Belgium vs. Tunisia Prediction
Belgium looks as though it might be ready to meet its potential this World Cup after a strong second half netted a win in its opener, while Tunisia is in must-win mode after dropping its first contest. Which side will notch the victory in today's first match?
97878 Tunisia vs. 97879 Belgium
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Spartak Stadium at 8AM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, Belgium is a -263 favorite to win on the moneyline. Tunisia is a +800 underdog, while a draw bet is set at +365. The over-under sits at 2.5 goals.
Three-goal second half sparks Belgium
Belgium had some criticism coming its way after a lethargic first half versus Panama in its World Cup opener, but a goal two minutes into the second half by Dries Mertens sparked what would become a 3-0 victory. Star striker Romelu Lukaku scored in the 69th and 75th minute for insurance to send the Belgians to the win. Belgium dominated most aspects of the match as it had 60 percent of the possessions and fired 15 shots (six on goal) compared to six shots (two on goal) for Panama.
Tunisia unable to secure draw
With its game tied 1-1 against England to open World Cup play, an added time goal sunk Tunisia by a count of 2-1. Tunisia was unable to mark England striker Harry Kane on a pair of occasions as he scored both goals in the defeat. Ferjani Sassi scored the Tunisia goal in the 35th minute on a penalty kick, tying the score at 1-1 where it would stay for over 65 minutes of game action. Tunisia only had 40 percent of the possession and had six shots (one on goal), while England recorded 17 shots (seven on goal). Additionally , Tunisia picked up 14 fouls but was not handed a yellow card.
A bet on the Belgium moneyline isn't profitable enough unless you are willing and/or able to lay down a boatload of money. But after finding some chemistry in the second half against Panama while also seeing Tunisia struggle much of the game to not allow England to pull away, I'm good with a -1.5 goal line bet here. Belgium has the talent to win by multiple goals and this could be another match where it shows as a Cup contender.
WORLD CUP DAILY PREDICTION: BELGIUM GL -115