Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will see its winner getting decided when the top two challengers, England and Belgium, go up against each other on 28th June at the Kaliningrad Stadium. Undoubtedly the biggest challenge for England in the group stages, Belgium have been strong enough to earn themselves a contender’s tag.
Even a draw against the mighty Belgians will give Gareth Southgate and his men a lot of hope going forward. Belgium has only witnessed a surge in their performance with their last defeat dating back to July 2016. England, on the other hand, has been slow but steady with their performances as well. With both the managers announcing their final squads for the World Cup, preparations are now eclipsing the peak.
Both the sides are full of Premier League stars. While England has the full of national heroes, Belgium have all the top performers from the English Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Toby Alderweirald, Jan Vertonghen, and almost all other big names for Belgium hail from Premier League.
With the English Premier League being the most watched league across the globe, it won’t be wrong to expect a record-breaking audience for this Group G decider. To keep the footballing community on the right, here are all the details of England vs. Belgium matchup that will ensure nobody misses out on even a second’s action from the big game.
How to watch Live Online
Come 28th June, and the Internet will be flooded with searches related to England vs Belgium live stream. Studded with stars from the most watched football league, the match will have a massive audience turning on every watching option available. In Belgium, the match will be streamed on VRT’s official website with a local language commentary.
In England, both BBC and ITV will be up with a link on their respective websites. Other top broadcasters, FOX Sports, Sony LIV, beIN Sports, DirecTV, Sky, and Canal+, will also be streaming the match live on their respective official websites.
England vs Belgium Live Streaming
There will be countries where no official online streaming channel will be accessible to fans. For all those fans, top VPN gateways like ExpressVPN, NordVPN, BestVPN, can serve as the perfect option as they provide access to a huge number of official channels irrespective of the geographical constraints. You can bookmark this space as we will be updating the links here once they are generated by all the official broadcasters around the globe.
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The last round of Group G matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played with England taking on Belgium at he Kaliningrad Stadium on 28th June 2018 with a 19:00 BST kick-off. Located at the Oktyabrsky Island, the Kaliningrad Stadium is one of the more beautiful venues of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 35,000+ capacity stadium will host four group stage matches with the last being England vs Belgium, so the ticket is expected to be sold out at the earliest.
There have been significant absentees from the preliminary squad of both the sides. While there was no place for one of Seria A’s top scorer, Dries Mertens, this season in the Belgium squad, big names like Jack Wilshere went missing from the English Squad.
Despite the major absentees, the lineups for both squads are expected to be full strength. Belgium will have their top guns rearing to go, while England will look to give them the strongest possible challenge. Here are the 22 players that will most likely participate in the high octane clash come 28th June.
England Probable XI
Butland (GK); Trippier, Young, Walker, Cahill; Henderson, Lingard, Alli; Kane, Vardy, Rashford
Belgium Probable XI
Courtois (GK); Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweirald; Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco, Fellaini; Hazard, R Lukaku, Batshuayi
Matches Played: 06
It will be by far the biggest match for BBC and ITV, the official broadcasters of 2018 FIFA World Cup across the United Kingdom. The two channels are set to be up with an extensive coverage of the match with a preview show featuring a star-studded expert panel. In Belgium, the game will be telecasted on VRT and RTBF.
In America, it will be FOX Sports that’ll telecast the big game on its primary channel. With Panama vs Tunisia also starting at the same time, broadcasters will have to adjust either of the game on their secondary channel. With the stakes so high, all the official broadcasters will be telecasting the England vs Belgium game primarily.
Canal+, Sony ESPN, SuperSport, Kwese Sports, beIN Sports, DirecTV, Sky, Mediaset, and all other official broadcasters across the globe will be telecasting the match live on their respective primary channels.
Belgium’s rise to the top of International football can be affirmed by the fact that they will enter the match as favorites despite not winning even once in their last six meetings against England. They have been ruthless after their exit from the EURO quarter-finals at the hands of Wales in 2016.
They are one of the very few sides to go for three-men defense lineup and put more emphasis on the attacking options. England looks stable in no department with their defense, midfield, and attack, all piling up a streak of inconsistent performances. That will however not be allowed if they are to stop the Belgian juggernaut.
A minor slip up will be enough for Belgium to destroy them. Final prediction, as it looks now to us, reads Belgium 2-0 England.