The final clash on Day 5 will see Tunisia taking on the might of England under lights at the Volgograd Arena in the second Group G game of the day.
What’s their current form?
Tunisia were undefeated in their 8 games this season before losing last week to Spain 1-0. This year they had beaten both Iran and Costa Rica by 1-0, before scoring back-to-back 2 all draws with Portugal and Turkey.
England have been undefeated all season thus far, scoring 7 wins and 3 draws, with an impressive run of form in 2018 coming into the World Cup, where they have beaten Netherlands 1-0; drew 1 all with Italy; beat Nigeria 2-1 and beat Costa Rica last week 2-0.
Tunisia: Mathlouthi; Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; F.Ben Youssef, Khaoui, Skhiri, Sassi, Badri; Sliti.
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson; Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Rose; Kane, Sterling.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Tunisia finally reached the World Cup after topping their Group in the third round of qualifying, just pipping the Democratic Republic of Congo. England on the other hand cruised into the World Cup, going through qualifying undefeated and conceding just 3 goals in their 10 games.
What should I be betting on?
England’s stingy defence to keep Tunisia scoreless.
Since when did England build a brick wall at the back! Gareth Southgate deserves most of the credit for the change in English mentality. His change to a back three has seen the Three Lions develop one of the stingiest defences in world football. They have conceded a mere 3 goals in their last 10 matches in run that includes matches against Germany, Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands. The English public have been staved of championship success for over 60 years but the change in mentality may also bring a change in fortune. Maguire and Henderson give the English a real sense of physicality while Sterling, Lingard and Alli provide them with an abundance of pace. Then they have the always efficient Harry Kane to finish things off. The Wolf is expecting them to dominate but the focus will definitely be on maintaining a clean sheet. England has scored more than twice in regulation in only 1 of their last 29 World Cup matches. Anyone who thinks they will score 4 or 5 can think again. England 2-0.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 18. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 19th.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Msakni’s troublesome knee has kept him out of the World Cup, which is a huge blow for Tunisia. England will be without midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Adam Lallana (hamstring) for the duration of the World Cup, while striker Harry Kane looks set to overcome an ankle injury in time for the opening game.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have met twice before. In 1990 they drew 1 all and most recently, in 1998, England won 2-0.