Yesterday, the drama continued in the ongoing FIFA World Cup, including the first goalless game of the tournament, between France and Denmark and the elimination of yet another African team from the tournament.
The race to finish top of each group has been stiff with Croatia and Uruguay being the only teams to scale through the group stages with 3 wins.
The final group games in groups E-H will be played over the week. Of all those games, one to watch out for is the game between two teams that have kept a 100% record at the 2018 World Cup so far.
With the South Americans and the Africans slumbering, the tournament has been dominated by the Europeans. A bulk of the teams that have sealed qualification play their football in the UEFA zone – Russia, Portugal, Spain, France, Croatia, Belgium, England.
If you take a glance at the list of top scorers in the tournament so far, it has also been dominated by the Europeans, with Harry Kane (England), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) leading the race for the Golden Boot.
Although England and Belgium have qualified for the second round, there’s still the battle for top place in Group G. As it stands, both teams have won the same number of games (2), scored the same amount of goals (8) and have conceded the same amount of goals (2).
It’s a clash of the titans that will involve Premier League match-ups like Kevin de Bruyne against John Stones, Eden Hazard against David de Gea, Harry Kane against Toby Alderweireld, among others.
While Belgium have kept one clean sheet in this tournament (against Panama), Gareth Southgate’s men have conceded in both games they’ve played so far. The Belgians will be looking to make it three out of three for their English opponents.
But England will be looking at their past records against Belgium and will be hoping history repeats itself in this game.
In the past three meetings between both sides, the Belgians failed to win. Twice the English team won, with the third game ending in a 4-4 draw.
Belgium has scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 matches at the World Cup, with over 2,5 goals being scored in their last 6 FIFA World Cup games. In their last six games leading up to this game, England scored in every game.
Although it’s still pretty much unknown which teams will make it out of Group H, finishing top of Group G is a priority for England and Belgium. Which of them do you think wants it more? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts with us.