England vs. Tunisia
|Date & Time||Monday June 18, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: England -297 / Draw +437 / Tunisia +1002 -- Over/Under: 2.5
We have some World Cup action out of Group G on Monday from the Volgograd Arena as Tunisia takes on England.
Tunisia comes into the 2018 World Cup as the 21st ranked team in the world, punching their ticket to Russia after finishing tops in Group A in CAF qualifying, finishing just one point ahead of 2nd place Congo. Captain Aymen Mathlouthi will lead the Tunisians between the goalposts, while Ali Maaloul and Syam Ben Youssef will be tasked to anchor the defensive line. Vice-captain Wahbi Khazri leads the squad with 12 career goals for the national team, while Saber Khalifa, Anice Badri and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef will lead Tunisia up front.
England comes into the big tournament as the 12th ranked team in the world, and the top team in Group F of UEFA qualifying, securing 26 out of a possible 30 points and the only team from the group to advance to the World Cup, finishing 8 points ahead of Scotland and Slovakia. Every player on the English squad plays their professional football in the top flight of the Barclays Premier League. Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope will share goalkeeping duties, while Gary Cahill, Phil Jones and others will be expected to hold down England’s defence. Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Dele All will bolster the midfield, while the star-studded lineup of forwards include the likes of captain Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford.
The last time these two teams met opened the 1998 World Cup, a match England won 2-0.
Tunisia are making quite the surge in the world rankings, however I think this is one of the easier picks in the opening round of matches. England is one of the deepest teams in the tournament and are just a level above Tunisia here. I think England rolls to an easy tournament opening win on Monday, so I’ll back the Three Lions with a -1.5 handicap.