Belgium vs Tunisia World Cup Odds
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Belgium and Tunisia’s second match of Group G takes place at 15:00 local time on Saturday 23rd June at the Spartak Stadium in the Russia capital city of Moscow.
Belgium vs Tunisia Prediction
Belgium to win 3-0 (+800)
The Belgians took a while to get going against Panama but then found their touch and ran out 3-0 winners courtesy of goals from Dries Mertens and a brace from Romelu Lukaku.
This game against Tunisia should be just as easy as the Panama fixture as Tunisia lacked any creativity against England and were happy just to sit back and defend. Belgium have much better attacking players than England so this would be a dangerous tactic for Tunisia to employ.
Belgium excel against weaker opposition so expect a glut of goals from the boys in red.
Belgium vs Tunisia Key Bites
- Romelu Lukaku needs two goals to become Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer at World Cup finals
- The Panama game was the first time Belgium won by two or more goals since a 3-1 win over Uruguay at the 1990 World Cup
- Romelu Lukaku’s brace meant he was the first Belgian to score a brace at the World Cup since Marc Wilmots in 1998
- Farouk Ben Mustapha is likely to deputise in the Tunisia goal as Mouez Hassen injured his shoulder in the loss to England
- A win for Belgium means they are guaranteed to be in the Round of 16
Belgium vs Tunisia Betting Trends
- Belgium won their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup game 3-0 against Panama.
- Belgium are -175 to win Group G with England second favorites at +140.
- The first half was goalless but Belgium excelled in the second half and scored three goals.
- Belgium are unbeaten in 20 games with 15 victories and five draws.
- Belgium have scored 67 goals and conceded 15 goals in those 20 unbeaten games, keeping 11 clean sheets along the way.
- Belgium have kept six clean sheets in their previous eight games.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored two goals in each of his previous two games and has 14 goals in his last 10 Belgium appearances.
- All 11 goals Belgium have scored in World Cup games have come in the second half.
- Dries Mertens has scored 13 goals for Belgium. Belgium has won all 13 of those games.
- Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, the Belgian captain, has been involved in 16 Belgium goals in his last 15 games, scoring eight and making eight.
- Tunisia lost their opening 2018 World Cup game 2-1 to England.
- Goalkeeper Mouez Hassen injured his shoulder in that game and will now miss the rest of the tournament.
- Tunisia looked to be holding on for a point, but Harry Kane score the winning goal for England in the 91st minute.
- Tunisia scored from the penalty spot in the loss to England, it was their only shot on target in the game.
- With four draws and eight defeats, Tunisia are without a win in their previous 12 World Cup matches.
- Tunisia allowed England to have 18 shots on goal and would have lost heavily had England not been so wasteful in front of goal.
- Tunisia are +100000 to win Group G.
- Tunisia are +900 to progress from the group. Both England and Belgium are -3300.
- The Tunisians have not won for four games, although three of those games were against Spain, Portugal and England.
- Tunisia have played Belgium three times, winning once, drawing once and losing once. They last met in a friendly in 2014 and Belgium won 1-0.
Belgium vs Tunisia World Cup Preview
Belgium proved too good for Panama last week when, after a slow start, they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners to climb to the top of Group G.
It was a frustrating first 45-minutes for Belgium who went into the break drawing 0-0. Panama’s gritty defense, which was overzealous on occasion, kept the Belgian flair players at bay for the first half.
Dries Mertens put Belgium 1-0 to the good two minutes after the restart with a superb volley that settled any Belgian nerves and allowed them to attack more freely; Belgium have won all 13 games that Mertens has scored in.
Kevin de Bruyne set up Romelu Lukaku with a scintillating outside of the boot pass and Lukaku slotted him on 69 minutes. Lukaku then put the game to bed six minutes later following a fine through ball from Eden Hazard.
Lukaku has now scored 14 goals in his last 10 Belgium appearances while Hazard has had a hand in 16 goals in his previous 16 games for Belgium.
Tunisia’s game was one of mixed emotions. One one hand they will see it as a case of a point loss after gifting England the winning goal in the 91st minutes. On the other hand, they can count themselves lucky that they did not lose by four or five goals.
The Tunisians had no answer for the direct, fast-flowing football England played in the opening 15 to 20 minutes and could easily have found themselves two or three goals down. Harry Kane opened the scoring on 11 minutes and should have had two penalties during the game after being grappled to the floor in moves that would not have looked out of place in an MMA fight.
Tunisia drew level after Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty that was never a penalty in a million years and they then dug in deep to frustrate England for the rest of the game. Whether it was a stoic defensive effort or poor attacking options from England remains to be seen but Tunisia held out until injury time in the second half before Kane escaped his marker to win the game for England with a clever header.
The defeat means Tunisia are now without a win in their previous 12 World Cup matches and this unwanted run will extend to 13 by the time the referee blows the final whistle on June 23rd.
Belgium are simply far too good for Tunisia. If Tunisia take the game to Belgium they will leave themselves open in defense and the Belgians will hit them on the break. If, like against England, Tunisia sit back and defend, Belgium will eventually grind them down and put the ball in the Tunisian goal.
A 3-0 Belgium win comes in at +800 and that looks a decent bet to make. With Lukaku being in great form, the +140 Bovada are offering on it being him or Wahbi Khazri to score first also looks like incredible value.
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