Southgate seems to know his side for Tunisia clash

GARETH SOUTHGATE appeared satisfied with England's performance in Saturday's 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria and Hills believe the England manager knows his starting line-up for the first game of the World Cup.

The firm are betting on who starts the Group G fixture against Tunisia on June 18 and 11 players are priced up at 1-4 or shorter.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, praised by Southgate for his decision-making against Nigeria, is 1-4 to get the nod while Jordan Henderson, rested on Saturday after playing in the Champions League final for Liverpool, is 1-5 to regain his spot against the north Africans.

Among the players Hills expect to be on the fringes of the starting 11 are 5-6 shots Ashley Young, Danny Rose and Harry Maguire. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is the 25-1 outsider to start England's World Cup campaign.

Harry Kane, who scored England's second goal against Nigeria, is 5-4 to be the Three Lions' top scorer at the finals. Gary Cahill, who headed in the opener, is 100-1 while no England goalscorer is a 66-1 chance.

England are 2-5 to beat Tunisia in their opening game and 13-10 to win the group, with Belgium 5-6 favourites to finish top of the section.The Belgians drew 0-0 with Portugal in a friendly on Saturday but coach Roberto Martinez has an injury concern after defender Vincent Kompany went off with a groin problem early in the second half.

Martinez's men are 11-1 to win the World Cup and Romelu Lukaku, who played 45 minutes against Portugal as he works his way back to full fitness after an ankle injury, is 18-1 to be top tournament goalscorer. Cristiano Ronaldo, rested by Portugal for the Belgium friendly, is 14-1.

Brazil forward Neymar returned from a broken foot with a bang yesterday, scoring a fine individual goal as the Selecao beat Croatia 2-0 at Anfield. Roberto Firmino added a second late on at his home ground.

Neymar's comeback will have delighted backers of 9-2 World Cup favourites Brazil and he is 12-1 to be the top scorer, behind Argentina's Lionel Messi at 10-1.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Sky Bet's 7-2 favourite to win the Golden Glove, returned from a long-term foot injury against Austria but the world champions were beaten 2-1.

Joachim Low's side have been eased from 9-2 to 5-1 by Sky Bet to retain the trophy.

Match in Focus

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E Frankfurt v F Dusseldorf

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These are worrying times for Fortuna Dusseldorf, who find themselves joint-last even though six of the opponents they have faced are in the Bundesliga’s bottom half. Eintracht Frankfurt, in contrast, are going well and their last two home matches resulted in 4-1 wins against Hannover and Lazio.

 

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