World Cup group G guide: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group G team profiles, fixtures, live TV guide, betting odds and players to watch

Group G at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia features Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England.

Matchday one is on 18 June, matchday two is on 23 and 24 June, and the final round of games is on 28 June. According to Fifa.com, the key game in group G is expected to be the clash between Belgium and England on 28 June at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.

Here we look at the group G team profiles, fixtures, live TV details, betting odds and players to watch.

Group G fixtures and live TV channels (all times UK)

  • 18 June: Belgium vs. Panama (4pm, BBC); Tunisia vs. England (7pm, BBC)
  • 23 June: Belgium vs. Tunisia (1pm, BBC)
  • 24 June: England vs. Panama (1pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: England vs. Belgium (7pm, ITV); Panama vs. Tunisia (7pm, ITV4)

Belgium

English Premier League fans will be very familiar with Belgium’s star-studded squad at this year’s World Cup. Coached by former Everton and Swansea boss Roberto Martinez the Red Devils can boast the talents of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen. They will be a danger in Russia – not just in group G but also in the knockout stages.

  • Head coach: Roberto Martinez
  • Fifa ranking: 3
  • Number of World Cup appearances: 12
  • Best finish: fourth place in 1986
  • Player to watch: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Belgium World Cup fixtures

  • 18 June: vs. Panama at Fisht Stadium, Sochi (4pm, BBC)
  • 23 June: vs. Tunisia at Spartak Stadium, Moscow (1pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: vs. England at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad (7pm, ITV)

Panama

Panama will be making their debut at the Fifa World Cup. Their experienced coach – Hernan Dario Gomez – led his native Colombia to the finals in 1998 and Ecuador to the finals in 2002. With 43 goals in 113 games, Panama’s veteran forward Blas Perez, 37, is the nation’s danger man.

  • Head coach: Hernan Dario Gomez
  • Fifa ranking: 55
  • Number of World Cup appearances: none
  • Best finish: debut appearance in Russia
  • Player to watch: Blas Perez (Municipal)

Panama World Cup fixtures

  • 18 June: vs. Belgium at Fisht Stadium, Sochi (4pm, BBC)
  • 24 June: vs. England at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod (1pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: vs. Tunisia at Mordovia Arena, Saransk (7pm, ITV4)

Tunisia

The north African nation have only won one of their past 12 games at World Cup finals and that was 40 years ago in 1978 when they beat Mexico 3-1. Russia 2018 will be Tunisia’s first appearance since 2006 and they will be captained by goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi.

  • Head coach: Nabil Maaloul
  • Fifa ranking: 14
  • Number of World Cup appearances: four
  • Best finish: group stages
  • Player to watch: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al-Batin)

Tunisia World Cup fixtures

  • 18 June: vs. England at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (7pm, BBC)
  • 23 June: vs. Belgium at Spartak Stadium, Moscow (1pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: vs. Panama at Mordovia Arena, Saransk (7pm, ITV4)

England

Gareth Southgate will be taking a young Three Lions squad to the finals in Russia. England will be confident of progressing from group G but face a strong Belgium side in their last game. With five goals in six qualifying matches, Tottenham striker Harry Kane is England’s danger man.

  • Head coach: Gareth Southgate
  • Fifa ranking: 13
  • Number of World Cup appearances: 14
  • Best finish: winners in 1966
  • Player to watch: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

England World Cup fixtures

  • 18 June: vs. Tunisia at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (7pm, BBC)
  • 24 June: vs. Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod (1pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: vs. Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad (7pm, ITV)

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