Belgium vs Tunisia Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

This tournament has been touted as the golden generation of Belgium’s last chance to fulfil their potential. The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens are all around the prime of their footballing careers, and a fair few of them will be past their best in four years time.

Their problem certainly doesn’t lie in the talent available to them. They have one of the finest collections of players to grace this World Cup, but issues behind the scenes and an apparent lack of teamwork have held them back so far.

It seemed that the problem was continuing against World Cup debutants Panama on Monday as well, with the slow and languid approach to the game resulting in a goalless first half. Fortunately for The Red Devils, that seemed to change after the break, and it was a stunning volley from Dries Mertens that proved the catalyst.

Romelu Lukaku built on this with two more impressive goals later on in the half to win that match 3-0, but Belgium need to start working on the pace of their attacking play if they want to do well in this tournament. Their form certainly looks optimistic for the tournament though. They haven’t lost a game since Robert Martinez’ first match in charge back in September 2016, winning 15 of their 20 games since.

It’s undoubtedly a Belgium side studded with quality, but Lukaku is the man of the moment right now. The Mancheter United striker has now scored 15 goals in his last 11 Belgium appearances, so backing him to get on the scoresheet here could prove fruitful.

Tunisia will be rightly worried about their chances on Saturday. They may have only lost to England because of a very late Harry Kane goal, but in all honesty they could have been dead and buried long before that. England spurned a number of clear chances in the first half and there were two clear penalty shouts. If they play that poorly against the likes of Hazard, Lukaku, and Mertens you would expect them to fare much worse.

All things considered I think we’ll see a comfortable Belgium win here. They scored a huge 43 goals in their ten World Cup qualifying games and have won by at least a two goal margin in 11 of their last 20 matches. This makes a Belgium -1.5 Asian Handicap win look a great bet here, and with 15 of those games seeing at least three goals, we also like the look of a Belgium Win and Over 2.5 Goals along with a 3-0 correct score predictions.

What we need to win this bet: For a -1.5 Asian Handicap we need Belgium to win by at least a two goal margin.

Belgium Predicted Lineup: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku

Tunisia Predicted Lineup: Ben Mustapha, Bronn, Ben Youssef, Menah, Maaloul, Skhiri, Sassi, Badri, Ben Youssef, Sliti, Khazri

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