Belgium vs Tunisia: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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23rd June 2018 – 08:00 ET
Group G – Otkrytiye Stadium, Moscow – TV: TSN
Belgium scored 43 times during qualifying but they looked like a side devoid of confidence during a stop-start first half against Panama. They scored three second-half goals and will be expected to build upon that performance when they face Tunisia in Moscow. .
Roberto Martinez’s side are hugely talented and individual quality helped them pick up three points in their opening Group G encounter. This will be far from straightforward but they should prevail. Tunisia are unlucky to offer little in the final third and it should be a reasonably comfortably afternoon for Belgium. They can be backed at 1.30 with Betway and will be extremely popular with bettors. The same online bookmaker is also offering 1.80 on -1 Belgium on the handicap market.
Belgium vs Tunisia Preview
Despite having a number of unbelievably talented players, Belgium are still yet to convince. They huffed and puffed against Panama and several misplaced passes later, they found the breakthrough. They scored three fantastic goals and will go into this game with plenty of confidence. Group G looks a battle between the Red Devils and England and the pair will meet on June 28th. Belgium will not want to drop any points ahead of that all-important clash.
Tunisia played reasonably well against England but they conceded two sloppy goals and came away from Volgograd with nothing to show for their efforts. They wrestled back control for a short period in the second half but didn’t create anywhere near enough chances in the final third. They will need to be more adventurous going forward in this fixture. They need to get something from this game to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.
Belgium are unlikely to have it all their own way in this game and they need to remain patient throughout. Tunisia will look to frustrate them and Roberto Martinez must ensure his side don’t lose their shape or discipline. If they can collect a maximum six points from their opening two fixtures, they’ll be extremely satisfied. A straightforward 2-0 win looks likely in this game and it can be backed at 5.60 with Sports Interaction.
Belgium vs Tunisia Both Teams to Score Prediction
There’s always been a question mark over Belgium’s defence but they should come out of this tie with a clean sheet. Tunisia scored from the penalty spot but they didn’t offer too much of a threat from open play. This game is likely to see Belgium dominate possession and have the majority of the opportunities. They should keep a clean sheet in this one. It’s 1.66 for Both Teams to Score? No with Intertops.
- Belgium had 15 shots in total against Panama.
- Romelu Lukaku has now netted at successive World Cups. He is 3.60 with William Hill to score the opening goal of this game.
- Napoli’s Dries Mertens had four attempts on goal during Belgium’s opening match.
- They’ve now netted 13 goals in their last four matches across all competitions.
- Tunisia managed just a single shot on target in their opening game with England.
- They haven’t won any of their last four matches in all competitions.
Head to Head
- These two teams have met on three previous occasions. They have only ever played one competitive fixture, which was at the 2002 World Cup.
- Belgium 1-0 Tunisia – 07/06/2014
- Tunisia 1-1 Belgium – 10/06/2002
- Tunisia 2-1 Belgium – 25/02/1992
World Cup Qualifying
Belgium were drawn in UEFA Group H and made light work of their opponents. They easily secured their place at the 2018 World Cup and also set a new record by scoring 43 goals during qualifying. They amassed an impressive 28 points from a possible 30, helping them to finish nine points ahead of Greece.
Romelu Lukaku – 11 Goals – 34.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Eden Hazard – 6 Goals – 26.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Dries Mertens – 5 Goals – 46.00 with Bodog to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Thomas Meunier – 5 Goals – 132.00 with Intertops to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Tunisia finished top of Group A in the third round of CAF Qualifying. They won four of their six matches in this group, narrowly edging out DR Congo by a single point. They scored 11 times in six matches and only conceded on four occasions.
Youssef Msakni – 3 Goals – Injured for the World Cup
Goalkeepers – Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels.
Defenders – Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Thomas Meunier, Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweireld.
Midfielders – Yannick Carrasco, Kevin de Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj, Leander Dendoncker.
Forwards – Nacer Chadli, Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens.
Goalkeepers – Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Hassen, Aymen Mathlouthi.
Defenders – Rami Bedoui, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Yassine Meriah, Oussama Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane.
Midfielders – Bassem Srarfi, Naim Sliti, Elleyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Khalil, Ghaylene Chaalali, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Saifeddine Khaoui, Anice Badri.
Forwards – Wahbi Khazri, Saber Khalifa, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.
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