Belgium vs Tunisia

Belgium looked better in the first halftime against Panama and created some decent chances, however the first part of the match ended without goals. When players from Panama tried to do something more, they got severely punished.

Mertens opened them up in 47th minute as the Europeans upped their tempo, while Lukaku sealed the victory with two goals, in 69th and 75th minute. It was obvious that the Belgians were far more technically gifted and their victory could have been even bigger.

At the same time, there's no doubt that they didn't need to press too much once they had the lead. They are already leading the table thanks to better goal difference and in case they continue in similar manner they could be satisfied with a draw only against English side that are their biggest opponents in this group.

Lukaku should lead their attack. Formation should be 3-4-2-1 with Hazard and Mertens as offensive midfielders. Dedryck Boyata will continue to keep his place in defense, as Vincente Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen remain unfit for now.

Tunisia might feel bad that they have conceded late goal during the additional time to suffer 1:2 defeat against England last Monday evening. However, needs to be said that they actually didn't deserve much more as the English side showed their superiority during the clash.

Kane brought England into the lead in eleventh minute, while Tunisia leveled up from a penalty kick taken by Sassi which might not be given completely fairly. Second part was spent in domination of the English team as they surely deserved to score earlier, but second goal from Kane sealed their victory deservedly in first minute of additional time.

African side already now has very weak chances of progressing further and even though their quality is limited for this group and such opponent, they will need to seek for a victory here and risk more against Belgium.

Tunisians should be led by Khazri as central striker. Formation seems to be version of 4-1-4-1. Youssef, Sassi, Badria and Sliti should be offensive help to Khazri. Goalkeeper Mouez Hassen suffered shoulder injury against England and will probably miss the rest of the World Cup.

  • Belgium have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Tunisia.

Tunisians stood really decently in defense against England, but I see Belgium even more concrete and dangerous in counter attacks and transition. Their scoreline against England could have been easily worse since the English side didn't use their chances properly. It's something where Belgium is surely a world class.

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Belgium vs Tunisia prediction

Belgium -1.5 Asian handicap @ 2.11 with Pinnacle

Result: 5-2 (won)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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