After initially being frustrated by Panama, Belgium eventually cruised to victory with three second-half goals. Tibaut Courtois was barely tested in goal and again this could be a case of Belgium going through the gears with their class telling in the end. Tunisia almost came out of their opener against England with an undeserved point, but they twice let Harry Kane free in the box and were duly punished. They must win this game to stand any chance of qualification, but they didn’t hold much of a threat going forward against the Three Lions.
Indeed, Tunisia’s only shot on target was from the penalty spot and the Red Devils enter this fixture having conceded just once in their last six. Moreover, since Roberto Martinez took charge the Red Devils have swept aside weaker opposition, winning 14 of 17 unbeaten matches against sides we have ranked lower than them with 10 of these to nil.
Tunisia’s last victory at a World Cup came in 1978 but each of their other appearances have come since 1998 where they’ve lost seven of 10 winless matches. However, only Spain in 2006 netted more than twice against them, while England became the fifth top 15 ranked side to put exactly two past them in their eight matches against such opposition since 2010. Even when Belgium got the lead against Panama they never really got out of third gear to kill the game and if they were to go 2-0 up then the game could just peter out with their future clash against England in mind.
Romelu Lukaku continued his red-hot form for his country and now has 15 in his last 10 appearances, only failing to score in their goalless draw with Portugal in this run where he played just 45 minutes. Earning himself a bit of a reputation as a flat track bully, the striker took advantage of tired Panama legs and after Kane was successful against Tunisia, Belgium’s top marksman can also strike.