England and Belgium

England sits ahead of Belgium in the standings, but that could change even if the teams draw, as the teams have the same number of points and England is in first onlybecause of the fair play tiebreaker, which scores teams based on yellow and red cards when goal differential and goals scored arent enough to determine a winner.

The winner of Group G will go to 1G. That side includes four of the top seven teams in the world rankings and no team ranked lower than 15th. The second team will go to 2G, a side that has only one of the top nine teams in the world (No. 6 Switzerland) and three teams ranked 20th or lower, including No. 70 Russia.

As it turns out, the outcome of the match stands to be highly beneficial to the loser.

The 2018 World Cup bracket is taking shape, and it shows that placement looks to be a huge factor as the tournament progresses.Jenny Cheng/Business Insider

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England is leading the group, but only on the fair play tiebreaker, meaning Belgium could still win the group even if the match ends in a draw.

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Simply put, neither England nor Belgium should want to win this game.

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England and Belgium will meet Thursday in a World Cup match both teams surely hope to lose.

The groups at the World Cup send their top two teams to opposite sides of the knockout bracket, a process that usually makes for a fairly evenly stacked bracket. But thanks toseveral upsetsanddisappointing startsfrom known powerhouse countries, one side of the World Cup bracket looks overpowering, while the other so far suggests a friendlier path to the final.

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While teams are normally looking to win games at the World Cup, both England and Belgium have every reason to hope they lose Thursday, as doing so would improve their placement in the knockout bracket.

For that reason, dont be surprised if you see a few extra fouls between the two sides on Thursday.

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The winner of Group G will be placed in what is setting up to be a half of death.

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