England must wait until June 18th to get their World Cup campaign under way and it could be a much more tense affair than many supporters of Gareth Southgate’s team might anticipate against Tunisia in Volgograd. While England have looked defensively sound under Southgate, particularly since switching to a three-man defence, they have struggled to create goalscoring opportunities and many of their games have been low-scoring affairs. Only one of England’s last eight matches has gone over 2.5 goals – the 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria at Wembley – with those games producing a total of just 10 goals.
Only two of those goals have been scored by the opposition, with Italy being the only other side to score against England since October in a 1-1 draw in March. Tunisia, meanwhile, came through African qualifying unbeaten and conceded only four goals as they topped Group A. So while it may be tempting to back England to get off to a flying start, it would appear more prudent to look at prices such as the 9/5 on offer from Ladbrokes for England to win and Under 2.5 Goals to be scored in the match. England to win 1-0 is just 22/5 with BetVictor, while No Goalscorer is 8/1 with Betfred.
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