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World Cup bitcoin betting Group G

Panama and Tunisia are both aggressive defensive sides who will sit ultra-deep in the hope of frustrating Gareth Southgate’s side. England have a long history of dull draws in World Cup group matches and given the hangover from defeat by Iceland as Euro 2016, they can be expected to be nervous.

That aside, there is little for Southgate or Roberto Martinez to worry about, other than which side of the draw they would like to be on. Following an easy second round tie against Colombia, Poland, or Senegal, the Group G winners would face France and Brazil on route to the final, while the runners-up would probably play Germany and Spain or Argentina. A lot of people would argue, then, that finishing second in Group G is a better option. 

Here’s a look at all four nations:

Belgium latest odds

The “golden generation” of Belgium players is yet to leave its mark on the international stage, and the 2018 World Cup is surely the best chance they will ever get of lifting the trophy.

Many of their star players have entered their prime, although the biggest stumbling block for Belgium is that the squad is top-heavy. Defensive issues have always been their biggest concern, which is why appointing Roberto Martinez – famously attack-minded and unable to organise a defence – was a strange choice.

The “golden generation” of Belgium players is yet to leave its mark on the international stage, and the 2018 World Cup is surely the best chance they will ever get of lifting the trophy.

He has recently implemented a gung-ho 3-4-3 formation in an attempt to crowbar as many of his star players into the first 11 as possible, although this is surely too attacking for games in the latter stages. The recent 3-3 draw with Mexico and 4-3 win over Bosnia Herzegovina highlighted continued issues at the back, exacerbated by Vincent Kompany’s ongoing fitness issues and Toby Alderweireld’s feud with Mauricio Pochettino.

Then again, Belgium have enough firepower to simply blow away the big nations. Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco, Mousa Dembele, Youri Tielemans, MIchy Batshuayi, Radja Nainggolan… the list of Belgium superstars is extraordinary. It is easy to see why Belgium won 28 points from 10 qualifying matches, scoring 43 goals.

However, Martinez’s side haven’t played any of the top nations in preparation for Russia, meaning their disorganised defence is relatively untested. Panama and Tunisia could be on the end of heavy defeats, but a counter-attacking England might test them in the final game of Group G.

England latest odds

Gareth Southgate has overseen an important transitional phase for England as expectations lower significantly, from the overhyping of previous World Cups to one of general resignation among fans and media. 

But the head coach has done more than just manage the nation’s image; England now play a calm possession game against smaller nations and look to absorb pressure against the top sides, counter-attacking quickly via Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling. England have a clear identity for the first time in years.

England are perhaps better equipped to reach the latter stages than at any time since 1990, yet paradoxically with the lowest expectation to do so. 

What’s more, most of England’s starting 11 are currently training under some of the world’s top coaches. The spine of Tottenham Hotspur players, with some Manchester City and Liverpool stars chucked in, means there is an intelligence and tactical sophistication to the squad rarely seen under Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello, or Sven Goran-Eriksson.

England are perhaps better equipped to reach the latter stages than at any time since 1990, yet paradoxically with the lowest expectation to do so. 

Recent clean sheets against Germany, Brazil, and the Netherlands point to a counter-attacking strategy that tends to work well in the nervy latter stages of an international tournament, while lower expectations should relieve some of the pressure that has plagued England for generations. They can certainly top the group – and perhaps even make it all the way.

Tunisia latest odds

Coach, Nabil Maaloul, has only been in charge of Tunisia for a year, although in that time he has created a hard-working and resilient side. 

The North African nation used a bullish 4-2-3-1 formation to qualify ahead of the likes of Ivory Coast and Ghana, although truthfully they were helped by a very easy draw. Congo, Libya, and Guinea was their route to the World Cup; on that basis Tunisia are unlikely to make a splash this summer.

Only seven members of their squad play football in Europe, while their most important player, striker Youssef Msakni, misses the tournament through injury. There is no reason to believe Tunisia, qualifying for their first World Cup since 2006, will get anything out of Belgium or England, who they face in their opening match. The Eagles of Carthage will park the bus against that pair but their plan is likely to stall as soon as they concede.

Panama latest odds

The only aim for Panama at their first ever World Cup is to avoid getting hammered. 

The nation ranked 55th in the world are surely the biggest underdogs of all in Russia, and with a squad full of 30+ veterans, should be blown away by their rivals in the group stages.

Keep an eye on Roman Torres, the powerful centre-back who scored the 88th minute goal against Costa Rica that sent them to Russia. Torres is the beating heart of a team built on defensive clout; like Tunisia, they will try to nullify Belgium and England with uber-defensive tactics.  

Gabriel Gomez and Alberto Quintero are the vital cogs in midfield who will look to launch counters for striker Gabriel Torres, although their three most important players are hardly good enough to trouble any of their Group G opponents. Gomez and Torres ply their trade in Colombia, Quintero in Peru.

By the time Panama face Tunisia in the final game of Group G both will probably be playing for pride, having already been eliminated. It will be an important game for both nations (Tunisia have only won one World Cup game in their history, in 1978), but neutrals will be watching England versus Belgium, on at the same time.

It is hard to see past England and Belgium in World Cup Group G bitcoin betting but the beauty of the tournament is in the way it can inspire very average domestic players into giant-killers. So though all eyes will be on England-Belgium game on June 26th don’t rule out Group G serving up a Cinderella story. If you think it will follow form, there are a huge range of alternative markets available at Cloudbet for Group G; take advantage of our great value odds, high limits and the advantage of betting on the World Cup with bitcoin.

After the first games

For a moment it looked like they'd do it. Panama, in their first World Cup were holding Belgium at 0-0. This wasn't elegant defending, it just about passed for game management. But they were doing it. But then a loose ball fell to Dries Mertens. He steered a magnificent volley past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Though for a moment it looked like Panama would score a famous goal, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku ended any hope of resistance. The Manchester City midfielder showcased the range of passing that's drawn him so much adoration. The Panama team will have been thankful to have avoided a similar collapse to Saudi Arabia. Tunisia against England gave viewers the chance to see both sides of the VAR. A penalty appeal originally missed by the referee gave Tunisia a spot kick to equalise after Harry Kane's opener. Though the England striker was subject to some aggressive defending during corners that was deemed legal by the same VAR team. A last minute goal broke Tunisian hearts but with their performance, they must still fancy their chances to qualify. Read more in our World Cup overview.

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