The 2018 FIFA world cup is finally but sadly a day away from its end. The 3rd place match will take place today followed by the grand finale tomorrow. After 30 days of competitive action, dazzling performances and goal galore, the end of the world cup is in sight. This article will discuss the 3rd place match on display today.
Today’s 3rd place and day 31 match between Belgium and England sees both team clash for the 2nd time. There is little at stake, a chance to go home with a medal and a smile on their faces. Though both teams will be down following their sad defeat in the semi-finals, they should still captivate us considering there is a chance to end the tournament on a high.
3RD PLACE: BELGIUM VS ENGLAND
Belgium and England renew rivalries when they play each other in today’s 3rd place match. This match is the 2nd meeting between the two sides at this year’s world cup. This is also the 1st time two teams meet twice at the same world cup since 2002. In that year’s world cup Brazil and Turkey met twice, first in the group stage and later in the semi-finals. Both teams have one last chance to exit the tournament with a little smile on their faces and a medal to boot.
Today’s 3rd place match between Belgium and England will be contested at the Krestovsky Stadium at 3pm UK time. It is a return match between the two sides, one that should still carry some importance despite the non-competitive edge to it. Belgium and England is a common fixture and their last 22 matches’ reads 15 England win, 2 Belgium win and 5 draws. Belgium will be hoping to win this one to curtail England’s dominance.
Belgium have recorded 4 wins and a defeat in their last 5 matches. Their most recent result is the 1 nil loss to France in the semi-finals. England have also produced 3 wins and 2 defeats in that same run. The 2-1 loss to Croatia in the semi-finals is their latest result. Both teams go into the match with a defeat and low spirit hoping to end their campaign on high note.
Belgium will be playing in their second 3rd place match this afternoon. They were defeated in the first one 4-2 by France. Belgium have lost just 2 of their last 26 matches. England have also played in the 3rd place match once, losing 2-1 to Italy. England’s recent defeat to Croatia meant that was their 100th competitive defeat in major tournaments.
3RD PLACE: WHO WINS?
Both teams have performed admirably and beyond expectations, perhaps more so for England than Belgium. They again possess a relatively youthful side and high proportion of England based players. They have top stars at their disposal too. While Belgium can call on Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku and Courtois, England can also call on Kane, Stones, Henderson and Sterling.
England have an upper hand over Belgium considering they have defeated them in 15 of their last 22 matches. The recent form of Belgium and their recent win over England should negate that advantage. This match is a chance for both teams to go home with a little simile on their faces so it should be fought with everything they got. There is more in this match for Belgium than England considering they came to the tournament with their golden generation hoping to win something. I however see England being the team to go home with a simile on their faces.
3RD PLACE OF THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
The 2018 FIFA world cup is a day away from conclusion with the 3rd place match on show today. I have made my analysis and predictions after a step by step evaluation of the information at my disposal. Read carefully and comment on it in the comment section. Share your opinions on it using the information above if you disagree as well.
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