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Betting Preview: Tunisia v England: Back Southgate’s side to keep a clean sheet

12:10 WAT 17/06/2018
Harry Maguire Harry Kane England Lithuania
The Europeans are defensively solid and will be confident of putting in a strong show against the North Africans

England trade tackles with Tunisia in their Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday evening.

The Eagles of Carthage had a remarkable qualifying campaign going unbeaten in a group containing DR Congo, Libya and Guinea.

They also had some good results in their warm-up games, holding Portugal to a 2-2 draw and narrowly losing 1-0 to Spain. This shows they have what it takes to compete with the big guns and are quoted at odds of (9.50) with Bet365 for a massive win.

The Three Lions also had an unbeaten run during the qualifiers and have faced big opposition in the warm-ups such as Italy, Netherlands, Brazil and Germany and avoided defeat in all.

This will give them the needed boost to impress in the global showpiece and are favourites with the same firm at odds of (1.40).

A draw wouldn’t be out of place considering how defensively solid both sides are and it’s (4.80) to go that way in Volgograd.

England have kept clean sheets in their last eight matches which include against the aforementioned giants. They will be confident of keeping another one here at odds of (1.66).

Gareth Southgate’s side are unbeaten in their last 10 games, winning seven and drawing three. The look good to avoid defeat at the Volgograd Arena at odds of (1.075).

Both teams have met twice with results ending 1-1 and 2-0 to England. What’s interesting is that only one the Three Lions last eight games has seen more than three games while it has occurred in just two of the Tunisian’s last six outings.

This points to this game been a low scoring affair with bookies offerings odds of (1.70) for less than two goals to surface.

Three of England’s previous eight matches has ended 1-0. Punters who are convinced can back that result in favour of the Europeans at the price of (5.00). 2-0 which was the result in their last outing in the group phase of the 1998 edition of the tournament is also valued at (6.00). 

Harry Kane will be leading the England frontline and looks set to have a good tournament on the back of scoring an impressive 38 goals in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur last season.

He is quoted at (3.60) by Bet365 to score first in the game and (1.83) anytime.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.