Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
As expected, Belgium kicked off their World Cup campaign with a routine 3-0 win over Panama. The Red Devils outclassed los Ticos 3-0 in their opener and a win over Tunisia in Saturday’s football match should see them book their place in the last 16 of the showpiece tournament. Romelu Lukaku scored a brace the triumph over Panama, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard will be the man to watch in the home team as well and seeing that Tunisia are low on confidence following an unlucky 2-1 loss to England, we predict Roberto Martinez’s men are going to pick up all three points from the Otkrytiye Arena clash. When the two teams met at the 2002 FIFA World Cup they played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on the Belgians this time out.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only African Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up.
Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisia National football team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red short s. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).