Group Stage G: TUN vs. ENG
Tunisia vs. England June 18, 2018 2:00 PM ET (TV FOXS1) Volgograd Arena, Russia
Seeking to rebound after major disappointments in recent years, a young but hungry England squad will begin Group Stage G play with a matchup against Tunisia; a game that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
While many in the United Kingdom have little faith in their team making some serious noise in the tournament, head coach Gareth Southgate can sense a “quiet confidence” with his squad heading into group play.
It has not gone England’s way with a second round exit at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016 and failing to get out of the first round four years ago in Brazil. However, the English are hoping a big win out the gate can give them some much needed momentum in a “favorable” group that sees only Belgium as their biggest threat.
Though young, England is loaded with attacking talent with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli and with some options on the bench if needed, Southgate has to like his chances versus Tunisia?
Get past Tunisia and we can expect the Brits to be heavily favored over Panama before a face-off against Belgium in the final group matchup.
For Tunisia, a country in North Africa, they will be in their fifth World Cup tournament but have done very little in the way of success since beating Mexico in 1978, failing to get out of group stage.
Unbeaten but shaky in World Cup qualifying, the North Africans will be meeting England for the first time since 1998 when they were defeated 2-0.
Will the heavy favored squad from England do what is expected and take care of business or let Tunisia hang around, build some confidence and set themselves up for disaster?
We will soon have our answer but on paper, this appears to be a one-sided affair with our best sportsbooks as MyBookie has this TUN vs. ENG matchup Tunisia (+754 ML) and England (-241 ML) with an over/under of 2.5 total game goals scored from 5Dimes; a number I will play as I favor the UNDER of 2.5 total game goals scored as my best betting pick for my money.