World Cup 2018 | Tunisia v England Tips | 18th June 2018
GROUP G of the 2018 World Cup continues on Monday as England make their tournament bow against Tunisia in Volgograd. Mark O’Haire shares his thoughts on the best betting angle.
England have won just four of their past 16 major tournament openers since their victorious 1966 World Cup campaign but Gareth Southgate’s side should be expected to improve upon that record when meeting Tunisia in a warm and sweaty Volgograd on Monday evening.
The mercury is expected to rise as high as 33°C in the lead-up to the Three Lions’ Group G curtain-raiser and conditions could play a part. England have seldom cut loose against lesser sides on the international circuit, and despite a series of positive friendly performances, expect Southgate’s side to return to type.
England to win and Under 3.5 Goals
England scored just 18 goals in a soft qualification pool, and with Tunisia anticipated to play a defensive XI knowing their two key attacking players are injured, goals and entertainment may be in short supply.
Since 2002, European nations have won 20 of 35 group stage matches at World Cups against African countries and the Three Lions can enhance that record with a routine three points in a match featuring fewer than four goals.
This selection would see us paid-out should the pre-match favourites win by a 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 or 2-1 scoreline.