Prior to a ball being kicked in this World Cup campaign, Belgium are priced at 1.95 with the bookmakers to top Group G, which also includes England and Panama. Tunisia, meanwhile, are available at odds of 26.00 to top the pile.
If anything tells you about the gulf in quality between these two teams, it’s that!
This Belgium side is packed with quality, and when this generation of Belgian players is described as a ‘golden generation’ it is hard to dispute the claim. That said, they haven’t gone beyond the quarter-finals of either the World Cup in 2014 nor Euro 2016, and so it is about time that these players, as talented as they are, started to cash in on their excellence by reaching the semi-finals at the very least.
In their favour is the fact that they couldn’t have wished for a better group. Panama will offer minimal resistance, while England’s woes at major tournaments are well documented.
Which leaves Tunisia, a side who qualified for Russia with relative ease from the CAF section of qualifying, going unbeaten through their six matches (W4 D2 L0) in a group which also contained Congo, Libya and Guinea. Naturally, they will be making a step up here against Belgium and in unfamiliar European conditions too; the temperature can be as low as 12° in Moscow in the summer….some 15° colder than the same month in Tunisia!
So the cards are stacked against the African side here; can they deliver the mother of all upsets or will Belgium take care of business as expected? Belgium vs Tunisia preview and find out what are experts' predictions! Make sure you read also about another game of Tunisian team, the last game of group stage - Panama vs Tunisia.
From the first round
|Statistics for last 10 matches (including WC)||Belgium / Tunisia|
|Number of wins:||8 / 4|
|Number of draws:||2 / 4|
|Average scored goals per match:||2.8 / 1.5|
|Average conceded goals per match:||0.8 / 1.1|
|Failure to score matches:||1 / 2|
|Team form (last 5 matches):||WDWWW / WDDLL|
Belgium was playing as a favourite against Panama. They won 3-0 but what's surprising is the goalless first half. Panama defended pretty well and Belgium couldn't find a way to score. Is that going to be a thing for them for this whole tournament?
Tunisia were really good defensively, especially their goalkeeper's - Mouez Hassen - performance was up to par. He was really great on the line, with awesome reflex and it is a shame that he had to be substituted due to a shoulder injury. Finally the match ended 2-1 and if Tunisia can produce the same performance against Belgium, they may be a tough side to beat. This of course should reflect in Belgium vs Tunisia betting tips.