Tunisia vs. England: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

England’s first World Cup game is on Monday evening when they host Tunisia.

Gareth Southgate’s side go into the competition as one of the dark horses and are in good form.

Ahead of the tournament they were too strong for Nigeria and Costa Rica.

Tunisia will be looking to surprise a few people at the competition and claim Africa’s first point of the World Cup.

They have looked decent in games ahead of the tournament and were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Spain.

The two countries have met twice prior, the most recent fixture back in the 1998 World Cup, which England won 2-0!

Draw HT / England FT – 57/17 with 888 Sport

Team news
Tunisia’s key player Wahbi Khazri looks set to be fit enough to feature for the African nation.

Leicester City’s Yohan Benalouane is likely to be among the substitutes.

Harry Maguire is set to get the nod over Gary Cahill in the final central defensive role.

Ashley Young is favourite to feature in place of Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

The final doubt in the XI is between Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier, with the former set to start.

Expected starting XI’s
Tunisia (4-3-3): Hassen; Bronn, Meriah, Maaloul, Ben Youssef; Skhiri, Sassi, Ben Amor; Khazri, Badri, Sliti
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dele, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane

Predictions

Result: England (2/5 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 1-2 (17/2 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Dele (2/1 with Bet 365)

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