Place: Russia. Moscow. Otkritie Arena.
Date: on the 23rd of June, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 13:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, group G, 2nd round.
Belgium (the head coach Roberto Martínez)
In the first round of the group stage of the current FIFA World Cup three super sensations have been recorded. Alas, Germany, Brazil and Argentina have greatly disappointed their fans and the bettors of bookmaker offices. But, if Brazil and Argentina have tied the game, respectively, with Switzerland (1:1) and Iceland (1:1), then the defending World champions have managed to lose to Mexico (0:1).
Amazing miracles were happening on the field in the first half of the match Belgium vs Panama. Within 45 minutes the superstar team of Roberto Martinez couldn’t score even one goal to the team, which for 88 years of history of the World Cups has managed to qualify on the final tournament for the first time. And therefore before the break all efforts of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and their partners broke against the massive defense of the debutant. But as the second half began, the direct shot of Dries Mertens has surprised the goalkeeper of the rival Jaime Penedo. And then everything was put in its place and the goals were scored one by one (3:0).
Tunisia (the head coach Juan Nabil Maâloul)
The starting victory with goal difference in three balls has made Belgium the sole leader of the 7th group. In the other match of this quartet the ancestors of football have managed to pull out a victory from the team of Tunisia (2:1) only during the injury time. We will remind you that according to regulations of the FIFA World Cup in Russia in case of the equality of points in two and more teams the most important minor factor is the best difference of the scored and missed goals: Belgium – 3 (3:0), England – 3 (2:1), Tunisia – 0 (1:2), Panama – 0 (0:3).
And what about Tunisia? Having earned quite disputable penalty at the end of the first half, this African team has evened the score (1:1). And then for the whole second half of the match the initial underdog was fighting against the attack of Harry Kane, Bamidele Alli, Raheem Sterling and against the whole team of Gareth Southgate. But, nevertheless, on the 91st minute the direct shot of the captain has brought victory to English national team.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Belgium vs Tunisia
By analogy with group B where two bright favorites are Spain and Portugal, in the 7th quartet the final advantage of Belgium and Britain doesn’t raise any doubts. Of course, at the forthcoming meeting of the team of Roberto Martinez with Tunisia the opinion of experts is clear: Belgium – 1.35, Tunisia – 12.00.
However, between these two groups there is also one essential difference. If the defending champions of Europe and Furia Roja have already played with each other in a starting match in Sochi (3:3) and therefore they will surely score winning points in the matches with underdogs, then Belgium and England, on the contrary, will carry out their head-to-head only at the end of the group stage, on the 28th of June in Kaliningrad. And now the bright favorite of group G is getting ready for another victory.