This is the game which neither of these sides wanted to be playing in, but England and Belgium will contest the Third Placed Playoff on Saturday in Saint Petersburg. Both sides narrowly missed out on a place in the final, with England losing 2-1 to Croatia in Extra Time, whilst Belgium lost 1-0 to France in an extremely tight encounter. Both camps have been saying all of the right things ahead of the game on Saturday, but there can be no doubt that this game is more of an after thought now that both sides World Cup dream is over.
These two sides have already met once in this World Cup, with Belgium coming out on top in a rather bizarre group stage match which had all the hallmarks of a friendly. Belgium won the game 1-0, but both Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez sent out reserves teams in that match and could well do the same again in this one. Southgate will surely look to give minutes to some of his fringe players on Saturday and with the likes of Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson looking like they picked up injuries against Croatia, players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Eric Dier should have a chance to shine.
Ahead of the match, Betfair are running a fantastic looking new customer offer, with the bookmakers offering odds of 50/1 on England to win the match. This represents a huge price boost from the usual odds of 23/10 and gives you a great chance to pick up £50 worth of free bet tokens. To get involved with this offer, simply sign up for a Betfair account using the promotional code, ‘ZFBDQU’, once you have deposited a minimum of £5 into your account, bet (max £1) on England to beat Belgium in the ‘Match Odds (90 minutes only)’ market at the enhanced price. All of the winnings from this offer will be paid in the form of free bets and the qualifying winning stake will be returned as cash. Free bets are valid for 7 days and must be used on the Sportsbook.
As you can see, this offer gives you a great opportunity to pick up £50 worth of free bets! England will want to finish the World Cup on a high after exceeding expectations in Russia and Southgate will be hoping his side finish with a victory over Belgium on Saturday.