Belgium’s resounding 3-0 win over Panama in their first Group G outing means they only need to beat Tunisia on Saturday to book their place in the last 16 with a game to spare. As for the Africans, nothing but a point here will do. Which way will this one go? Let’s take a look with our Belgium vs Tunisia betting tips.
They took their sweet time about it, but the Belgians finally found their rhythm against a Panamanian side hellbent on disrupting their flow. After a goalless first period, Kevin de Bruyne found his passing range in the second half and Eden Hazard began to have more influence on proceedings, and it was little surprise when Dries Mertens broke the deadlock shortly after the interval.
Romelu Lukaku added a classy brace to put some gloss on the scoreline and lay down a real marker to England in Group G.
As for Tunisia, the 1-2 scoreline against the English looks a decent result on paper, but context is everything. Their goal came from a rather fortunate penalty decision, while England missed a handful of great chances, hit the woodwork twice and had a least one stonewall penalty claim turned down.
Realistically, the Tunisians could have been spanked 0-4 on another day.
There will be no let-up from Belgium, who will want to secure a last 16 spot at the earliest available opportunity. Can the Tunisians prevent them from doing so? Let’s take a look in our Belgium vs Tunisia betting tips.
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Belgium vs Tunisia Betting Tips
Football isn’t played on paper, of course, but if it was then Belgium would go close to winning this competition.
They possess one of the best goalkeepers and central defensive partnerships at the World Cup, with Kevin de Bruyne comfortably one of the most creative midfield talents on show.
On his day Eden Hazard is unplayable, Dries Mertens has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Napoli and Romelu Lukaku does not need asking twice to put the ball in the net.
The Belgians have never quite fired in a major tournament, but they are wholly adept at putting weaker sides away and, unfortunately for them, that’s a category we have to file Tunisia under.
They were completely bossed by England, and in truth it is hard to know where their goals will come from with Sunderland reject Whabi Khazri playing in a false nine role.
Defending for 90 minutes against anyone is tough, but against a Belgium side with a number of players who can open doors with a pinpoint pass or seamless change of pace? Not ideal.
And so our standout bet is Belgium with a -1 Handicap at 19/20 with William Hill.
Belgium vs Tunisia Betting Tips: Side Markets
There are some fantastic attacking line-ups at World Cup 2018, but Belgium’s quartet of De Bruyne-Hazard-Mertens-Lukaku is right up there, with support from out wide provided by Thomas Meunier and Yannick Carrasco.
It is a starting eleven designed to attack and one that is unstifled by the claustrophobic coaching of Roberto Martinez; compare and contrast that to Jorge Sampaoli’s woes with Argentina.
There’s an odds-against chance with NetBet that is really interesting: Belgium to score in both halves at 13/10.