One of the more interesting groups in the 2018 World Cup, Group G is truly a case of the haves and the have-nots meeting on the world’s biggest stage. Belgium, England, Panama, and Tunisia will look to get the better of one another en route to the knockout stages. Who will come out on top of Group G and give themselves the best route to a deep run in the tournament?
Belgium would have to be considered the favourite to come out on top of the group, based on the sheer amount of talent in their squad. They have two of the best playmakers in the world on the same team in Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. They have plenty of capable forwards to pass the ball to, with Romelu Lukaku’s speed and strength up top sure to be difficult for anyone in the group to deal with. Despite the issues with centre-back Vincent Kompany, Belgium should be able to win this group and they started their campaign with Panama.
Second-favourites in the group would have to be England. Despite all of their shortcomings, they should clearly be the second best team in this group. Harry Kane is one of the best striking threats in the world, and Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli should do just fine in providing him with service. The only issue for England is the fact that they lack depth, and need all of their top players to absolutely shine if they are going to have any chance to go deep in the tournament.
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All of this is to say that if you were going to attempt to pull off a successful Group G dual forecast, Belgium/England would be the way to go. As such, that combination is the favourite over at William Hill, where it seems like Belgium’s superiority and England’s ability to get by Panama and Tunisia makes the fate of the group seem pretty clear-cut.
Of course, then you have the have-nots of the group. Panama and Tunisia are unlikely to advance out of the group, but nothing is impossible in football. Panama made it out of the hexagonal qualifier in CONCACAF, finishing in the third qualifying position and avoiding the intercontinental playoff round. They managed to outperform the United States to get into the tournament so, if nothing else, the rest of the world may see that they aren’t complete pushovers.
Tunisia, meanwhile, advanced out of the African qualifiers to get into the tournament. This is a slightly less impressive feat based on the way the teams were grouped, but if anyone overlooks them, they could end up regretting it.
Group G will be, if nothing else, an entertaining one from the number of big name players that will see the field. The fact that two of the teams will house most of those players isn’t relevant, as a number of games will feature some of the best and brightest that this World Cup has to offer.