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Belgium v Tunisia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 19, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Otkrytie Arena - World Cup Group G

Belgium and Tunisia come into their second game at the World Cup after very different results in their opening fixtures. The Red Devils were comfortable in their victory over Panama, while the Eagles of Carthage suffered last-minute heartbreak against England.

Past Meetings

These countries last met in a friendly before Brazil 2014, with Dries Mertens scoring the only goal of the game. They were also drawn together in the group stages of the 2002 World Cup, playing out a 1-1 draw on that occasion.

Team News

Belgium didn’t pick up any injuries in their first game, so Roberto Martinez could name an unchanged side for this one. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice against Panama and will lead the line, with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard providing the creative spark.

Wahbi Khazri - who is still on Sunderland’s books - played well against England on Monday, and he’ll need another good game if Tunisia are going to have any chance of getting a result against this star-studded Belgium side.

Belgium v Tunisia Preview and Predictions

Harry Kane’s injury-time header was a devastating blow for Tunisia, with some of their players in tears on the pitch after the game. It was an altogether different story for Belgium, who eased past Panama to stay on course for a place in the knockout rounds.

The Red Devils had far too much quality for minnows Panama, and it should be the same against Tunisia. They will have to break down a stubborn North African side who got men behind the ball against England, but Belgium have the attacking players to break them down.

Belgium are the 1/3 faruvrites for this match, while Tunisia are available at 12/1. Head coach Nabil Maaloul needs to raise his players after their disappointment last time out, and how they respond will go a long way to determining how this game pans out.

Even if they are bang up for it, surely the most Tunisia can hope for is a draw. That would give them plenty of encouragement ahead of a final game against Panama, with England and Belgium facing off. If you think the Red Devils will slip up on Saturday, then you can back the draw at 24/5.

Recommended Bets

Belgium to win to nil at evens

Tunisia rarely threatened as they sat deep against England, and only scored thanks to a somewhat fortunate penalty. A Belgium win to nil looks like a relatively safe bet.

Lukaku to score first at 37/13

The Belgium No.9 showed his lethal touch against Panama, and he’s the focal point of his team’s attack. Lukaku is 7/8 to score anytime - not huge odds, but looks like easy money.

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