Tunisia vs England, Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Final score: Tunisia 1-2 England
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18th June 2018 – 19:00 UK Time
Stadium: Volgograd Arena
2018 will be Tunisia’s fifth World Cup and their first in twelve years. They have never made it beyond the first round of the competition and haven’t won a match at the tournament since 1978. They will arrive into this event with plenty of confidence after finishing top of their qualifying group although it won’t be easy as they have been drawn alongside Belgium and England. They have faced both of these sides at previous tournaments and have put in a respectable performance on each occasion, drawing 1-1 with the Red Devils and narrowly losing to the Three Lions. Nabil Maalooul has improved his side’s attacking instincts since taking over and the 55-year old will be hoping that his team can cause an upset in Group G.
For the first time in a while, there is plenty of optimism surrounding England and their youthful-looking squad will be determined to put the disappointment of 2014 behind them. They were eliminated in the group stage in Brazil and haven’t reached the quarter-finals since 2006. They have appeared at 14 World Cups and are regulars in this competition. Gareth Southgate has not been afraid to make big decisions since taking over from Sam Allardyce, including dropping Wayne Rooney and experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart. They will see this game as the perfect chance to collect three points and put themselves in pole position to reach the knock-out round.
Tunisia remained unbeaten throughout their qualifying campaign and looked very assured in the majority of their fixtures. They could only draw 0-0 with Libya during their final match, however, this proved to be sufficient enough to book their place at the tournament. Since securing qualification, they have enjoyed success against Iran and Costa Rica in international friendlies. They have a number of players who will be looking to make an impression in Russia including captain Wahbi Khazri who has been on loan at Stade Rennes. He will be tasked with creating chances for the African side in the absence of Youssef Msakni.
England were extremely effective during qualifying and won eight of their ten matches, drawing the remaining two. They only conceded three times throughout the campaign and their participation at this tournament rarely looked in doubt. They netted eighteen times and Spurs striker Harry Kane will be pivotal to their chances in Russia. The forward comes off the back of another sensational season in the Premier League, netting over thirty times in the top flight and he can be backed at 16/1 with William Hill to clinch the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.
Tunisia vs England Predictions
England are fancied to start with a victory and judging by their displays during the qualifying stage, it’ll be churlish to write them off here.
The Three Lions can be backed at 6/17 with 888Sport for this opening contest and there is a real confidence in the camp. They beat Tunisia comfortably when the two sides met in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup and a similar outcome is likely here. England have traditionally struggled against higher-ranked opposition but Tunisia shouldn’t pose too many problems for Southgate’s men. 10Bet have priced them up at 19/20 to be winning by half-time and that looks like a good way of increasing the odds.
Tunisia are likely to cause a few problems for England but, inevitably, the 1966 winners should find this relatively straightforward. It’s 63/13 with 10Bet for another 2-0 scoreline in this encounter. Two of England’s qualifiers finished this way. Three of their qualifying matches were also settled by a single goal and a 1-0 scoreline is also likely to be popular. It is available at 49/10.
Harry Kane enjoyed a profitable season with Spurs and he netted five goals in six games during qualifying. He is 13/17 with 888Sport to score anytime in this game and although odds-on, it looks a great bet in this Group G encounter.
Opening group games are always cagey and it could be a low-scoring ninety minutes. England conceded just three times during qualifying and kept clean sheets against Germany and Brazil in international friendlies at the end of 2017. They could be hard to score against. Both Teams to Score? No is 6/10 with 10Bet and should be backed.
- 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)
- They netted just one goal at the 1998 and 2002 tournaments
- No Tunisian player has netted more than one World Cup goal
- They have never progressed beyond the group stage
- England won the World Cup in 1966
- 2014 was the first time that England failed to make it out of the group stage since 1958
- England failed to win a single game at the 2014 World Cup
England to be eliminated at the group stage is 4/1 with Bet365
- Gary Lineker remains England’s all-time top goalscorer with 10 World Cup goals
Why Should I Bet On Tunisia Against England?
Tunisia haven’t won a single game at their last three World Cup finals’ and their chances haven’t been helped by the loss of the talismanic Youssef Msakni to injury. But having gone through qualifying without a defeat, there is hope that Nabil Maaloul’s side could spring a shock in Russia.
Their chances of doing so against a revitalised England must be slim, though. Gareth Southgate’s men head to Russia with a fresh positivity off the back of an unbeaten campaign of their own and warm-up matches have offered more than a slither of encouragement. England are 4/11 to begin with a win with William Hill and it’s difficult to look elsewhere in this market.
Marcus Rashford to score first
After a scintillating display against Costa Rica before England boarded the plane east, Marcus Rashford may well have forced himself into Southgate’s starting XI. The 20-year-old slammed a long-range effort past Keylor Navas to open the scoring and his direct running and pace could worry a Tunisia side which is likely to sit back and absorb pressure.
Harry Kane will attract most of the money in this market after another brilliant season for Tottenham Hotspur, and his five goals for England during qualifying. But if he starts, odds of 3/1 for Rashford to score first with William Hill could be brilliant.
England fans anticipating a walkover should think again as Tunisia have given a good account of themselves in warm-up matches with Portugal and Spain. The Tunisians are rarely beaten convincingly and are likely to line up with five at the back against the English.
The Three Lions have grown accustomed to narrow wins, too, and were happy to settle for single-goal victories against Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia in the last three games of qualifying. Southgate will see the result as the most important thing, so a 1-0 England win at 4/1 with William Hill could be a decent shout.
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.
19:00 – Volgograd Stadium