What to expect in Belgium vs England third-place play-off

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 18:34 hrs
What to expect in Belgium vs England third-place play-off

1.Both Belgium and England lost their respective World Cup semifinals but they have a lot to play for in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

2.For starters, having missed out on the chance to play in the World Cup final, this is their best chance to redeem some of the lost pride.

3.And this match always promises to be a spectacle. The last 4 World Cup finals have seen just 6 goals but the last 4 third-place play-offs have seen a whopping 17 strikes!

4.Having missed out on the chance to play the biggest football match of their careers, the players instead of returning home empty-handed have another chance to win something.

5.Harry Kane has 6 goals for England while Romelu Lukaku has 4. Both of them will be eyeing the Golden Boot and have a chance to seal that on Saturday.

6.In 1990, Salvatore Schillaci won the Golden Boot thanks to a late penalty in the third-place play-off. Thomas Muller repeated the trick in 2010. Who is it going to be this time?

7.The flip side is that defeat in this match would mean 2 losses in a row. Imagine having a brilliant World Cup only to finish with 2 defeats.

8.Belgium have already beaten England once at this World Cup, in the group stages. England will be looking for revenge this time around.

9.At least, three goals have been scored in every World Cup third-place play-off since 1974. So get ready for another blockbuster on Saturday!

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