Monday’s World Cup tips: Can England begin with a win?
Charlie Dear | 18 June 2018
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After a weekend of upsets and shock results, England finally get their World Cup campaign underway.
A definitive look at the Three Lions’ clash with Tunisia can be found here.
But stick around to check out who will set the second week alight as Sweden take on South Korea and Belgium kick-off Group G against Panama.
Sweden v South Korea
With World Cup holders Germany losing to Mexico in the first game, a win for either side here would give them a real shot of qualification.
They may not have Zlatan Ibrahimović anymore but Sweden beat 2006 champions Italy in a two-legged play-off to make it to Russia. The Blue-Yellow are 11/10 to start with a victory.
They face a South Korean side who have only won a single game in their last six. Their only victory coming when talisman Son Heung -Min scored the first in their victory over Bolivia
Belgium v Panama
Group G begins as Belgium look to put a marker down for the rest of the tournament.
Talk has been growing over the last four years that this is the nation’s golden generation and that this year is the time to show it.
Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are all consistent performers now – they will feel a semi-final place is up for grabs.
But first they must beat a Panama side making their first appearance at a World Cup. Blas Perez and Luis Tejada are the nation’s joint-top goal-scorers with 43 goals.
Belgium have a wealth of attacking talent and are an overwhelming 1/5 favourite to grab the victory.
Lukaku has scored 5 in his last 4 for his country. The Manchester United striker is 11/4 to score 2 or more.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing