Will the football finally return home this year? England are not among the favourites to win the tournament, but they will certainly fancy themselves to book a place in the last-16.
World Cup 2018 Group G Predictions For Today
The Three Lions will compete with formidable Belgium for the top spot in Group G. Tunisia and Panama are remaining nations in the group.
Jun 16, 2018 World Cup 2018 Group G – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview. June 16, 2018 June 18, 2018 Vyom Chaudhary. Us open book. World Cup 2018 Group F – Betting Tips, Predictions.
- Jun 25, 2018 Who Will Advance From Group G of The FIFA World Cup 2018 – Our Predictions June 25, 2018 anchovyAdmin 12 min to read In a couple days from now, we'll be seeing the top 2 from Group G go up against each other to see who will qualify 1st in the group.
- Take on our writers and compete for prizes by predicting the 2018 World Cup. Subscription Notification. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details.
We take a look at four sides and their hopes of qualifying from Group G
The Belgian squad is brimming with talent, but they have underperformed in recent tournaments. In 2014 Brazil, the Red Devils won all of their group games to top their group. In the last-16, they claimed an extra-time win over the United States but lost 1-0 to Argentina in quarterfinals.
Belgium were quite impressive in the qualifying campaign and won their group without losing a game. There are huge expectations on them this year, and any finish before semi-finals would be termed as a disappointment. The Belgium side has enough talent to go a long way in the tournament, but the question is whether head-coach Roberto Martinez can bring out the best of this group in a major tournament.
Belgium are favourites to win the group at 16/19 odds. They are very likely to qualify to the last-16 at 1/10 odds.
England embarrassingly bowed out in the group stage at Brazil 2014. They find themselves in a much easier group this time, and they shouldn’t face many difficulties in progressing into the last-16. However, the English side has been famously disappointing in recent tournaments, including their recent last-16 exit to Iceland in Euro2016.
The Three Lions were impressive in the qualifying campaign and topped their group without losing a game, as can be seen on soccer-blogger.com. Even with recent disappointments in tournaments, Gareth Southgate’s men will have the backing of their entire nation in Russia. The English side doesn’t lack in talent, and the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are capable of winning games on their own. The likes of Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney won’t be wearing the England jersey in this World Cup.
The Three Lions are available at 13/8 odds to win the group and at 1/6 odds to qualify.
Panama are making their first appearance at World Cup. It’s a huge occasion for the nation, but we expect them to concede a lot of goals against big boys. It was very close for the Central American nation in the qualifying campaign as they finished ahead of Honduras due to a better goal difference.
There are no famous names in the Panama squad as the majority of the team play in American leagues, including MLS. Panama are favourites to finish last in their group at 8/13 odds.
Tunisia have qualified for World Cup following a gap of eight years. Overall, they are making their fifth appearance in the football’s biggest tournament. However, they have never managed to make it past the group stage, and their only win in the tournament came in 1978. The Eagles of Carthage were given a tough challenge by DR Congo in their final qualifying group, but they managed to finish a point above their opponents.
The Tunisian side consists of some decent Ligue 1 players. Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane is the only player in the squad who plays in one of big four European leagues.
The African nation are available at 11/2 odds to qualify and at 1/5 odds to crash out in the group stage.
Belgium and England to qualify.
Panama to finish bottom of the group.World Cup 2018 Group G consist of Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England. This article contains our World Cup 2018 Group G betting preview including predictions on Group Winner, To Qualify, To Finish 2nd, To Finish Bottom and Straigh Forecast. Plus, the best odds, betting promotions and no deposit free bets on Russia 2018!
In this post, we'll take a closer look at Group G and try to determine which two sides are likely to prevail.
WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP G BETTING PREVIEW
BelgiumBelgium were the first European team to qualify with 22 points from eight games. The Red Devils broke all sorts of records in qualifying: they were unbeaten, they got 28 points from 10 games and Romelu Lukaku became the country’s record goalscorer. The present Belgium side is being touted as the finest in the country’s history. Roberto Martínez’s men blitzed their way through Group H, breaking records at will. Their tally of 43 goals was the most ever registered in a single European Qualifying group for a World Cup and they also bludgeoned their way to a record goal difference of +37 - beating the previous best set by Romania (+33) during qualification for France 1998.
The man currently making this dream squad tick is Kevin De Bruyne. Already the outright favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award with his unerring vision, sublime range of passing, and long-distance strikes – he could be a real handful in the World Cup, alongside Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard. With both men entering the peaks of their careers, this combined creativity could take Belgium a long way.
Belgium’s best performance at the finals was reaching the last-four in the 1986 edition, held in Mexico. Last time out in 2014, what was then a young Belgian side (with massive potential) made the quarter-finals after qualifying unbeaten as group winners. Will this potential finally be realised in Russia?
In the most recent friendly, Belgium hammered Saudi Arabia 4-0 last March.
PanamaA nation more renowned for its cigars than football ability, Panama reached the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments courtesy of a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier, taking advantage of the United States' incredible defeat against Trinidad & Tobago. They were runners-up at Concacaf's Gold Cup in 2013.
By guiding Panama to their first ever World Cup, Colombian coach Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo became just the second manager after Henri Michel to have led three different national teams to a World Cup.
Crucial in this achievement in qualifying were standout players Luis Tejada and Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez. The 35-year-old Tejada is currently the all-time leading scorer in Panama history with 43 goals and finished as joint top scorer during his country’s run to the 2005 CONCACAF final. Municipa defender Felipe Ramírez, meanwhile, has represented his country 93 times and was selected as part of the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI.
Panama were involved in several friendly matches this year. They lost to Denmark 1-0 and to Switzerland 6-0 in March, then they beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 last month and drew 0-0 against Northern Ireland on 30th May.
TunisiaHaving won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, Tunisia sacked Henryk Kasperczak soon afterwards. Unbeaten in qualifying, they defeated DR Congo by a point. The Carthage Eagles reached their fourth finals after they finished top of Group A in the African preliminaries under gaffer Nabil Maâloul.
The former Kuwait boss returned to his native country for a second spell in charge after a seven-game cameo in 2013. In reaching the 2018 finals in Russia, Maâloul became only the second Tunisian coach to qualify for the World Cup after Abdelmajid Chetali in 1978. Tunisia only qualified once a World Cup tournament in Germany in 2006, at which they failed to make it beyond the group stage.
Who should fans be looking out for from Tunisia in Russia? Remember Wahbi Khazri? Tunisia’s number ten is currently out on loan from Championship side Sunderland and has sparkled in Ligue 1 with Rennes. Khazri has scored seven times in 11 starts, helping the French club up to eighth in the table.
Also keep an eye on Aymen Mathlouthi too. The 33-year-old shot-stopper is regarded as the best goalkeeper in Tunisia and one of the greatest in African history. Mathlouthi is equally as competent with the ball at his feet and has chalked up 70 appearances since his debut in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier ten years ago. With such an accomplished keeper, can Tunisia improve on their record of a single victory at a World Cup, back in 1978 when then beat Mexico 3-1?
They recently managed to draw 2-2 against Portugal. Prior to that, back in March, Tunisia beat 1-0 both Iran and Costa Rica in international friendly matches.
EnglandEngland were unbeaten during the qualifying campaign (W8 D2) and have lost twice under Gareth Southgate's stewardship - to Germany and France. The Three Lions cruised through their qualifying group, emerging undefeated from their ten games, winning eight. Despite being blessed with some of the world’s most gifted players and a domestic league to rival any, it has become habitual for England to fall short on the biggest stage of international football.
What’s more, former Middlesbrough gaffer Gareth Southgate still needs to prove himself in the England dugout – as he famously failed to keep Middleborough in the Premier League during his three-year reign at the Riverside. He then failed spectacularly at the European Under-21 Championship in 2015, where his side were knocked out in the group stages, finishing bottom of their group. He has currently won half of his 14 matches during his time as England boss.
As for the players, Raheem Sterling will be a key man to watch, as the former Liverpool star has blossomed at the Etihad this season, maturing into a clinical finisher with 14 league goals to his name already. Although there is no set England captain yet, plenty are pointing to Tottenham’s goal-machine Harry Kane as the man to take the armband. Continuing to astound with his ruthless scoring instincts at club level, he also boasts 12 goals from 23 appearances for his country.
Historically, the dramatic glory of 1966 remains the greatest achievement in England’s football history. The Three Lions have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage on six occasions – can they progress further in Russia this year?
They played two friendlies last march - the first saw Southgate's men beating Netherlands 1-0 while the second one ended in a 1-1 draw against Italy.
WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP G BEST ODDS
The following are the highest odds on the World Cup Group G Winner market. Click on the 'Bet' button to require the highest available odds on your selected team.
+ up to £100 in free bets!
WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP G PREDICTIONSEngland and Belgium looks the most likely teams to advance to the last 16 round. Anyway, both teams are renowned for falling short on the biggest stages. Panama and Tunisia are very physical teams and are both capable to deliver a major upset this summer.
We post sports betting predictions