England will be looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats against Belgium when these two World Cup semi-finalists go head to head for a third time in two years.
Belgium seem to have England’s number at the minute having beaten them twice in the last World Cup. What’s more, Roberto Martinez’ men currently sit above the Three Lions in League A of the UEFA Nations League.
Both nations took on Denmark and Iceland in their opening two games of the competition however, while Belgium collected all six points with ease, England only managed four following a 1-0 win over Iceland and a bore 0-0 draw with Denmark.
Bearing this in mind, it’s little surprise to see that Belgium are the 13/8 favourites to win Sunday’s encounter. England, on the other hand, are currently available at around the 17/10 mark.
In spite of recent issues in Gareth Southgate’s squad, the much-changed England team put on a strong display in their 3-0 win over Wales last Thursday. Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings plus, a man of the match performance from Jack Grealish shows that England certainly have plenty of options.
Belgium also fielded an experimental side in their 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast. Interestingly, this result ended the country’s run of 12 consecutive wins on the international stage.
Looking at the head to head record between England and Belgium, one thing is clear – it is always a close contest. Belgium’s 2-0 win over the Three Lions in the third-place play-off at the last World Cup was the first time that this fixture was won by a margin of more than one goal.
Previous World Cup meetings in 1990 and 1954 both went to extra-time while their encounter in Euro 1980 saw both sides play out a 1-1 draw.
Bearing this in mind, our recommendation is to back a draw at the current price of 12/5. This is a good offer considering how close this fixture has been priced by the bookmakers.
For those looking for a bigger price, the correct score market certainly offers plenty of options. For instance, a 1-1 draw is currently priced at 5/1 while a 2-2 result is available at around 11/1.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change