WORLD CUP PREVIEW: Belgium, England Seek Consolation During Third Place Playoff

Ahead of the highly anticipated final, the World Cup continues with the third-place playoff between England and Belgium.

Both teams, having being silenced by France and Croatia respectively, find themselves at the end of an impressive campaign, becoming the joint-highest scoring outfits in this tournament.

Romelu Lukaku from the Red Devils with four goals, and Three Lions’ Harry Kane with six goals, are the remaining frontrunners for the FIFA Golden Boot and will be looking to upend each other to that target.

The winner of this bout can take some consolation from a third-place finish at the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.

Our pundits Roxroy McLean and Gavin Riley posit their predictions for tomorrow’s game.

England vs Belgium.

GR: “Both teams may be upset they have come so far and yet, here they are bowing out at the 3rd place playoffs. This is nothing to scoff at however, and they should take the consolation. Up until their semi-final, the Belgians were extremely confident and I expect that mood to continue into this last matchup. Incidentally, these teams have played with lesser stakes, so to speak, and Belgium was the team that came out on top in the group stage. The English may not be in the best spirits after coming so close to repeating 1966 glory, however they will need to brush themselves off against a battle-ready Belgium. I can see England recovering just in time to pose a dangerous threat against Belgium and on that note I expect them to win 3-2.”

RM: “Of the two teams here, Belgium may be the one who feels hard-done-by what some of their players described as ‘anti-football’ displayed by the French in their semi-final clash. Unlike their group stage match, both will field their strongest teams, giving this third place match up more meaning. I am going with Belgium because they are simply the better team tactically and individually. I am predicting a high scoring match with Belgium winning 3-1.”

Saturday’s highly anticipated third-place playoff will be at 9: am Jamaica time at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in the second city St. Petersburg, Russia.

By Roxroy McLean & Gavin Riley

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