Tunisia v England Betting Tips – 18th June 2018
England have to wait until Monday to get their World Cup underway. Gareth Southgate and his squad have been in their Repino base since Tuesday and will doubtless have been watching the other matches during their downtime.
Seeing the first few days of matches will only heighten the levels of excitement among the England squad. That anticipation should ensure the Three Lions take to the pitch at the Volgograd Arena raring to go but can Tunisia frustrate them?
England to Justify Their Short Price
England can be backed at a best price of 18/1 to win the World Cup with 888Sport. That is the second highest price that the Three Lions have ever been available at in their home country which reflects the lack of expectations about Southgate’s side.
Despite the fact that no England fan expects to be celebrating World Cup success, there is a general feeling that this is one of the most likeable sides in a long time.
Southgate took the decision to favour youth over experience and the likes of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli make England a side capable of some very exciting football.
The lack of any real ball players in midfield is a concern but Southgate is clearly planning on England’s quality being good enough to get past Tunisia and Panama before they switch to a more cautious, counterattacking style against better opposition.
Tunisia’s tightly-knit squad will put it all on the line in their quest to stop England creating chances but the Carthage Eagles are yet to get out of the group stage in four previous World Cup appearances and there is little about this current squad to suggest things will be any different in Russia.
England are the odds-on favorites for Sunday’s match for very good reason and the first of our Tunisia v England betting tips is on Southgate’s men to win at 4/9 with Betfair.
Wary Southgate to Ensure England Don’t Get Carried Away
Gareth Southgate has experience of managing at an international tournament during his time as the England Under-21 manager. He understands the momentum of these tournaments and while he’ll expect his team to be too good for Tunisia, he’s not going to go over the top in telling them to attack.
In Wahbi Khazri and Naim Sliti, Tunisia have tricky players capable of causing England problems when they get the ball at their feet so Southgate will be imploring his players not to forget their defensive duties.
Providing England don’t make any silly mistakes, they should be able to keep a clean sheet at odds of 8/11 with Betfred.
England will be especially keen to keep a lid on Tunisia’s attacking intent in the closing stages of the match. Southgate will want his players to expel as little energy as possible in getting the job done which could mean a bet on the first half having more goals than the second pays off at 5/2 with Coral.
Sterling to Take His Chance Through the Middle
Raheem Sterling has had a strange few weeks. He fell out with the British press once again because of a tattoo on his leg and then missed a few guilt edged chances when he played up front alongside Harry Kane during the friendly against Nigeria.
Southgate clearly wants pace to complement the abilities of Kane and Alli so Sterling is set to play an important role for England. He will surely get chances against Tunisia and we think he is a good first goalscorer bet at 24/5 with Unibet.