Tunisia v England Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 14, 2018
Volgograd - World Cup Group G
Gareth Southgate's England open their World Cup account against Tunisia, with the Three Lions under pressure to start to tournament strongly.
England famously beat Tunisia 2-0 in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup, with Paul Scholes and Alan Shearer scoring that day, in their only ever competitive meeting.
Souhagae has his full squad available for selection to face Tunisia, but he faces a few selection headaches, given his switch to a 3-5-2 formation.
Gary Cahill is competing with Harry Maguire for a place in the back three, as is Danny Rose with Ashley Young, at left wing back. In attack, he must decide whether to partner captain Harry Kane, with either Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford.
Tunisia have Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane and Sunderland striker Wahbi Khazri in the squad for the tournament in Russia.
Tunisia v England Preview and Predictions
Tunisia strolled to an unbeaten qualification campaign, but they face their toughest opponent for some time in the shape of England. Whilst Southgate's side are far from the finished article, they have looked bright and hard working in recent friendlies, and that should carry over into the start of the tournament.
England, like many other sides, are under pressure to start well, and that includes a win in their opening two games -against Tunisia and Panama.
A victory will not be easy here for England, but they should have enough to get over the line, with all three points for them priced at 2/5.
Despite their promising qualification campaign, and friendly performances, England have been pragmatic rather than sensational under Southgate. With seven of their last nine games ending with under 2.5 goals scored, and even against low key opposition in Tunisia, under 2.5 total goals is priced at 7/10.
England to win 2-0 at 9/2
The Three Lions almost have a free rein in Russia, given their young squad and the quality of other sides at the tournament, but they cannot afford any slip up here. Southgate will be happy with a routine performance that they can build on in later fixtures in the group.
Harry Kane to score first at 13/5
The Tottenham striker missed a number of England friendly games this season through injury, but generally he has been needed when is matters, scoring five goals in his last five games for England. He has been named captain by Southgate for the tournament, and he will likely be spurred on by the added responsibility.