England v Tunisia 2018 World Cup betting preview and tips
England kick off the 2018 World Cup with a Group G match against Tunisia
There is nothing like a football World Cup and the England players will be chomping at the bit to play a match by the time that Monday 18 June comes around.
After all, most of the other teams in the tournament will have participated by this point, with the Three Lions one of the last sides to open their account and it’s a fairly easy-looking opener for Gareth Southgate’s team.
England clash with Tunisia in the Volgograd Arena and the latter are rated as the best African team in the competition, although Southgate would surely rather face the Eagles of Carthage rather than Mohamed Salah’s Egypt or Sadio Mane’s Senegal.
Nevertheless, Tunisia look like a dangerous team on the counter-attack and they will be happy to sit deep in this opener and take any chances as they come.
One criticism of England is their failure to convert the chances that they create, with the European side potentially needing to be patient in this encounter and we could see the game goalless at the interval.
A World Cup is special but also creates extra tension and pressure for the players. Ultimately, the team that lose their opening match are in grave danger of exiting the competition.
Southgate will have spoken with his players on several occasions about the need to be patient and not busting a gut to break down the opposition. Indeed, a draw in this clash wouldn’t be the end of the world although a defeat would certainly feel like that.
All things considered, the draw price looks very big and could appear even bigger after an hour played. England don’t have a huge number of options off the bench to change the game, with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling expected to be the favoured attacking options.
Bet365 offer 4.60 about the game ending all square and you can also get 3.50 should you want to back England after the game is level at the break.
The Three Lions tend to struggle in major tournaments when it comes to this sort of opposition and it might just be a single goal that decides the outcome of this match in the end.
England are 5.00 to win the game by a 1-0 scoreline and get their World Cup campaign up and running, while a Three Lions win to nil is available to back at 1.95 and could be the order of the day.