Belgium vs Tunisia: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Belgium and Tunisia will face each other in their second fixture of Group G play. This could prove a pivotal match in determining who qualifies from the group with Belgium alongside England as favourites with Tunisia and Panama looking to cause an upset.
Belgium were always going to be the heavy favourites to win this match against the North African side, and so it proves. Roberto Martinez’s charges made light work of outsiders Panama in the opening round of fixtures and a victory here would secure their place in the last 16. They’re expected to get it, too, coming in at around 3/10.
This is the second match of Group G between Belgium and Tunisia, which could prove pivotal in deciding who qualifies from the group. The Belgians triumphed 3-0 against Panama on the opening day while the North African side fell to a late 2-1 defeat against England.
Tunisia have kept four clean sheets in their last eight games but equally have netted just eight times in that run. This game is likely to be cagey due to their conservative approach to combat Belgium’s attacking threats. Fewer than 2.5 goals at 11/10 appears to represent value.
Both teams to score
Despite Belgium carrying a significant attacking threat with Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne they have kept five clean sheets in their last six while Tunisia’s toothless-ness makes another one likely here. To bet against both teams scoring is available at 4/6.
- This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides, with Belgium winning their last meeting 1-0 in a friendly back in June 2014.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored 38 international goals for Belgium – including two against Panama – more than any other player for his nation
World Cup Top Scorer Odds – 8/1
- Tunisia are the highest ranked African team in the world (21st)
- Tunisia have never made it through a World Cup group and their opening day defeat against England makes it extremely unlikely they will do so this tournament.
Tunisia to qualify for second round – 16/1
Belgium 1-0 Tunisia – International Friendly – 7th June, 2014
These sides have played each other three times, with one win apiece and a draw.
World Cup Qualifiers
Roberto Martinez’s Belgium are blessed with an embarrassment of riches including Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and Dries Mertens.
Belgium advanced to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals after a 12-year absence and the Red Devils will be hoping of qualification for the last eight if not better.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Romelu Lukaku – 11 Goals
Eden Hazard – 6 Goals
Tunisia are back in the World Cup finals for the first time since 2006 but they have never previously progressed beyond the group stages of the competition.
Nabil Maaloul’s squad are predominantly based in Tunisia and France and will be looking to cause an upset in the group with midfielder Wahbi Khazri the standout player.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
Youssef Msakni – 3 goals
- Ruled out through injury
Wahbi Khazri – 1 goal
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