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20 years on and England are expected to win over Tunisia again

12th June 2018


Source: Indy Football via Twitter

England have been priced as 16/1 also-rans by bookmakers in the build-up to this summer's World Cup in Russia with Gareth Southgate's side expected to get nowhere near the prize places. That quote has them seventh in a list dominated by Brazil at 4/1 and Germany's 9/2.

There's a number of ways to support the Three Lions in your FIFA World Cup tips if you prefer to avoid the unpredictability of the outright market with odds offered on top goal scorer, stage of elimination, group betting and much more.

England get their campaign underway against Tunisia on Monday 18th June in a 7.00pm kick-off shown live on BBC before facing what looks to be their easiest test of the group vs Panama six days later. Take a maximum six points and experts expect round three against Belgium to decide who qualifies as pool champions.

Hot favourites to hit the ground running

Will England get off to a winning start vs Tunisia? Opening game results in previous World Cup competitions suggest they'll struggle but odds-makers at Betfair seem convinced and have them as 4/11 hot favourites to gain the desired result against the 19/2 of Tunisia and 18/5 draw.

With hundreds of markets offered both pre-match and in-play, you'll never be short of a punt during World Cup 2018 and traders have laid out a feast of betting opportunities in this match to prove it. There's value to be had if playing both teams to score, correct score, first goalscorer, half-time/full-time or if you have confidence in the jolly, why not back them to cover a range of handicaps? Playing the Asian handicap takes out the risk of dropping your stake through a draw.

England and Tunisia last crossed paths in France 1998 with the Brits running out comfortable 2-0 winners en-route to finishing second in Group G behind Romania and ahead of Columbia. That was also the opening match of the tournament for a side led by Glenn Hoddle. Alan Shearer broke the deadlock just before half-time before Paul Scholes put the tie to bed with 89 minutes on the clock. A job well done at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille.

Source: Squawka Football via Twitter

Kane fancied to score first

Fancy history to repeat itself 20 years on? England to beat Tunisia without conceding a goal will receive plenty of attention with 10/11 the general feeling or those chasing a bigger price can try another 2-0 correct score at 9/2. That's joint-favourite with odds-makers expecting backers to get a run for their stake money.

Shearer scored first in France and followers of England believe they have a striker from the same mould in Tottenham's goal machine Harry Kane. The 24-year-old Londoner bagged 41 goals in all competitions for his club side this season and helped himself to 13 in his first 24 international caps. 5/2 makes him jolly in the first scorer chart.

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