By William Hill
Last Updated: 18th June 2018
England face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in their group matches. With Belgium the clear favourites to win the group – we look at England’s chances of progressing from World Cup 2018 Group G.
Tunisia v England – Harry Kane Scorecast/1-0 England – 12/1
The story of Group G begins with this fixture. With Panama odds on to finish bottom – the runner-up spot will be most likely contested by England and Tunisia, who will lock horns in the Volgograd Arena on Monday night.
In Tunisia’s last four against top-20 ranked international sides, they have been involved in three games with less than 1.5 goals scored. Expect another low-scoring fixture, given Tunisia are well organised at the back.
England’s captain Harry Kane will be a popular first scorer bet and in the last five internationals that he has netted, he’s bagged the opener in four of them.
Belgium 6 Panama 0 – Correct Score – 33/1
Fifth favourites to win the World Cup outright – Belgium are expected to thrash their opening opposition Panama.
The Red Devils scored 43 goals in qualifying, keeping clean sheets in six of their 10 fixtures.
100/1 World Cup betting outsiders Switzerland hammered Panama by the above scoreline in March – a side that Belgium beat 2-1 in their last meeting in 2016.
We’ve already seen a high-scoring fixture this World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia so don’t be too surprised if the original inventors of cricket hit Panama for six.
Belgium 0 England 0 – Correct Score – 9/1
We expect Belgium and England to have both taken maximum points and already secured qualification to the knockout rounds when they face each other in the final group match.
This would give Roberto Martinez and Gareth Southgate a chance to rotate their squads and rest key players for the knockout stages.
England have drawn their final group game 0-0 in the last two summer tournaments and at least one game has finished goalless in their last five tournaments.
Furthermore, England have been involved in 11 goalless draws at World Cups, which is more than any other nation.
This one is unlikely to live up to the hype and we suspect it will be an entertaining goalless draw between the top sides of World Cup 2018 Group G.