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ENGLAND AND WALES BOTH TO WIN AT 13/2
Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho will all be available for selection again after they were sanctioned by the FA for breaking Government guidelines. That’s a big boost for England who will need all the help they can get as they take on the number one ranked side in the world.
Gareth Southgate can call on some exceptional home form under his reign, going W15-D4-L1 at Wembley since his appointment in September 2016, winning eight on the bounce and netting a whopping 30 times across those last eight games though the majority of those wins have come against sides far lower ranked than Belgium.
Indeed, against the better sides they’ve faced in this time: Germany, Brazil, Croatia, Italy and Spain the Three Lions are just W1-D4-L1 at Wembley, so they’ll want to claim a scalp in this group and this is just the time to do so.
The Red Devils have one of the most star studded squads in world football, with Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among their key attacking threats.
Roberto Martinez’s side had been on a run of 12 consecutive wins since the group stages of this competition two years ago before their draw with Ivory Coast on Thursday, though again haven’t faced much quality in that time having been in a Euro qualifying group with Cyprus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Scotland last year.
That said, a 2-0 win away at Denmark in the last international break is no mean feat, and the only real solace the hosts can take here is that Eden Hazard will be missing through injury.
Under 2.5 Goals
These two sides were the top two scorers in the qualifiers last year, and there’s absolutely no shortness of firepower for either side.
Though as mentioned, they both had extremely easy groups to contend with in the grand scheme of things, and when big sides go head to head, there’s rarely as many goals.
The visitors have seen a maximum of two goals in eight of nine clashes with top sides France, Brazil, Italy, England, Netherlands and Portugal since June 2016, including both meetings with Southgates men at the World Cup while the only exception saw them shift from their usual three at the back in that same competition against Brazil, so we’re inclined to back ‘Unders’ again here.