England favourites to beat Belgium and win World Cup Group G

England backed into 6/4 for a victory on Thursday, with Belgium likely to rest several players

England favourites to beat Belgium and win World Cup Group G

After a tense victory over Tunisia, it was plain sailing for England against Panama and they are safely into the last sixteen of the 2018 World Cup with a game to spare.

Now comes a slightly more challenging clash against Belgium, although we might see both teams at medium strength, with Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez likely to rest star players ahead of the last sixteen matches.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that victory isn’t exactly the most attractive option, despite this being a World Cup where you think teams want to continue the winning habit.

Belgium in particular appear to be paying lip service to the idea of landing a victory while secretly plotting to field virtually a team of reserve players and that is why they have drifted out to 2/1 to win this match despite being among the World Cup favourites.

As it stands, England will top Group G if the game is won or drawn, with the Three Lions enjoying a better fair play record with one less yellow card than the Red Devils.

Ladbrokes offer 31/20 about a win for the English which would apparently put them in the tougher half of the draw, although it might yet yield an easier last sixteen clash depending on what is happening in Group H.

Both teams would be happy to make the last sixteen and potentially play Japan and Senegal and that is likely to be the target.