Tunisia vs England, Tunisia, England, Match Betting Preview, Monday 18th June 2018. FIFA World Cup 2018, Group G, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd. Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 19:00 GMT

Tunisia vs England
Monday 18th June 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018, Group G, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 19:00

England kick off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia, with Gareth Southgate’s youthful squad hoping to make a positive start in Group G.

Two wins from their last two warm-up friendlies is promising; as is England’s form since the former Middlesbrough boss took over. There is a clear style to the Three Lions’ play, a system, an identity – something they have been lacking for many years. A lot of people have described this England group as one of the least talented, given the players gone by in previous years. The ‘golden generation’, which contained masses of medals, trophies and countless honours, have now been and gone.

What England are left with is a group of unified players. A happy, confident-looking bunch. That positive atmosphere breeds; it’s written across all the players’ faces. It’s worth remembering that whilst England may lack a midfield maestro, like a Paul Scholes, they do have Harry Kane – one of the world’s best strikers. Kane struggled in France two years ago in his first international tournament. Now, as newly-appointed captain, the pressure is even greater for the Spurs forward to deliver. England have to build around him to have any hopes of progressing to the latter stages of the tournament.

Tunisia come into the game as firm underdogs. With Belgium and England expected to fight it out for top spot, they will be hoping to go under the radar and cause an upset. Ensuring victory against Panama and avoiding defeat in one of their other game looks to be their only hope. Their chances may be slender, but there is always a chance. They will be hoping for big performances from former Sunderland winger Wahbi Zhakri and striker Youssef Msakni. Msakhni was their top scorer in qualifying and has scored seven goals for them in the last 18 months.

Wilmer Roldan is the referee for England’s opening match. This is the Colombian’s second World Cup, having officiated four years ago against Brazil. In 125 international matches he has averaged 5.34 yellow cards and shown a penalty in 0.3 of his games. Therefore, any penalty bets might be worth a look whilst I’d advise 40+ booking points for the match.

For the first time in a while, the whole country seems behind England heading into a major tournament. Nobody expects them to lift the trophy, but there is a quiet sense of optimism. I expect England to get off to the perfect start on Monday, although as often is this case, nothing is ever straightforward with the Three Lions.

Prediction: Tunisia 0-2 England

Suggested Tips –  Tunisia vs England – (BET365):

  • Correct score: England to win 2-0 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips –  Tunisia vs England – (SKYBET):

  • Harry Kane to score first – 2/1.
  • Both Players to Score – Sterling & Rashford both to score – 7/2.
  • England to win to nil – 1/1.
  • England to win to Nil, 6+ England Corners, and 20 + Match Booking points – 2/1 (NAP).
  • England to score 2+ goals and 20+ Tunisia booking pts – 7/4.

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England vs Nigeria
Saturday 2nd June 2018
International Friendly, Wembley Stadium 

Live on ITV 1, Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT

England vs Nigeria: England host Nigeria in the first of a friendly doubleheader as Gareth Southgate looks finalises his starting side for the World Cup.

England’s two upcoming friendlies offer Southgate a final opportunity to tinker with his side. This is the first game the Three Lions have played since their World Cup squad was announced. They’re expected to line up with a back three, a system they have often plays under his reign. He has, however, rotated between the 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 system. I believe Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ACL injury will push Southgate towards the 3-4-3 formation, with Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson likely to be England’s starting central midfield pairing.

The main decisions for Southgate lie in defence and attack. It appears to be a straight shoot-out between Dele Alli and Jese Lingard to join Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in a dynamic trio. In goal, we are still no nearer to discovering whether Jack Butland or Jordan Pickford will don the number one shirt. Kyle Walker’s role in the side is also a much-discussed topic. Despite being a natural RB/RWB, Southgate played the City defender at RCB, a role he performed well in. That could allow Kieran Trippier or the ever-improved Trent Alexander- Arnold the chance to operate down the right-hand side.

You can bet on England’s starting X! for their first World Cup group game and I fancy this team at 6/1 (Pickford, Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Rose, Henderson, Dier, Sterling, Alli, Kane).

Nigeria will be a good test for England. They have strung together some impressive results, most notably their 4-2 win against Argentina last November. Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses are all well-known Premier League names and all three should start at the World Cup. They will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in a tough-looking Group; if they can make it past the group stages that would be an impressive tournament.

Marco Guida is the referee for Saturday’s match. The Italian has the highest average card total in Serie A, with 5.38 per match. He has officiated 16 league games this season, brandishing 79 yellow cards and three red cards.

Whilst both manager will use this game to fine tune their sides, they will both want to win. England should have too much for Nigeria and I expect them to win with a little to spare.

England vs Nigeria will be televised live in the UK from Wembley Stadium on ITV 1 with kick-off at 17:15.

Prediction: England 2-0 Nigeria

Suggested Tips – England vs Nigeria (BET365):

  • Correct score, England 2-0 –(link no longer available).
  • Harry Kane to score first – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – England vs Nigeria (SKYBET):

  • Sterling to score and win – 2/1.
  • England to win by exactly two goals – 3/1.
  • England to win to nil – 11/10.

Odds and markets last updated on 27 March 2018 @16:50 GMT.

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England vs Italy. Betting Match Preview, Friday 23rd March 2018, International Friendly, Wembley Stadium . Live on ITV 1, Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT.

England vs Italy
Friday 23rd March 2018
International Friendly, Wembley Stadium 

Live on ITV 1, Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT

England vs Italy: England will be hoping to back up their victory over Holland on Friday night with a win against Italy.

Gareth Southgate’s men came out triumphant in Amsterdam, with Jesse Lingard grabbing the only goal of the match. The Manchester United forward divides opinion in England but there is no doubting his habit of scoring important goals in crucial games. In the absence of Harry Kane, Southgate gave Marcus Rashford the nod down the middle, alongside Lingard and Raheem Sterling. The three combined well throughout the match, with their pace and fluidity causing issues for the Dutch backline.

Southgate also sprung a surprise in defence. Kyle Walker began the game as right-centre back, with Keiran Trippier at right-wing back. The former Sheffield United man played at the heart of the defence during his stint at Bramall Lane. It proved to be another viable option for Southgate as he looks to mould his World Cup starting 11 for Russia. Jordan Pickford also impressed as he staked his claim for number one jersey. A clean sheet and composed performance will certainly have done the Everton stoppers chances no harm.

Italy suffered a 2-0 defeat to Argentina on Friday night. After failing to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, the Italy squad is starting a new dawn. With a new generation of Italian talent coming through, it will be the next permanent boss’ job to turn them into a success. Luigi Di Biagio has been given temporary charge of Azzurri having been promoted from the U21s.

England’s have won one of their last seven matches against Italy. That win came in a friendly back in 2012 with Jermain Defoe grabbing the winner. This will be the Italian’s third visit to the new Wembley as they seek their first win on English soil since 2002.

With both these two teams very much in transition, it could be an interesting matchup. The England camp, however, will be much more positive after their victory on Friday night. Therefore, I think they’ll nick the game but I expect it to be a tight contest.

England vs Italy will be televised live in the UK on ITV 1 with kick-off at 20:00 GMT.

Prediction: England 1-0 Italy.

Suggested tips – England vs Italy (SKYBET):

  • Correct score, England to win 1-0 – 9/2.
  • Vardy to score and win – 5/2.
  • Sterling and Immobile to both score – 8/1.
  • England to win by exactly one goal – 11/4.
  • BTTS and under 2.5 goals – 9/2.

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England vs Brazil - Friendly - Match Preview

England vs Brazil – Friendly – Match Preview – England will be hoping for another positive result when they host Brazil at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s much-changed team will be looking to grab a win following their 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday.

After an encouraging display last time out, England will look to push on with another good display. Southgate’s young lions put in a dogged display against the World Champions, with a number of players putting in good performances. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was awarded man of the match and the Chelsea loanee will have put himself at the forefront of Southgate’s mind ahead of next year’s World Cup. Alongside Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford stood out, twice preventing Timo Werner from opening the scoring in impressive fashion.

Loftus-Cheek impressed against Germany in the last friendly Photo Credit: skysports.com

Joe Gomez and Tammy Abraham also both made their full debuts, with Abraham coming closest to scoring for the home side. Whilst both didn’t really do a lot wrong, I think it’ll be tough for them to force a way into the 23-man squad when everyone’s fit. Southgate started the game with a back three, a formation that the Englishman has favoured in recent games.

If England are going to be successful this summer and beyond, I think it’s a system they need to stick with. With a full complement of players, the system suits the players available best. It allows Dele Alli to get closer to Harry Kane from a central area and allows the likes of Adam Lallana, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling the space to create chances.

Brazil’s front three will be a handful for the England defence Photo Credit: skyports.com

Brazil come into this match off the back of a 3-1 win against Japan. Gabriel Jesus continued his fine run of form with the third and final goal, his 12th strike of the season. With an array of attacking talent including Phillipe Coutinho, Willian and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, it’ll be a stern test for England’s rear-guard.

England have a good record in recent years against Brazil, losing just one of their last four games. That defeat came back on November 14th in 2009, meaning Tuesday’s match will be exactly eight years on. The last four meetings between the two sides have yielded ten goals, averaging at exactly 2.5 a game. With that in mind, I think that there will be goals in this game.


Prediction: England 1-2 Brazil









England vs Germany - Friendly - Match Preview

England vs Germany – Friendly – Match Preview – England face Germany at Wembley tomorrow night, with fans excited to see Gareth Southgate’s experimental three lions side in action.

Southgate’s squad has been decimated by injuries, with a number of high-profile players withdrawing from the squad. Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are just a few key players who will be unavailable for the match, which offers the opportunity for several uncapped players to seize their chance.

Loftus-Cheek is set to start against Germany Photo Credit: skysports.com

Southgate yesterday called up Burnley midfielder Jack Cork, with a number of midfielders out injured. Cork has had a fine season for Sean Dyche’s side and has been a revelation since joining for £10million in the summer from Swansea City. It has also been confirmed that uncapped Crystal Palace loanee, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his debut tomorrow, whilst Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez will be hoping to do the same. With Kane out injured, Southgate is yet to reveal who will captain the side. Joe Hart and Gary Cahill are amongst the main contenders, should either be chosen to start.

With the World Cup looming, the opportunity for fringe players to make their mark is huge. Southgate has been very strong in his selections, refusing to pick higher-profiled players if they’re not playing regularly for their club. Jack Wilshere, Chris Smalling and Danny Drinkwater have all been a victim of this. This refreshing approach could well lead to a more unified England set-up and whilst nobody is expecting much in Russia, it could be a catalyst for future success.

Marcel Halstenberg is set to start for Germany Photo Credit: rblive.de

Germany have named Marcel Halstenberg in their squad, with the Leipzig defender looking to earn his first cap for his country. Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze have also both been re-called to the set-up following injuries. With big names like Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels all available, it could be a tough night for this young England side.

England have only won one of their last four meetings with Germany, which came back in 2016. The last meeting ended in a 1-0 defeat for them, with a new-look team going down to a Lukas Podolski wonder strike. England’s more recent performances against ‘the old enemy’ can give them confidence, with the last three games all finishing with just one goal between the teams.

With England so heavily depleted, I can only see one winner on Friday night. Even if Germany rest some of their star players, I think they’ll have too much for Southgate’s men.


Prediction: England 0-2 Germany









Lithuania vs England - Match Preview

Lithuania vs England – Match Preview – After England’s dramatic last-gasp victory over Slovenia last time out, The Three Lions have secured their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Can they finish the qualification campaign in style with a dominant performance over Lithuania?

Lithuania have only picked up the one victory so far, against group whipping boys Malta, so expectations will be understandably high as Gareth Southgate will look for a better showing than the sluggish 2-0 win in the reverse fixture. There are places at the World Cup at stake.

Slovakia, Slovenia and more notably Scotland all have a potential play-off spot to battle for but once again, England have qualified for the World Cup with relative ease, despite not being wholly convincing in the process.

There have been positives, however, the scintillating form of Harry Kane – with yet another crucial late goal on Thursday night – alongside the team’s general resilience makes for good reading. England have scored three injury time goals to claim points in this qualification campaign, and battled to gain something from the match against Scotland, Slovakia twice and now Slovenia.

An impressive defensive record is another highlight of the group; no European team has conceded less than the three England have let in. The solidity at the back has been paramount in the side, once again, not losing a single match in the entirety of the group to date.

With Southgate saying that many of the current squad selected have not earned their place or do not deserve to be there, an extensive absentee list is highlighted. This means that places are surely still up for grabs on the plane so an outstanding performance could give the ex-England u21 boss a much-welcomed headache moving forward.

There is no reason to suggest this match will be anything other than a classic England game, the opposing side will sit deep and attempt to frustrate The Three Lions, but, even if not exhilarating, England will eventually break Lithuania down and do enough to claim the win. A clean sheet and three points should be extremely likely.

Team News
Even with players missing, there is still quality throughout the England squad, and undoubtedly enough to see off the challenge of a team like Lithuania. Dele Alli is set to return following his suspension for a rude gesture. Three strikers in the form of Jermain Defoe, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy all sat on the bench without an opportunity to come on against Slovenia, so some change may take place up front to rotate. Michael Keane may also look to start as Southgate looks towards nailing down a central defensive partnership in time for the World Cup.

Marcus Rashford can become an England great in the future Photo credit: skysports.com

Player to Watch
Marcus Rashford seems to be completely unflustered, regardless of the increasing pressure of the stage he is performing. A meteoric rise to superstardom has been clutched with both hands and the 19-year-old has not looked back, seizing his place in both the England and Manchester United teams. One of the high points of the qualification campaign was the forward’s wonderful 20-yard strike to complete a comeback against Slovakia. More moments of magic are sure to come in an England shirt as he helps shoulder the hopes of an underperforming nation at the next World Cup and beyond.


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World Cup Qualifiers - England vs Slovenia - Match Preview

England vs Slovenia – Match Preview – England return to action on Thursday, knowing just a win would secure their automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side sit five points ahead of second placed Slovakia. A draw against Slovenia would all but ensure top spot in Group F, but a win would mathematically seal their fate. England will be without Deli Alli for the match, with the Spurs’ man missing through suspension. The Three Lions do however have Harry Kane fit and available, with the Tottenham striker having scored 11 goals in his last six games. Kane also scored two in England’s last game against Malta, showing he can replicate his club form for his country as well.

Whilst England are yet to lose in this group, they did draw with Slovenia back in October last year. That point means Slovenia are one of only two teams to take points away from them in the group. England will be hoping this won’t happen again, as they look to cross the line in qualification. A positive for England is they have kept six clean sheets in eight games, but they have conceded three in their last three. With them holding the best offensive and defensive record in the group, that should be enough to see them grab three points.

Can Harry Kane fire England into the World Cup? Photo Credit: skysports.com

Slovenia, like England, have a very good defensive record. With them only conceding four goals in their eight matches so far, they have the next best record after England. Their Achilles heel however, is offensively. They have only scored ten goals so far, with only Malta and Lithuania scoring less in the group. If they are to get a result a Wembley, they will need to buck that trend, and been more offensive.

With Slovenia knowing a result for them would put them in the driving seat for second spot, they have even more motivation to try and get a result. With them sitting just a point behind Slovakia and level with Scotland, they could end the night in second place as the other two teams face each other. That would leave them with a final showdown with the Scots on match day ten, but they would be in control of their own destiny.

Unfortunately for them, I don’t see that happening. With qualification just in sight for England, I think they’ll get the job done at Wembley, with a comprehensive win.


Prediction: England 2-0 Slovenia


England vs Slovakia - Match Preview

England vs Slovakia – Match Preview – Slovakia will be relishing the opportunity to snatch direct World Cup qualification from England’s hands at Wembley in a crucial Group F match with just three matches remaining in the qualification group just two points separate the two sides.

Only the team that finishes top of the group receives the reward of automatically qualifying to the 2018 World Cup in Russia – with the second-place teams in each of the European groups going into a play-off match.

England, once again, will be expected to surpass the (now Slovakian) obstacle in their way and top yet another major tournament qualifying group. After a slight blip in the 2-2 tie against Scotland due to Leigh Griffiths magic, England dispatched Malta 4-0 in a game that Gareth Southgate’s side did nothing to dispel the current concerns around the national team.

It was a laboured performance which saw the Three Lions struggle to create many opportunities but it maintained the gap over Monday’s opponents, who are on a run of five straight victories and have first spot within their crosshairs.

Marek Hamsik can cause England problems from the middle of the field Photo Credit: skysports.com

Jan Kozak’s team are currently 28th in the world and are by no means pushovers, possessing real quality in the side via the mediums of players such as Napoli icon Marek Hamsik and ex Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel.

A marked improvement will be needed for England to navigate the Slovakian onslaught, in a game that could be reminiscent of the blunder against Croatia in 2008, (losing a vital match 3-2 and subsequently not qualifying for that year’s European Championships) if not treated with the required determination and diligence. The Falcons are buoyant after overwhelming fellow home nation Scotland 3-0 in Trnava last time out.

Even so, England have kept clean sheets in their last three encounters with Slovakia (winning the reverse fixture 1-0) and the quality littered throughout Southgate’s team should be more than adequate in seeing the job through. Victory would see England’s all but guaranteed passage through to Russia, where they can really begin to dream.

Team News
Everton stopper Jordan Pickford has withdrawn from the squad due to injury which should see the under-fire Joe Hart retain his no.1 spot. Jordan Henderson has been confirmed as the game’s captain as Southgate decides on a progressive, rotational replacement for the captaincy voided by Wayne Rooney’s permanent departure.

Kane scored a brace against Malta and will need to find his goalscoring touch again against Slovakia Photo Credit: skysports.com

Player to Watch
Harry Kane has had vast amounts of column inches dedicated to him at the start of this season, once again failing to break his ‘August duck’ in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur in a sluggish opening period to the campaign. The 24-year-old did however open his account for the season with a brace against Malta, taking his current tally to 10 strikes in just 20 appearances for England – a stellar record. The general premise of Kane is that if you allow him even half a yard, he will punish even the strongest teams.

The striker never seems to lack confidence and has earned his place in leading the line for his country with several fantastic seasons at club level (winning back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots). Now he needs to exorcise the demons of a disastrous Euro 2016, take his nation to another major tournament, and perform to the standard he is blatantly capable of when he is there. That path begins with Slovakia on Monday.


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Malta vs England - Match Preview

Malta vs England – Match Preview – Gareth Southgate’s men are back in action for a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Malta. The Three lions are yet to be beaten during the qualifying campaign, having won 4 of their six encounters thus far.

Travelling to Malta could spell trouble for England however, who have only won one of their three away fixtures so far in Group F. Malta are sitting rock bottom of the qualifying group though; yet to claim a point after six matches.

With only two goals to their name, the Maltese attack hasn’t had much effect to this date. The same could be said for the defence, who have conceded 15 goals; five coming from a battering to the feet from Scotland back in 2016. However, Malta took the field back in June of this year against the Ukraine in a friendly and came out victorious 1-0.

England will be expected to win comfortably against Malta Photo Credit: skysports.com

England shouldn’t face too many issues in their trip to Malta, however as always, the talking points have been around squad selection. Following Wayne Rooney’s retirement from international football, many will be looking to Harry Kane to create yet another legacy spearheading the English attack. Kane has only scored once so far in the qualifying campaign, however will be many peoples favourite to bag a goal this Friday.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – England to Win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 11/4

Skybet First Goalscorer – Harry Kane to score 1st – 2/1

As aforementioned, the likelihood of Malta challenging England on the score line is rather slim. If they were to pull off a victory, it would not only be possibly the biggest victory in their history but also would shine a very glum light onto Gareth Southgate at the throne of the England national team.

Skybet Match Result – Malta to Win – 40/1

The two nations have only ever met four times in their history, with England winning all four matches. The biggest score line was 5-0 to England back in 1971, could history repeat itself?

Skybet Correct Score – England to Win 5-0 – 13/2


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Netherlands vs England - Match Preview

Netherlands vs England – Match Preview – England face hosts Netherlands in the semi-final stage of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017. Both sides have won all their matches so far in the tournament, with two good crowd followings behind them at their matches.

 Netherlands won all three of their group stage games; overcoming Norway, Denmark and Belgium. The host nation has continued to impress past that stage, beating a strong Swedish side in front of a sell out crowd in Doetinchem.

 Mark Sampson’s England side cruised through Group D, topping the standings above Scotland, Spain and Portugal. The ‘Lionesses’ then went on to beat France in the quarter-final in a tight and tense affair. Striker Jodie Taylor’s goal was the difference as she has added yet another to her tally in a promising bid to win the tournament’s golden boot award.

 Netherlands have given the home crowd much to cheer about since the first whistle was blown. The creative attacking three of Martens, Miedema and van de Sanden have been fantastic for the hosts, and can cause the English defence a lot of problems.

Lieke Martens will be a threat to the England defence with her pace and creativity Photo Credit: skysports.com

 Left sided attacker, Lieke Martens, has been one of the most dangerous attackers at the tournament. Her sheer pace and danger when she cuts in on her right foot has seen plenty of full-backs left for dead, whilst Vivienne Miedema of Arsenal has been the physical, clinical presence that has been required up front. With the backing of a home crowd, can Netherlands continue their perfect summer?

Skybet Match Result – Netherlands to Win in 90 mins – 2/1

Egland captain Steph Hughton will hope she can lead her team to the finals Photo Credit: skysports.com

 England have been one of, if not the most impressive team at this tournament so far. Mark Sampson’s tactics have seen his defence concede once in four showings; the same as their semi-final opponents. Captain, Steph Houghton, has been a leader on the pitch commanding the best from her defenders whilst producing a solid base for England at the back.

 Striker, Jodie Taylor, is in the form of her life so far at the tournament having netted five goals in three appearances. One to never miss the target, Netherlands will have to keep her on lock down if they are to have any chance of keeping a clean sheet.

 Can the ‘Lionesses’ continue an already incredible summer for English national sides by qualifying to the final?

Skybet Match Result – England to Win in 90 mins – 7/5


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