Tunisia v England at the World Cup has a familiar ring to it. You would be right for thinking that, because twenty years ago, this match did take place in France in World Cup 1998 in the group stage. That time round England defeated Tunisia comfortably 2-0, with goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.
England will be hoping that they can perform at a similar level to that game when they come up against Tunisia on the 18th June in Russia in this summer’s World Cup. Tunisia may pose England some problems and considering they qualified without a single defeat, England should not get complacent. In the FIFA rankings, Tunisia sit just one place behind England in 14th.
Nonetheless, we feel England should win this match and on paper, they are certainly the better side. If the likes of Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Harry Kane replicate their club form which, admittedly, is not always the case with England, the Three Lions should have too much for Tunisia.
World Cup 2018 Group G
Belgium and Panama are the other teams in Group G. Belgium are favourites to finish the group as winners and with their hugely talented squad, this comes as no surprise. Nobody is really giving Panama a hope, and realistically, they will do well to get a point on the board.
This means that Tunisia v England is likely to be the crucial game to decide who finishes second in the group.
Tunisia V England World Cup 2018
England have performed very poorly in recent tournaments. In Brazil four years ago, England didn’t progress from their group and in Euro 2016, they were defeated by Iceland in the quarter-finals in a huge upset. England are notoriously bad performers at international tournaments and this means that this match is not a forgone conclusion.
If Tunisia can frustrate England with some resolute defending, the North Africans might just surprise England with their counter attacks. Tunisia should not be completely disregarded, and a draw in this match is a possibility.
But England will want to demonstrate that they are finally ready to arrive on the international stage. This match will be the perfect opportunity to show they mean business and score some goals against a decent side. Anything but a victory will be another disappointing result in England’s lacklustre tournament football record.
We think, and hope, that England will get the victory in this match and edge themselves towards qualification. The bookies are firmly backing England with odds-on figures such as 2/5 being offered. Perhaps UK sportsbooks are somewhat biased towards England, but this still shows that England are hot favourites to win the game. You can find odds of 15/4 on the draw and around 15/2 on Tunisia causing an upset and beating England.
We are in no doubt that the English pubs will be full as English supporters hope for a solid start to the tournament from England. We predict that is exactly what is going to happen! Roll on the 18th June.