Tunisia vs England Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Tunisia qualified for the tournament with relative ease and remained unbeaten throughout. They held off the challenge from DR Congo and they have been rewarded with a place in Group G. Nabil Maaloul took over from Henryk Kasperczak halfway through the campaign but it didn’t affect performances on-the-pitch. Tunisia may be difficult to break down but they also have a number of dangermen including recent Rennes loanee Wahbi Khazri. Youssef Msakni helped his side through qualifying but suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury and will miss the entire tournament. They will be forced into a major reshuffle as a result. Despite a goalless draw with Libya during their final match, Maaloul is confident that his side can create enough chances throughout the tournament and although they’ve been drawn in a difficult group, the 55-year old believes his side can make it through to the last 16 for the first time in their history.
England qualified with ease, remaining unbeaten throughout their campaign and dropping just four points along the way. The Three Lions are a much younger, more energetic outfit under Gareth Southgate and players such as Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart have not been selected for Russia. Harry Kane netted a number of times throughout qualifying and the Spurs striker offers their main threat. The forward is priced at 27.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as the tournament’s highest goalscorer and he should be able to find the net regularly during the group stage. England netted 18 times during qualifying and the side look far more adventurous moving forward under the new management. They will see Belgium as their main rivals in Group G and they will not want to drop points ahead of their meeting with the Red Devils at the end of June.
Tunisia haven’t qualified for the World Cup since 2006 and will be hoping for significant improvement from their last appearance at the tournament. In Germany, they finished without a victory, scoring just three times and conceding six. They have only won once in this competition, a success that came against Mexico forty years ago. They were defeated during the opening match of France ’98 by England with goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes securing a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Three Lions.
England endured a hugely disappointing 2014 World Cup, failing to win a single game in Brazil and exiting during the group stage. They’ve been drawn in a much easier section this time around. However, they can’t afford any complacency. The 1966-winners have been preparing for the tournament with friendlies against top-class opposition and held Brazil to a goalless draw in November. This will be England’s 15th appearance at the World Cup but they haven’t made it beyond the quarter-finals since 1990.
Tunisia vs England Predictions
Pinnacle have priced England up as 3/8 favourites for this clash with Tunisia and they will be included in many group game accumulators.
England are highly likely to win this game although it is unlikely to be as simple as the odds-on price suggests. Tunisia will be well-organised and tough to break down and Draw/England at 3.73 with Bodog could be the best way of playing this contest. It may take a little patience from the favourites in order to break their opponents down.
A similar scoreline to their France ’98 meeting is a possibility here. Tunisia were unbeaten during qualifying, whilst England conceded just three times during their ten-match run which helped them secure their place at the tournament.
Sports Interaction are offering 5.05 on a scoreline of 2-0 to England once again and that looks to be a sensible wager in this tie. England will be happy to leave with three points from their opener and beginning their campaign with a routine win would keep fans satisfied.
The aforementioned Harry Kane is 1.75 to score anytime with 888Sport and although England possess a number of talented players, he is the talisman and the player who has been tasked with firing them to World Cup success in 2018. There is plenty of expectation on the North Londoner but he’s got broad shoulders and should flourish on the biggest stage of all.
Tunisia could find it difficult to find a way past a resolute England back-line which was superb during qualifying. They rarely looked like conceding despite facing some decent opposition and should be able to keep another clean sheet here. Both Teams to Score? No is priced at 1.50 with Sports Interaction.
- This will be Tunisia’s fifth appearance at the World Cup
- They have only ever won one match at the tournament (3-1 vs Mexico in 1978)
- Tunisia only scored once at each of the 1998 and 2002 tournaments
- Tunisia scored eleven times in six games during qualifying
- 2014 was the first time that England failed to make it out of the group stage since 1958
- England haven’t made it beyond the quarter-finals since 1990
England to be eliminated in the quarter-finals is 2.50 with William Hill
- They conceded five times in four matches at the 2010 World Cup
- None of the current England squad netted during the 2014 tournament
England: Harry Kane (captain), Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Kieran Trippier, Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope.
Tunisia: Aymen Mathlouthi (captain), Farouk Ben Mustapha, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Oussama Haddadi, Rami Bedoui, Saîf-Eddine Khaoui, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Anice Badri, Wahbi Khazri, Dylan Bronn, Ali Maâloul, Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ahmed Khalil, Ellyes Skhiri, Bassem Srarfi, Saber Khalifa, Ghailene Chaalali, Hamdi Nagguez, Mouez Hassen, Naïm Sliti.
|Tunisia 9.00 | Draw 4.82 | England 1.35|