Belgium vs England – Third Place Playoff – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

Sadly, Football is not coming home, but the Three Lions are not yet done in the FIFA World Cup. England will face other losing semi-finalists Belgium in the third-place play-off at Saint Petersburg Stadium on Saturday. England lost to Croatia in the extra time of their semi-final in a heart-breaking manner. Following an early goal from Kieran Trippier, England looked set for their first World Cup final after 1966. However, goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic dumped England out of the competition. Despite their exit, the English side has…

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World Cup 2018 Group G – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

Will the football finally return home this year? England are not among the favourites to win the tournament, but they will certainly fancy themselves to book a place in the last-16. The Three Lions will compete with formidable Belgium for the top spot in Group G. Tunisia and Panama are remaining nations in the group. We take a look at four sides and their hopes of qualifying from Group G Belgium The Belgian squad is brimming with talent, but they have underperformed in recent tournaments. In 2014 Brazil, the Red…

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Twitter can’t believe former Everton coach is the new Belgium manager

In a shocking move, former Everton manager Roberto Martinez was appointed as the manager of the Belgium national team. The Spanish manager, who was sacked by Everton last season, was recently linked with the Hull City, but his appointment at the helm of Belgium national team has shocked everyone. Martinez will succeed Marc Wilmots, who was sacked following this summer’s Euro 2016. Twitter was definitely shocked to hear the news: Who saw that coming? Roberto Martinez has been appointed the new head coach of Belgium.https://t.co/rbfYkjpnyO pic.twitter.com/xYz3QhCvW0 — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August…

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Wales vs Belgium – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

Wales will be intent on taking their epic journey through Euro 2016 all the way into the semi-finals when they head to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to meet Belgium, who have now begun to spread their wings and look capable of fulfilling their considerable potential. It is a clash that carries great significance for both sides, and one that sees the renewal of a rivalry that developed during qualifying for this tournament. Belgium emerged as group winners, but could not find a way past Chris Coleman’s side home or away, with…

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Scouting Chelsea’s new golden boy Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea fans will be able to watch a new striker at Stamford Bridge next season, as the Blues paid £33.2 million to Marseille for Michy Batshuayi. Crystal Palace, West Ham and Juventus were also interested in the Belgium international, with Palace having their £31.6m bid accepted by the Ligue 1 club on Monday. However, Batshuayi turned down the move to Palace once Chelsea registered their interest in his services. The 22-year-old, who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, will be the first signing of Antonio Conte’s spell at the…

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Belgium and Manchester United star gets insulted on his Facebook page

On Sunday, Belgium qualified for the Euro 2016 quater-finals by beating Hungary 4-0. Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini played just ten minutes but received a yellow card for elbowing Adam Szalai. Still, the midfielder celebrated his country’s victory on Facebook with this post: “Congrats my little ones,” referring to goalscorers Michy Batshuayi and Yannick Carrasco. However, the reactions on Fellaini’s post weren’t positive at all. A bunch of Hungarian fans took their frustration out on the Belgian midfielder. Here are some of the most notable reactions:

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Euro 2016 Hazard lies in wait for Wales

Belgium’s golden generation produced an extremely polished performance to beat Hungary 4-0 and breeze into the quarter finals of Euro 2016, where they will play Wales. Inspired by the brilliance of Eden Hazard who set-up one goal and scored another in the space of two second half minutes, Belgium delivered their most impressive display of the tournament, despite being wasteful in front of goal. After Toby Alderweireld headed Belgium ahead from Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick, the game swung from end-to-end and remained evenly poised until the 78th minute when…

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Euro 2016 – Revenge on Irish minds as they take on France

Coming into the final round of group matches, it looked an extremely tough ask for the Republic of Ireland to beat Italy and qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016, particularly on the evidence of their previous outing against Belgium. However, a terrific display and a late headed goal from Robbie Brady saw them do just that, securing a berth as one of the four best third-placed teams. It sets up a rather enticing encounter with hosts France, which immediately evokes memories of the two-legged play-off these sides contested…

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England drop spot in bookmakers’ Euro 2016 rankings

England survived Group B at Euro 2016 and are through to the round of 16 in France, where they will face Iceland on Monday June 27 in the Allianz Riviera in Nice. The Three Lions surprisingly finished second behind Wales and that has had some consequences with the bookmakers. Website oddschecker.com keeps track of the Euro 2016 bets of 27 bookmakers, among them Unibet, Bwin, Betway, Bet365 and Paddypower. France still lead the way with a four to one chance to win the competition on their home soil. That’s lower than…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Belgium back on track

The manner in which Belgium began Euro 2016 in losing comfortably at the hands of Italy left them with a huge point to prove, and they responded ideally by breezing past the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. It now means that only a draw against Sweden will be enough to send them through to the knockout stages in second place. Coach Marc Wilmots had no option but to make changes to his starting line-up after that opening performance, bringing in the excellent Mousa Dembele in midfield and replacing square peg…

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Republic of Ireland ready to rise to the occasion

Disciplined, organised, powerful, resolute and spirited. Each of those qualities are possessed in abundance by Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side, who produced a fine performance in drawing 1-1 with Sweden in their first game of Euro 2016. Playing with determination, endeavour and a great deal of passion, both teams acquitted themselves extremely well in a thoroughly entertaining match, which the Republic were nevertheless left feeling frustrated at not having won. After going ahead deservedly through Wes Hoolahan’s fine strike in the 49th minute, they tried to defend that lead…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Belgium under scrutiny after opening loss

Given the expectation and anticipation surrounding Belgium coming into Euro 2016, their opening performance against Italy was a huge disappointment. It has led to many doubts over their credentials, so the onus will be on them to respond in positive style by defeating a Republic of Ireland side that will undoubtedly work tirelessly and attempt to frustrate them at every opportunity. Belgium saw a lot of the ball in Lyon, but clear chances were scarce in a match where the difference between the two sides was very evident. Marc Wilmot’s…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Can star-studded Belgium live up to their billing?

It has long been acknowledged that the highlight of the opening round of group fixtures is the meeting between Belgium and Italy; the team currently reaping the rewards of its golden generation against a nation that is one of the world’s most successful, but now suffering from a relative dearth of talent. It finally takes place on Monday evening, where both sides will be expected to deliver a statement of intent. Belgium are full of top quality individuals, many of whom grace the English Premier League. Second in the world…

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Euro 2016: the favourites and biggest outsiders

The start of the 2016 European Championship, on June 10 in Paris (France), is still a couple of months away. But it’s never too early to take a look at the favourites to win the tournament and the national squads that are listed as the biggest outsiders to challenge for Euro 2016. Three favourites It’s never easy to pinpoint the biggest tournament favourite to put your money on, but Germany seems to be the one team that jumps to everyone’s mind in this regard. The reigning world champions have made…

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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke could miss Man United clash

Liverpool could be without star striker Christian Benteke for this weekend’s clash with Manchester United after picking up a knock whist on international duty with Belgium, the Daily Express reports. The 24-year-old was brought off at half-time of Belgium’s 1-0 win over Cyprus on Sunday night and replaced by fellow Liverpool forward Divock Origi, in what was initially thought to be a tactical change by manager Marc Wilmots. However, having only recently returned from a thigh strain, reports in the Liverpool Echo suggest that he may be struggling to be…

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Wales vs Belgium – Match preview and team news

Wales will be almost on the brink of securing qualification for Euro 2016 if they can get the better of Belgium in a top of the table clash in Group A. The visitors lead the table by virtue of goal difference, with both sides having won three and drawn two of their five games so far, a sequence that includes the goalless draw between the pair back in November. On that day Wales defended heroically and cancelled out the World Cup quarter-finalists, who badly misfired. A similar performance as well…

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