England vs Tunisia preview, betting tip and prediction
The Three Lions finally get underway…
England to win with a -1 handicap @ 13/10 with Betfair
England’s wait to start their World Cup campaign comes to an end on Monday evening in Volgograd when they come face to face with Tunisia. The opponents in the group stage of the 1998 tournament are major underdogs for this one, but Gareth Southgate will know that his side simply can not afford to take them lightly, especially because it is vitally important that they win the first two games with the expectation that their main Group G rivals, Belgium, will also beat Panama and Tunisia before a final showdown in Kaliningrad on match day three.
Former Sunderland man Wahbi Khazri is the Tunisian talisman and the biggest threat for them, but England will only lose this game if they fail to turn up themselves. Rumours suggest Southgate may spring a surprise or two in his team selection. Ashley Young and Jordan Henderson are said to be preferred to Eric Dier and Danny Rose, but Marcus Rashford should be fit following a knee injury that kept him out of training for two days. Harry Kane will be obviously crucial for England, but all eyes will be on Raheem Sterling. After a tough few weeks in terms of media scrutiny, the Manchester City man will be hoping to start the game and end a run that has seen him fail to score an England goal since 2015. Goal difference could come into play this summer, with both the top sides in the group expected to be on six points each by the time they meet. England cannot think about that and must get the job done, but we think they will without too many problems.
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There is more value in backing Kane as FGS at 23/10 because he is odds on anytime, but if the latter is the market you want to look at, Sterling can be found at 6/4, but Rashford could be a good bet at 6/5. Even if he doesn’t start, he will feature at some stage.
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