Tunisia vs England – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
|Tunisia 9.00 | Draw 4.82 | England 1.35|
England kick-off their 2018 World Cup finals against Tunisia in Group G at the Volgograd Arena, Volgograd.
The Three Lions will be hopeful of getting their campaign off to a winning start – having not won any of their outings at the 2014 World Cup – while Tunisia may eye a shock place in the last 16.
England beat the North African side 2-0 in their only ever previous meeting – a 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage fixture.
England are in their sixth consecutive World Cup finals but will be hoping to improve on their 2014 showing, when they were eliminated at the group stage phase.
A new-look squad will be reliant on the form of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Tottenham stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
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.
England will be confident of progressing through this group and enter this game as comfortable favourites.
The Three Lions progressed after topping their European qualification group ahead of Slovakia while Tunisia topped their group, one point ahead of the DR Congo.
England are favourites to win this one, with William Hill offering odds of 3/10 for them to secure victory.
This game is likely to be cagey with England built on a strong defence – conceding just twice in eight games, but conversely netting just three in their last five.
William Hill are offering odds of 12/5 for this game featuring fewer than 1.5 goals.
- Tunisia have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four matches
- The North African side are also unbeaten in their last eight games
- To advance past the group stages but be eliminated at the last 16 at 6/1 with 888sport
- England have kept six clean sheets in their most recent five matches
- Three Lions captain Harry Kane has scored more than a goal every other game at international level – 12 in 23 caps
- Kane to finish as tournament top scorer at 16/1 with bet365
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.