England vs Belgium, 1st Semi-final, Hockey World Cup 2018
Match 33: 15th December 2018 at 5:00 PM IST
England and Belgium lock horns in the semi-final tie for the all-important Men’s Hockey World Cup final berth.
Belgium’s Red Lions recorded an emphatic 2-1 victory over Germany to secure their first World Cup semi-final appearance. Finished second on their group earlier, Belgium defeated four times champions Pakistan 5-0 in their crossover playoff. The Olympic silver medallists and World no. 3 Belgium do look in good shape to go the distance.
England, on the other hand, would be riding high on confidence after they defeated Olympic champions Argentina 3-2 on Wednesday to seal a semi-final berth. In the crossover playoff, the English beat New Zealand to enter the last 8.
Played – 3; England – 2, Belgium – 1
Form guide (recent first)
England – W W W L D
Belgium – W W W D W
Emmanuel Stockbroekx of Belgium has been sidelined due to injury.
England Hockey squad: Harry Gibson, Barry Middleton, Harry Martin, David Ames, Ian Sloan, Zach Wallace, James Gall, Phil Roper, David Condon, Will Calnan, Sam Ward, George Pinner, Adam Dixon, Liam Sanford, Mark Gleghorne, Jack Waller, Michael Hoare and Luke Taylor.
Belgium Hockey squad: Thomas Briels, Florent van Aubel, Nicolas De Kerpel, Vincent Vanasch, Loic Van Doren, Arthur De Sloover, Arthur Van Doren, Loïck Luypaert, Alexander Hendrickx, Gauthier Boccard, Antoine Kina, Simon Gougnard, John-John Dohmen, Victor Wegnez, Felix Denayer, Sébastien Dockier, Cédric Charlier and Tom Boon.
Here’s how the two sides may line for England vs Belgium Hockey World Cup semi-final match.
BEL Playing 11 and substitutes: van DOREN Arthur, van AUBEL Florent, CHARLIER Cédric, BOCCARD Gauthier, HENDRICKX Alexander, BRIELS Thomas, DENAYER Felix, VANASCH Vincent, GOUGNARD Simon, de SLOOVER Arthur, BOON Tom
ENG Playing 11 and substitutes: PINNER George, AMES David, MARTIN Harry, SLOAN Ian, HOARE Michael, GLEGHORNE Mark, DIXON Adam, MIDDLETON Barry, ANSELL Liam, GALL James, SANFORD Liam, WALLACE Zachary, CALNAN Will, LUYPAERT Loïck
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Belgium fantasy picks: van DOREN Arthur, HENDRICKX Alexander, LUYPAERT Loïck and BOON Tom were the top performers for Belgium in the quarterfinal tie against Germany.
Top goalscorer: HENDRICKX ALEXANDER (5)
England fantasy picks: MARTIN Harry, HOARE Michael, GLEGHORNE Mark, MIDDLETON Barry and SANFORD Liam would be bursting with confidence after an excellent show against Argentina in the quarter-final clash on Thursday.
Top goalscorer: ANSELL LIAM, CALNAN WILL & GLEGHORNE MARK (2 each)
Indian viewers can watch the telecast of Hockey World Cup 2018 on Star Sports and Doordarshan. England vs Belgium Hockey match can be Live Streamed Online on Hotstar.
This BEL vs ENG Dream11 prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. Kindly revisit before the deadline for the final update.