Belgium had an easy job against Panama in the opening match of the Group G at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, convincingly beating the debutants 3-0, while the Red Devils face Tunisia on this Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. The Eagles of Carthage were beaten by England 2-1 in their first clash of the tournament, so they need an upset here to stay in the race for the Round of 16.
Belgium vs. Tunisia
3-Way: 1: Belgium -333; X: +500 Draw; 2: Tunisia +1000 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -1.5: Belgium -110; Tunisia +100
Total +2.5: Over -143; Under +110
Recent Form and Team News
Belgium has overcome Panama 3-0 without breaking too much sweat, proving they have a quality to easily beat underdogs, although there were some problems in the first half when Belgium couldn’t break the deadlock. Romelu Lukaku scored the brace in the second half to help his team along the way, but Belgium’s defense made some mistakes, allowing Panama a couple of huge scoring opportunities. It was Belgium’s third win in a row with at least three goals scored, while the Red Devils are unbeaten in 20 straight matches.
On the other side, Tunisia had a difficult time in their first clash at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, losing 2-1 to England, but it could have been much worse for the Eagles of Carthage. They were pretty lucky in the first 45 minutes when England missed some colossal chances, while Tunisians were so close to making an upset, allowing the decisive goal in the injury time of the second half. Tunisia is winless in the previous four tilts, recording two stalemates and two defeats with a 5:7 goal difference.
Players to Watch
Romelu Lukaku will surely look for more goals in this one, as the 25-year old striker is a +800 favorite to win the Golden Boot after a brace against Panama. Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will continue to orchestrate the play, while both these guys could easily score against Tunisia.
On the other side, the captain Wahbi Khazri will have to step up and create some chances in the final third, as Tunisia looked quite helpless against England. Naim Sliti had a poor game in the previous round, and the team needs his creativity, too.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Belgium is unbeaten in 20 matches in a row
- Belgium kept the net intact in five out of the last six encounters
- Belgium is a +850 favorite to beat the 2018 World Cup
- Belgium is at +550 to be the highest scoring team in Russia
- Tunisia is winless in the previous four tilts
- Tunisia kept the clean sheet in three out of the last seven games
- Tunisia is a +1200 underdog to reach the Round of 16
- Tunisia is at +250 to finish bottom of the Group G
The Red Devils haven’t impressed against Panama, despite a convincing 3-0 victory, and they should have a more difficult job against the Eagles of Carthage. However, with plenty of talent among the squad, Belgium just has to win the matches like this one, and I think they will cover the spread at -1.5. On the other side, Tunisia needs at least a point to stay in the competition for the top two spots in Group G, so they will have to try to find the net. Hereof, the bettors should consider wagering on the over, while all lines and markets are available on BetDSI Sportsbook.
The Pick: Belgium AH -1.5 (-110)