World Cup 2018

See the predicted Belgium side to face England

 • by Danny Lee
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Belgium face England in the third/fourth-place playoff on Saturday afternoon – the two nations meeting in a meaningless fixture for the second time at this World Cup.

The two nations met in the final Group G fixture, having both qualified for the knockout rounds with the Red Devils winning a drab affair contested by two second strings 1-0.

The Belgians faced tough opposition in their semi-final in France, now favourites for the tournament, and were beaten by Samuel Umtiti‘s crashing header from a corner. Meanwhile, England were taken to extra time by a resilient and determined Croatia side, eventually going down 2-1.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the game is the Golden Boot shoot-out between Manchester United hitman Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur forward’s six goals mean he is odds-on to clinch the award.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Belgium side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, and the statistical likelihood of a player being selected. The widget can also show you players’ recent form and stats.

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