Betting tip World Cup 2018: Belgium - Tunesien

Saturday, 23.06.2018 at 14:00 o’clock (CET)

Belgien has another „duty task“ to fulfill

After the first round of matches at the World Cup 2018, the roles have clearly been distributed in Group G. In our opinion, the team of Belgium is the most promising favorite for finishing on first place and with a win in the second match against Tunisia, they can get a lot closer to this final result. In our World Cup Bet Tips we inform you - as usual - about all important facts concerning the current form of both teams. The duel kicks off on June 23 at 2:00 pm (CET).

Belgium

  • good record in the direct duel
  • can trust in its top-strikers
  • main goalkeeper could miss the match due to an injury

Tunisia

  • stable defense
  • World Cup qualification without defeat

Current Form Belgium

One thing must be said right at the beginning: Belgium is one of the few favorites in the World Cup, which was able to convince in the first group match. Considering that Panama seemed to be the easiest fate for Belgium though, the Central Europeans played as one would imagine a World Cup favorite - confident, strong in play, cold-blooded. In addition, it must be stressed that one or the other team of the World Cup will have their troubles with Panama - as you might not have expected before the match, the outsider was able to compete against Belgium, therefore keeper Thibault Courtouis had to show his whole class at times. One of the strongest in the Belgian squad: striker Romelu Lukaku, who delivered especially in the second half a more than appealing performance. The Manchester striker became more and more involved in the build-up game of his team over the time, repeatedly acted as a target player, claimed the ball well and also participated in combinations. Lukakus strong performance secured Belgium an additional key element in the foremost third of the field. In addition, the topscorer of the Belgian federation was able to tear holes in the defense of the opponent repeatedly with his explosive acceleration. Also Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, who formed the core Roberto Martinez‘ team by organizing the game structure on Belgium’s side and - according to the statistics – submitted the most "Key Passes" – i.e. the most crucial passes in the offensive. In the case of de Bruyne, there were 12 of them, while Hazard’s count showed 9 of them after 90 minutes. Thomas Meunier also delivered a strong performance on Belgium’s side, who was a good bit ahead of his counterpart on the left, Yannick Carrasco. As one of the most important factors in Belgium’s offensive endeavors we consider Belgium variability: Hazard and Mertens changed positions fluidly throughout the game, making the Belgian offensive hard to figure out. Strong: With their 3-0 win against Panama, Belgium have been unbeaten in five games throughout 2018 and have conceded just one goal in those five games, as they did in the 4-1 win against Costa Rica, right before the beginning of the World Cup. Moreover, the last defeat was almost 2 years ago in early September against Spain, when they lost a friendly match 0:2. That Belgium is able to dominate an control weaker opponents, showed a strong 61 percent ball possession against Panama. Furthermore, Belgium was highly efficient, as 50 percent of the total of 6 degrees have been converted into goals. Therefore we can also expect one or two hits by Belgium in Saturday’s game.

Current Form Tunisia

Tunisia missed a sensation against England at the last second of the game. At the end, Tunisia had a close 1:2 defeat to swallow, which we also predicted in our World Cup betting tips by recommending a win of the "Three Lions". One thing has to be made clear here: The statistics clearly show that the defeat of Nabil Maloul's team was absolutely fine, but with a bit more efficiency from the English side, this game would probably have been lost much earlier. After 90 minutes, there were no less than 13 final attempts of the Englishman to book, while Tunisia could convert his only shot on the English goal in a hit, whereas 9 English shots found their way directly to the opposing goal. Following that, one could say that the Tunisian team acted highly efficient. Nevertheless, it should be even harder against Belgium for Tunisia, because we do not expect that Lukaku & Co need as many opportunities to come to success like the English strikers. Moreover, goal of North African team also came from a penalty and it is unlikely that Tunisia will seek its salvation in offensive endeavors on Saturday. The strengths of the underdog are clearly on the defensive: Even on Monday, they could resist for a long time against the attacks of the English. Bitter news for Tunisia: With Mouez Hassen injury, Tunisia's first keeper will probably miss for the game against Belgium. If he does not get fit in time, Farouk Ben Mustapha will be a reliable substitue for Maloul‘s team. While preparing for the match against Belgium, Tunisia should recall the qualification for the finals in Russia. In this one has shown what it is able to afford completed the entire campaign without defeat. In 2018, the international record of Tunisia looks less good after the defeat against the "Three Lions": 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. The fact that they could also keep up with some of the best teams in the world - for example in the 0-1 against Spain or the 2-2 against Portugal - does not change Tunisia’s role as an outsider in Saturday’s game. Especially since the statistics of the direct duel also does not speak for Tunisia: the last meeting with Belgium in 2014 was lost with 0:1, the only victory dates from the year 1992 and has therefore lost any relevance. That Tunisia’s squad is inferior to Belgium’s is not up for debate here. In any case, Tunisia has to increase its playing with high balls: only a success rate of 23 (!) percent could be recorded against England. Especially the buildup-game through the center seems to be enormously difficult for Tunisia’s team: only 18 percent of all attempts in attacking were played through the middle. Accordingly, it is to be expected that the North Africans will increasingly try to succeed over the wings on Saturday.

Forecast and Betting Tipp

A game, in which the roles are clearly distributed. Belgium will be able to act under less pressure after the opening victory against Panama, whereas we do not expect a relevant increase in Tunisia’s performance. Our bet tip there: Tip 1, win to nil.

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