GROUP G sees two fancied sides Belgium and England paired with rank outsiders Panama and Tunisia.

The top two seeds should qualify comfortably but winning could be crucial. Finish first and you'll likely face Poland or possibly Senegal but second place will have potentially a tougher last-16 clash against Colombia.

England face Belgium in the final group game so all should be clearer then and it could be a cracker if it's a decider and Colombia look like winning Group H.

For now I'm backing England and Belgium to qualify but not picking a Group G winner.

Belgium are 5-6 favourites at William Hill with England, who seem to progressing nicely if not spectacularly under Gareth Southgate, a best 11-8 at betfair.

Both to qualify pays just 1-3 at BlackType and if you fancy a shock it's Tunisia 11-2 and Panama 11-1 to make it through.

Panama v Tunisia is also likely to settle third-fourth place and I'm on the Central Americans to finish bottom at 4-6 with betfair. They have won just two of their last 15 away World Cup games.

Some people are tipping Belgium's Golden Generation to go all the way but I don't think they're good enough and Roberto Martinez isn't anywhere near being the best boss.

They have some great players such as Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne and should score plenty agains the like of Panama and Tunisia but their defence isn't good enough to shut out the best sides.

England have had problems getting through the groups in recent tournaments but not this time. Win it and they have a decent last-16 clash but a likely quarter-final with Brazil. On the other side it could be Colombia then Germany so that's the furthest they go in my book.

From a betting perspective it's not a great group for outrights but if you fancy England to reach the quarters they are 5-6 at bet365 compared to Belgium at 4-6.

Recommended Bets

  • Belgium/England to qualify
  • Panama to finish bottom
  1. Johnb 1 year ago

    I got slated for dismissing England so easily at the last championships, seemingly I didn’t have a clue,
    Fast forward two years and yet again after a good qualifying group they are world beaters again.

    But this squad is even worse than the last one and they are led by someone who couldn’t motivate this squad if they were the only team in the tournament, the back line and goalkeepers are a joke

    This is by far the weakest World Cup I can remember with no real outstanding teams but I would say that Belguim have one of the strongest squads in the tournament but there are a couple of surprises, Jordan Lukaku (Lazio) being left out did surprise me but the major surprise was Radja Nainggolan (Roma) being left out, the only possible weaknesses Belguim have are at right & left back
    Panama are the weakest team and although it’s unlikely I wouldn’t be surprised if Panama got something from England but it is unlikely, Tunisia though I would expect them to get something against England, they are better than people think

    Best bets are
    Belguim Group winner 5/6
    Belguim over 6.5 Group points 8/11 NAP
    Tunisia over 2.5 Group points 4/5

    • Mr Fixit 1 year ago

      England in my opinion are better than last time. They’re not good to watch but have a knack of getting the job done.
      Of course they should be much better and have a more experienced manager but I reckon they’ll get through the groups OK.
      Tunisia have drawn 2-2 with Portugal and Turkey recently and that will give them confidence. Interesting to see how they fare against Spain tonight.

  2. barman 1 year ago

    This is the only btts-no group for me so far.
    Harry Kane should add to his record a hat-trick especially against Panama.
    A possible draw England – Belgium.
    Following that, both teams with 7 points.
    top gun will finish on TOP.

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