England clash with Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena, with the Three Lions massive odds-on to win Group G clash
Tunisia are 9/1 to win on Monday 18 June and there might be a few England supporters having a cheeky punt on the African side as an emotional hedge considering how many times the national team has disappointed in major tournaments.
The Eagles of Carthage are rated as the leading side in Africa, although a look at their squad would suggest otherwise, with Nabil Maaloul really having to try and spin straw into gold against more established teams like England and Belgium.
Gareth Southgate has called for his England squad to be positive when they play in Russia and the hope is that the players express themselves without fear and get off to a victory in Group G ahead of another winnable clash against Panama.
Southgate couldn’t have hand-picked two easier matches and we should expect the Three Lions to record a victory, while clean sheets against Germany and Brazil illustrate that the defence should be able to stop Tunisia from scoring.
Therefore, an England win to nil looks to be on the cards and there has been talk in the camp about being patient in order to triumph in matches such as this.
It looks virtually guaranteed that Tunisia will put men behind the ball and try to squeeze a draw from this opener, with early first match nerves potentially leading to a cagey opener.
However, England should find a way to win and it could be fairly routine in the end.
All odds were correct at time of posting.