Tunisia v England Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 18th June
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Tunisia v England Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 18/06/2018
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: Volgograd Arena (Volgograd)
- Channel: BBC One
After much discussion, anticipation and deliberation, England finally kick off their World Cup adventure on Monday evening as they face off with Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena.
Two years on from an embarrassing last 16 exit from Euro 2016 against Iceland, the time has arrived to believe in the lads once again. “What’s the point?” I hear you say, but with World Cup fever well untruly taking over the nation, it’s only right to back the Three Lions until their inevitable exit in the knockout stages, probably on penalties.
The manor of that defeat to Iceland, coupled with the previous major tournament showing in Brazil had left a familiar bitter taste in the mouths of many England supporters, myself included. Nonetheless, with a new manager at the helm and a host of fresh young talent in the England squad, there’s certainly a sense of reconciliation, optimism and support between players and fans alike.
England’s group couldn’t be much more straightforward, two wins in their first two games against Tunisia and Panama and qualification to the knockout stages is all but secure for Gareth Southgate’s men. Should things not go England’s way, they will present themselves with the more difficult task of having to beat a highly rated Belgium side on match day three – a more traditional England approach it would seem. England have certainly looked formidable in the qualifying stages, though their opposition was far from challenging and there’s sure to be more arduous encounters ahead should they progress into the knockout stages.
Monday’s opener against Tunisia is pivotal in setting the stall for how their World Cup campaign will unravel. A victory relieves any early pressure and allows England to play with freedom in their following group matches, anything less could have a totally diverse effect – familiar alarm bells ringing and the fear of another short lived campaign.
Key playmaker Youssef Msakni picked up a knee injury in April – a major blow for the Tunisians who will be without one of their most influential players.
Rashford is in contention following a knee injury, though it’s thought he won’t be starting the game.
Tunisia Potential Starting XI: Mustapha, Bronn, Benalouane, Ben Youssef, Maaloul, Badri, Khalil, Sassi, Srarfi, Khazri, Khalifa
England Potential Starting XI: Pickford, Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young, Henderson, Alli, Lombard, Sterling, Kane
Key Stats & Facts
- England have never lost against Tunisia (W1-D1).
- The sides last met in the 1998 World Cup, with England running out 2-0 winners.
- England failed to get out of their group in the last World Cup in Brazil. Their adventure lasting just eight days.
Head To Head
Tunisia 0 – D 1 – England – 1
- Tunisia 17/2
- Draw 7/2
- England 2/5
For me, Tunisia don’t pose enough of an attacking threat to cause England any real problems. I think England will feel the pressure slightly especially considering the average age of the squad, so may not play with as much freedom as they did in the qualifying stages. For this reason I’ve gone for a comfortable, 2-0 win. Sterling to score first for me, just to answer the critical press he receives in what’s supposed to be his own country.