Tunisia has been wondering in the World Cup wilderness for the past 12 years. But they now return to the party. They are not expected to contend. Winning a single game is not likely. But the mere achievement of arriving at the tournament is a major step forward. For England expectations are usually through the roof. However, they are not a top bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup. With a new coach and new infusion of youth they are different. The Three Lions are truly remade. And not touted as top tier. Which could make them a surprise value.
2018 FIFA World Cup Tunisia vs. England
Date and Time: Monday, June 18, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
World Cup Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Tunisia||+1½ (-153)||2½ (-134)|
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FS1
Tunisia is a Long Shot
Tunisia is a +45000 bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup long shot. The Eagles are a +1450 pick to win Group G. England is a +975 selection to win the event. The Three Lions are a +125 second choice to win Group G.
Tough Road to Qualification
Tunisia did not have an easy qualification but prevailed in the end. They were in a close race with Congolese. Head coach Nabil Maaloul replaced Henryk Kasperczak during a slump in the process. Maaloul was able stabilize the team. As a result, they finished well to get in the dance. This is his second stint as Tunisia coach. The task will be tall. And history is not on Tunisia’s side. They have come up winless in 11 World Cup matches.
Top Ranked African Team
On the positive Tunisia is the top ranked African team. In fact, they have even climbed to a FIFA ranking of 14th. Tunisia is riding a seven match unbeaten streak. In addition, they posted clean sheet wins over Iran and Costa Rica. Both of those teams are in the World Cup at Russia as well. If Tunisia posts any surprises Wahbi Khazri will be a key reason as to why. The forward is 27 years old and top triggerman. Khazri has posted 12 goals in 37 caps for his international career.
There is a sense of anticipation for England. It begins with new head coach Gareth Southgate. He began as a caretaker coach. And performed so well that he earned a four year contract shortly after taking over. His tactical changes have impressed all. And his roster moves have wowed sportsbook online handicappers. It took stones to show Wayne Rooney the door. But Southgate did so. He is emblematic of the new blood that flows on the Three Lions.
Harry Kane is a World Class striker. And the man that replaces Rooney. He was appointed captain last October. The added responsibilities are based on the respect of teammates. Kane is a star for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. He has 13 goals in 24 caps for the Three Lions.
Matchup to Watch
Tunisia has the hot hand but this is a big step up. Also, England is the Bet on 2018 FIFA World Cup chalk with good reason. Despite their youth England is loaded with depth. And should prevail.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
England has the superior firepower over Tunisia.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: England
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: England 2, Tunisia 0
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