The first World Cup was played all the way back in 1930, and since that time, only 8 different countries have been able to get their hands on the trophy. This gives you an idea of the task at hand for the teams that have never won, and it also shows you the pressure that awaits those teams who have previously won it. England won the World Cup when they hosted it back in 1966, and while they have made a couple of deep runs since then, they have never really come close to repeating the magic of that win. In fact, more often than not, this is a team that fails to meet even the lowest of expectations, including 4 years ago in Brazil when they went out in the group stage. It’s a younger collection of players that England are sending this time around, and while they are not expected to win the FIFA World Cup, going out in the group stage would be considered a failure of epic proportions. They will get things started in Group G with a game against Tunisia.
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⚽: Tunisia Vs England (Group Stage, Group G, Matchday 1 of 3)
🏟️: Volgograd Arena
⏰: Monday, June 18 at 2 PM EST
🎰: England -1, -1½ +100 | -227 | O 2, 2½ -120
Why bet on England
The early bad news out of the England camp is that Marcus Rashford has suffered a knee injury that has kept him out of training for two straight days. The Manchester United star was expected to play a key role in this squad, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Gareth Southgate changes things up if Rashford is unable to go. Rashford aside, England should still have more than enough talent on the field to overcome that loss and a Tunisia team that is pretty devastated by injury. There are going to be bigger fish to fry for the English as this tournament progresses, with the group game against Belgium looming large on the horizon. It is probably going to be that game which tells us more about this current crop of England players than this game ever will.
Why bet on Tunisia
As we already mentioned, Tunisia have some real injury concerns to contend with ahead of their World Cup opener in Volgograd. Youssef Msakni is the man that usually makes this team tick, but we already know that injury is going to keep him out of the action here is Russia, which you have to believe kills any chance that Tunisia have of springing an upset or two. Besides their star man, they also have injuries to at least three other starters, and while they are not as severe as Msakni’s, it will still mean that their time on the field is going to be limited. Tunisia are a well-organized outfit, though, and they showed throughout their qualifying campaign that they are a tight defensive unit. They are more than likely going to come out and try to frustrate England, which they certainly have the ability to do.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the majority of this game is going to be England trying to find a way through the Tunisian defense, so we should perhaps not expect a lot of goals here. I do expect an England win, though.
Predicted Score: England 2 Tunisia 0