2018 World Cup: Group G Preview

England ($1.11) will be hoping that their young side can progress past the Last 16 for the first time since 2006.

The Three Lions will face strong competition from Belgium ($1.06), who are favourites to top the group that consists of Tunisia ($5) and Panama ($8).

While the two European side are favourites to progress from beyond the group stage, it would take a massive upset for the two minnows to make it through to the knockout stages at the expense of one their more fancied rivals.

Suggested Bet: Exacta of Belgium to finish 1st and England to finish 2nd @ $2.20

England

England Coach Gareth Southgate has opted for youth over experience and will be hoping Three Lions Captain Harry Kane can replicate his club form on football’s biggest stage.

While Premier League continues to be the best football league in the world, England will be hoping to progress deep into the Finals in Russia.

The retirement of Wayne Rooney has seen the side packed with some of the best young footballers in Europe with Raheem Sterling, Kane and talented midfield Eric Dier.

England have been disappointing on the international stage and with the selection of so many younger players means that the expectations aren’t as high.

If England stars can replicate their club form, then they have the potential to challenge the big names in the competition.

First Match: vs Tunisia (Tuesday, 19th June 4AM AEST)

Belgium

For all of their limitless potential, the golden generation of Belgium football needs to deliver at an international tournament. Led by Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgium side is packed with world-class stars in every part of the field.

Thibaut Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and the backline includes Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored eleven goals in helping the side canter to qualification.

Former Everton boss Robert Martinez should have no issues in steering his side to the knockout phase of the competition for a potential clash with Brazil or Germany.

If the Red Devils are able to make it to the Final Four they could firm as a clear favourite for the trophy.

First Match: vs Panama (Tuesday, 19th June 1AM AEST)

Tunisia

The North African side have a real fight on their hands if they are going to progress into the second round of the tournament.

The Tunisian side aren’t blessed with any major stars and will struggle to match the scoring firepower of their European competition.

Manager Nabil Maâloul will be relying on a large number of players who ply their trade in France.

The squad had been hit by a number of injuries to key players and will be looking to Youssef Msakni to get his side on the scoresheet.

Tunisia faces a major challenge in progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament and their best chances of picking up points will be in their clash against Panama.

First Match: vs England (Tuesday, 19th June 4AM AEST)

Panama

The Red Wave will be competing at their first World Cup tournament after qualifying in third place in their group.

The Panamanian side will be relying on the veteran skipper Roman Torres who will have some of his country’s best young players with him on the field in their opening game against Belgium.

The majority of the side play their football in the MLS in the US and a lack of international tournament experience could count against them.

With world-class opposition in the form of Belgium and England, Panama will face a battle to get on the scoresheet, let alone win a match and there is value in betting around them in the group stages of the tournament.

First Match: vs Belgium (Tuesday, 19th June 1AM AEST)