“It’s finally coming home.” That is what everyone in England was saying to each other. But as it turns out this faith was shattered. Instead the English team went down to a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinal. And it was truly a cruel setback. Certainly, when England scored at the five-minute mark faith was at a peak. However, Croatia tied the game at the 68-minute mark. After that the Blazers got the match winner in extra time. Midnight struck for the bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup Cinderella. Naturally a third-place game is a letdown.
2018 FIFA World Cup England vs. Belgium
Date and Time: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 a.m. ET
Location: Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
World Cup Betting Online Odds:
|England||+½ (-137)||3 (+104)|
|Belgium||-½ (+122)||3 (-119)|
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FOX
England began the tournament far away from a top tier favorite. They were nowhere near the bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup powers. Regardless the Three Lions made a run for the ages. Of course, that actually adds to their pain. Likewise, for their shattered fans. Hence, England faces a strong character test going forward. Balanced against that is a new set of expectations. The Three Lions will be a top tier future favorite. Indeed, they showed the talent and speed of an elite contender.
Belgium is also coming off a sports betting setback. What’s more it is the end for what was called their “Golden Age.” Counter to England the Red Devils entered Russia as a top tier favorite. Supplementing that was the deepest and most talented roster in their history. Certainly, Belgium was thought to have the experience edge against France. Yet Les Bleus prevailed in their semi final match 1-0. Despite their explosive offense the Red Devils couldn’t finish. Les Bleus may have lacked experience, Nevertheless the French proved superior.
England manager Gareth Southgate will depart Russia as a celebrated mastermind. At last the Three Lions have a manager that everyone believes in. Southgate’s squad wowed all with their speed. Along the same lines England proved tactically superior. Immediately it was apparent that there was something different about Southgate’s team. Specifically, their youthful enthusiasm was apparent. Increasingly impressive was their team speed. Granted the three Lions were among the youngest teams at the tournament. But that was offset by Southgate’s direction and tactics.
Belgium proved to be one of the most exciting teams in Russia. They flooded the goal in the Group stage. Summing up the Red Devils scored nine goals in three wins. However, it was their 2-1 win over Brazil that cemented their legacy. The Red Devils were the underdog in the quarterfinal match. Although Brazil was more celebrated Belgium earned their most historic victory ever.
Not withstanding the excellent run Belgium faces an uncertain future. As has been noted this was their best chance ever. Conversely in 2022 the Red Devils will have a different squad.
Matchup to Watch
England’s harry Kane is the bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup difference. In sum he has a tournament best six goals. Kane gives the matchup edge to England here.
Bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup : Picks
England will go home with a win and respect.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: England
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: England 2, Belgium 1
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