2018 FIFA World Cup – England vs Belgium Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 28th June, 19:00

Where? Kaliningrad Stadium

What channel is it on? ITV1

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-g-belgium-panama-tunisia-england-tickets/ca5917

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • England are buoyed by their 6-1 hammering of Panama on Sunday and will look forward to testing themselves against this strong Belgian team.
  • Southgate will make some changes but not wholesale ones as he plans to keep the team fresh so Dier, Rose and Rashford could come in.
  • The back three and Pickford are likely to remain unchanged while Harry Kane will start as he bids to win the Golden Boot in Russia.

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):

Pickford

Walker, Stones, Maguire

Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Rose

Lingard, Rashford

Kane

Unavailable:
None

Doubtful: Alli

BELGIUM

  • Belgium have already qualified for the Round of 16 like England as they come into this final group match against Southgate's men.
  • Roberto Martinez will use this match to test the fitness of Kompany and Vermaelen with the defensive duo both expected to start.
  • Romelu Lukaku is struggling with a knock and is unlikely to be risked here while De Bruyne and Eden Hazard could both be rested.

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):

Courtois

Alderweireld, Kompany, Vermaelen

Meunier, Fellaini, Dembele, Chadli

Mertens, T. Hazard

Batshuayi

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Kompany, R. Lukaku

THE PREDICTION

All the talk is around both of these teams resting players although England seem the more likely of the two to field a stronger side. That said, the intensity levels in this game will likely drop off and that could lead to a stalemate so expect a share of the points in this one.