on Target rounds off our big-value Same Game Multi here.
Tips for Belgium v England
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