With less than 24 hours to go for the first kick-off, we will be looking into Group G filled with Premier League superstars such as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and many other elites. The Red Devils, The Three Lions, Tunisia and Panama will be going head to head for the obtaining a place in the knockouts of the most prestigious tournament in the history of the beautiful game. This will be an interesting set of games as no team would fail to give their best.
June 18 | Belgium vs Panama (GMT – 15:00)
June 18 | Tunisia vs England (GMT – 18:00)
June 23 | Belgium vs Tunisia (GMT – 12:00)
June 24 | England vs Panama (GMT – 12:00)
June 28 | England vs Belgium (GMT – 18:00)
June 28 | Panama vs Tunisia (GMT – 18:00)
We cannot list the favorites of winning this cup without including the Red Devils in it. They have a very well balanced team with defensive elites like Kompany, midfield Maestros like Kevin De Bruyne and attacking prowess like Romelu Lukaku in their team.
They will be looking forward in having a lot better campaign than their last one, in which they were knocked out by one of the South American giants, Argentina. The Red Devils are expected to reach the later stages of the tournament with Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and co. in the expected starting lineup.
The English team is filled with the hottest in-form players including Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker along with many others who are capable of making a difference in the tournament. The team also includes upcoming prospects like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and the Crystal Palace loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek. England along with Belgium will be expected to make it into the knockout stages of the World Cup. The team contains the best players of last season and has the potential of causing an impact in the upcoming World Cup.
Failing to qualify for the previous two World Cups, the former champions of the Africa Cup of Nations have made it to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Tunisia was undefeated for its last nine games before encountering the Spaniards, losing by a margin of one goal. They made it to the last eight of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, where they would lose 2-0 to Burkina Faso. The Tunisians have been impressive lately and are capable of making an unexpected entry into the knockouts.
Being the least favourites of making it out of the group stages, Panama will still look to cause an upset for the rest of the teams in the group. The North American based team has qualified for the World Cup for the first time, giving hope to their natives for the future. With only one victory in their last five games, Panama will be hoping for a much better performance in the World Cup. The joint top scorers of the squad are Blas Perez and Luis Tejada, scoring 43 each for the national side. The team is surely the least rated team in the group. This World Cup is a hopeful start for the Panama national side into the bigger stages of the game.
Players to watch out
- Eden Hazard
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Michy Batshuayi
- Dries Mertens
- Harry Kane
- Marcus Rashford
- Raheem Sterling
- Anice Badri
- Naim Sliti
- Wahbi Khazri
- Elyes Skhiri
- Roman Torres
- Luis Tejada
Expected Group Standings