ENGLAND and Belgium kick off their Group G bids on Sunday and will hope to fare better than the favourites did on Sunday with Germany and Brazil slipping up.
Both sides are odds-on favourites and I'm backing them to get the job done.
England v Tunisia (7pm)
ENGLAND failed miserably at Brazil four years ago but have been handed a great chance to at least make the knockout stages.
Matches against Tunisia on Monday and Panama should earn Gareth Southgate's men enough points ahead of a meeting with Group G favourites Belgium.
The English aren't at the same level as the likes of France and Spain but are unbeaten in 10 and are steady if not spectacular.
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They qualified well and in those 10 kept eight clean sheets and have every chance of shutting out the Africans in Volgograd.
Tunisia will be missing star striker Youssef Msakni so will look to Wahbi Khazri, who netted nine on loan to Rennes, last season for a goal.
Harry Kane has been named skipper after a season in which he netted 45 goals for club and country.
- England to win to nil
Belgium v Panama (4pm)
Belgium face rank outsiders Panama and are capable of racking up a big score. They netted 43 in qualifying and seven in two friendlies before Russia.
Panama hit just nine goals in 10 qualfiying ties and recently crashed 6-0 to Switzerland.
If they can hit the ground running Belgium can win by three of four. Best bets are Belgium to win to nil at 13-20 with McBookie, Belgium -2 at 13-8 with betfair and Romelu Lukaku to score first at 13-5 with bet365.
Lukaku netted 11 in qualifying and eight in six in pre-Russia friendlies and often profits against weaker sides.
- Belgium to win to nil