FIFA World Cup 2018 third-place play-off will be between Belgium and England. The two would’ve wished to play for the trophy in the Sunday final but they lost to France and Croatia respectively. The clash on Saturday will be all about the cash. This is because the winners will take home $24 million as compared to $22 million pocketed by the fourth team. For this reason, the two teams know this match is important. The Golden Boot race is not over yet. Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku can still win it and this match might decide who takes it home.
The showpiece has been tough on fans especially those who are trying to place a bet. It is the reason why we want you to be cocksure when and where to invest your hard-earned cash. All our predictions in the round of 16 and quarterfinals were 100 percent correct. Who will finish third in 2018 World Cup showdown? Take a look at the following tips and predictions; we hope this information helps you make an informed decision courtesy of Bet9ja.
Third Place Play-off
TIME: CAT 1600, EAT 1700
Belgium Vs. England
Belgium and England meet for the second time at this World Cup as they compete for third place in Russia tomorrow at 5PM. Catch the action LIVE on World Football Ch.254 DTT/245 DTH, Sports Premium Ch.252 DTT/246 DTH and Sports Focus Ch.250 DTT/240 DTH. #FIFAWCOnStarTimes pic.twitter.com/gIrUf211qr
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Belgium and England finished first and second respectively in Group G. They faced each other in the final group match and Red Devils won the match 1-0 thanks to a beautiful goal scored by Adnan Januzaj. Both managers were criticized for making too many changes. None of the two wanted to finish top of the group because this meant meeting the top teams. All this is not important now because the journey to glory is over. The Saturday tie will be all about money and pride. Nobody really remembers the team that finished third let alone the runners-up.
Roberto Martinez was quick to emphasize the importance of finishing on a high after the defeat against France. He knows his team deserved more and he wants to make sure they go out with one more victory to finish third. Three Lions came out worse on Wednesday against Croatia. This is because they threw away a 1-0 to lose 2-1.
The noise about the ‘Trophy coming home’ might have made the defeat even more painful. The team is young and inexperienced. They might struggle to lift themselves up and go again on Saturday against the Red Devils. For this reason, this game might be over before it starts. The English boys want to go home now and another game makes it hard for them.
What can we expect from this game?
#ENG came to Russia 2018 with the objective of putting pride back into the shirt, inspiring their supporters and uniting the country. They achieved all this, as the most inexperienced #WorldCup side, and can still finish third.
— Laure James, FIFA (@FIFAWorldCupENG) July 11, 2018
The two managers are likely to give fringe players a chance to impress on the big stage. England players looked tired and worn out when the game went to extra time. Ashley Young and Kieran Trippier left the pitch looking like they can’t give anything else in this tournament. Harry Kane and John Stones batteries need to be recharged but Jordan Henderson will be happy to be dropped on Saturday. This means Gareth Southgate must make several changes.
On the other hand, Roberto Martinez troops fought to the end. They looked like they can go for one more hour but the French defended for their lives to the end. The Red Devils will be pumped up for this clash on Saturday. The likes of Mitch Batshuayi will be given a chance and they will trouble the English defense.
While Belgium and England will both be disappointed to be in the FIFA #WorldCup third place playoff, the match gives both teams an opportunity to leave the tournament on a high. https://t.co/wO7YeERzhS
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) July 13, 2018
Belgium 1-0 victory in the final group match was their first ever victory against England in seven meetings. They had lost twice and drawn four times. We all know this does not really matter because the Red Devils have a golden generation hungry for glory. They will both go for it and my money is on Roberto Martinez side
We Predict Belgium Win (Winner Third Place Play-off)