Tunisia vs England
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group G
Date: Monday, 18 June 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 GMT +2
Venue: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd.
England will face Tunisia on Monday night in their opening fixture of the World Cup in Russia.
England enter the match as favorites to win though there is low expectations to go further in the tournament judging from previous experiences.
A win in the opening fixture against the African hopefuls would be a massive relief to Gareth Southgate and there are no doubts England will give their best to make it count on Monday in Volgograd.
The Three Lions indeed had disappointing campaigns in back-to-back majors. The group phase exit from the World Cup in Brazil was followed by the shocking R16 loss to Iceland at EURO 2016 in France.
On the other hand Tunisia will not come as pushovers and is one of Africa’s hopefuls to scale further. The Carthage Eagles enjoyed a remarkable campaign in qualifications topping the Group A of the final round in the African zone. They clinched four wins and two draws in six affairs with Congo DR, Libya and Guinea conceding just four times in the process.
The two nations met each other two times in the past.
The first clash saw them play a 1-1 draw in a friendly back in 1990.
The second was a much more important one as England took a comfortable 2-0 victory in the group stage of the World Cup 1998 in France.
England are unbeaten in ten straight outings which saw them win seven and draw three in the process. They conceded just twice in last eight games.
Tunisia will miss their star man Youssef Msakni whose absence significantly affected their ambitions in Russia.
England to win: 1.51
Tunisia to win: 8.5
England and Tunisia to draw: 4.3