It’s time for England to make their 2018 World Cup bow but they might find life difficult against Tunisia
It’s been an agonising wait for Gareth Southgate and his England squad who have watched several 2018 World Cup matches before getting the chance to make their mark on the tournament.
Southgate has conducted himself impeccably and his popularity is soaring with the supporters back home, although the litmus test will be how the national team perform in Russia and that starts with a tricky clash against Tunisia.
The African side will not be easily beaten considering that they will be looking to sneak a point against the Three Lions, with the Eagles of Carthage only losing 1-0 against Spain in their final World Cup warm-up match.
Indeed, the Tunisians made much of the play in that match, having previously drawn with Portugal and Turkey. Player for player, they’re clearly not in the same league as England, although we saw Egypt nearly thwart Uruguay in their Group A clash and we could see a similar pattern.
A win is all England require and they won’t be too expansive should they go ahead in this clash, with a solid defence likely to be on show against a side who don’t possess quality firepower.
Meanwhile, Belgium look like a good bet to overcome a -2 handicap when they clash with Panama in Group G. The latter could be among the worst teams at the World Cup and the Red Devils have the players to take advantage.
Having beaten Costa Rica 4-1 in their final warm-up match, they now face a side who are worse than Los Ticos and Panama could be lambs to the slaughter.
Sweden clash with South Korea in the opening match of the day and we’re happy to leave that well enough alone considering that both sides look poor.
All odds were correct at time of posting.