Belgium v England tips – back Red Devils to shine

A few years ago, Belgium were regarded as an unremarkable football team with little to recommend them, although things changed after they qualified for the 2014 World Cup and the Red Devils haven’t looked back since reaching the knockout stage of that competition.

Indeed, Roberto Martinez’s side were arguably the best side at the 2018 World Cup and were unlucky to be on the receiving end of a 1-0 defeat against France at the semi-final stage after previously knocking out favourites Brazil, so we have to treat them with respect and the FIFA World Rankings currently has the Belgians top of the pile.

Belgium Could Be a Great Bet Against England

Although Belgium came off worse at Wembley Stadium when England managed to win by a 2-1 scoreline on 11 October, it was noticeable that the Red Devils were by far the stronger team in the opening exchanges and could have been more than a goal to the good before Marcus Rashford levelled things from the spot shortly before half-time.

However, Martinez’s men are still in control of their own destiny considering that the Belgians have won their other three group games and they are continuing their high-scoring ways considering there are ten goals on the board and four conceded in the group stage thus far.

Leading scorer Romelu Lukaku has been included to play despite missing the recent Champions League game for Inter against Real Madrid, with Dries Mertens also a livewire and we’re always looking forward to seeing Kevin de Bruyne operate in that dangerous attacking midfield position.

How Will England Approach Match at Den Dreef?

Thanks to a 1-0 home defeat against Denmark, Gareth Southgate’s side will probably need to win this clash in order to go through to the final four as they did in the summer of 2019, although that could be a tall order considering a risky attacking approach could see them picked off at the back.

There continues to be an issue with the goalkeeper position where Jordan Pickford commands the number one spot without really having a serious challenger, while the fact that England made defensive mistakes against the Danes and Belgians doesn’t bode well in this match.

On the flip side, Southgate can call upon some fantastic attacking players and that includes talisman Harry Kane who has driven Tottenham to new heights this season, with Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho pressing a claim to occupy the wide positions either side of their skipper.

Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice are capable operators in central midfield and it’s just a shame that England can’t call upon the excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold in the right-back position although the Three Lions are blessed as far as this position is concerned.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

Belgium are an exciting attacking team and we ultimately think they will get their revenge for that defeat in October and claim a victory in this clash, with Martinez’s men looking an attractive price to enjoy three points and take a step closer to the Nations League finals.

However, we might see an open game of football being played in Leuven and the 7/10 about both teams finding the net looks an attractive bet, with England looking to get on the front foot against their opponents and aiming to outscore them.

You can get an attractive 19/20 with Unibet about Over 2.5 Goals and that has been the case in all of Belgium’s Nations League games so far in this campaign, while there’s a temptation to back the Red Devils and both teams to score at the available betting odds of 15/4.

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