World Cup Group G – Betting Tips and Preview
England will be relatively pleased with their World Cup 2018 group draw, although they will come up against much-fancied Belgium as they look to progress to the last 16. Whilst they will obviously provide Gareth Southgate’s men with a major test, the Three Lions will be expecting to overcome Tunisia and Panama, the latter who will be at the showpiece event for the first time. All in all, the general feeling is that there were worse FIFA World Cup 2018 groups that England could’ve been drawn in.
The significant dates for World Cup 2018 for England fans are as follows. They will kick-off their campaign on Monday 18 June against Tunisia, hours after Belgium face Panama. The matches for Group G in the World Cup 2018 will be played over the next ten days with the top two sides progressing to the knockout phase.
It will be a demanding World Cup schedule for Group G and here at OpenOdds we will strive to give you a real insight into how the group could play out and also recommend some bets for punters.
Winner Prediction: Belgium
Even the most optimistic England fan will be concerned about the Belgium game. Premier League followers will know first-hand just what a talented group of players they boast, with some of the best players in the league from the European country.
Just a selection of the standouts include Mousa Dembele and Kevin De Bruyne in midfield, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku in attack whilst Tottenham pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen make up a formidable defence in front of Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.
Ultimately, they have a ridiculously talented squad, with many more quality individuals that we could’ve highlighted which is a worrying factor for other sides in the tournament. It’s easy to see why so many punters are searching for Belgium 2018 World Cup odds, as they do have the potential to lift the prestigious trophy.
Another familiar face will be in the dugout, with former Everton boss Roberto Martinez in charge of The Red Devils, with Thierry Henry as an assistant.
His lack of experience at the highest level might be a hindrance as the tournament progresses but they should be a good side to watch.
Martinez has been bold with his selections, often deploying a 3-4-3 formation that brings so many of the quality attacking players on the pitch at the same time.
Those attacking instincts are another reason why we think Belgium will win the group. Their game against England is the final match and if both sides have collected six points from six, which many will expect, whoever has a superior goal difference will only need a draw from the final match to finish top. It’s hard to envisage England scoring more against the other two sides than this Belgium team.
That final game in Kaliningrad will have a big say in who tops the group and we’d back Belgium to show their class if need be. That’s why we’d recommend them to finish first at 5/6 with Bet365.
Detailed overview of Group G
Whilst Belgium are a class above most at the World Cup, England will be delighted with the other two opponents in the group.
Southgate has got the side playing good football since taking over and whilst there were a few unconvincing moments in the qualifiers and certain positions are under scrutiny, this is an England squad that has a lot of talent.
In Kyle Walker, they have a versatile defender that is one of the best in the world in his position, with Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling performing at a higher level this season too.
Up top, Harry Kane has once again maintained his ridiculous goal scoring stats and will be expected to make a big impact in Russia.
England’s first game will be a repeat of a 1998 fixture, when they take on Tunisia. The Three Lions came through 2-0 winners that day in a game that is often remembered for the violence between the fans.
Whilst Tunisia will just be glad to be at Russia, they do deserve respect from England. They have a solid outlook and were very impressive in qualifying ahead of DR Congo.
One man they have in their ranks that fans will know is Wahbi Khazri, who endured a difficult spell with Sunderland. However, he has been in fine form for Rennes this season in France and will head into the tournament in good form.
However, there was bad news for the African country, with key striker Youssef Msakni ruled out with a knee injury last month.
Finally, Panama will be at their first finals and we certainly expect other teams in the group to know they’ve been in a game against the newcomers!
They adopt a very physical and rugged approach that will no doubt ruffle a few feathers, although if it oversteps the mark it could be a big issue for the team.
Midfielder Roman Torres scored the historic late goal that saw his country qualify to spark wild celebrations, which knocked USA out in the process.
37-year old forward Blas Perez, who spent a lot of time in America might be a name fans know and he is the joint-top scorer ever for Panama.
Runners-Up Prediction: England
Even though they have been friendly games, England have avoided defeat to the likes of Brazil, Germany and Italy in recent months and whilst the pressure of the World Cup, particularly for England, makes this a different proposition all together they clearly have quality.
Therefore, finishing second behind Tunisia and a very limited Panama side should be a simple task for Southgate and his men.
Fortunately, there seems to be very little advantage to finishing top of this group too. The winners of Group G will play the runners up of Group H, whilst second place in Group G will play the winners of Group H.
That group contains Senegal, Japan, Poland and Colombia.
With the quality they have, especially in the final third, England should have enough to beat Tunisia and Panama with relative ease. They have a clear style of play now and should enter the tournament with confidence.
Given that, backing the Three Lions to finish second with Sky Bet at 11/10 looks a very solid selection.
Recommended Bet: Tunisia to finish 3rd – Sky Bet – 5/6
Arguably the best bet of Group G World Cup 2018 is to bet on Tunisia to finish in third.
Quite simply, England and Belgium are a class above as we’ve covered and should easily occupy the top two positions.
However, Tunisia should also have too much for Panama to finish in third.
It was a fairly miraculous set of circumstances that brought the Central American country to Russia and getting here was the achievement.
In terms of quality of player, the Tunisians are playing at a much higher standard and should have the little bit of extra quality, particularly in the final third.
The likelihood is that third place will be determined on the final game between the sides and whilst it could be deemed a nothing game, both will be desperate to secure a win for their fans on the biggest stage.
Given that, we will back Tunisia’s extra quality to prevail which should ensure they finish third behind the two big boys in the group.