- Monday will see both England and Belgium in action at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- Both teams have a lot to prove on the biggest stage in the world
- Sweden will take on South Korea in the first match of the day
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is in full swing and Monday marks day five of the tournament. It also marks the first time we will see two of the biggest teams in the tournament, England and Belgium, play.
Both England and Belgium have a lot to prove on the biggest stage in the world. England is always under pressure to perform well at the tournament, while Belgium will be keen to show they deserve to be ranked so highly on the FIFA rankings.
Monday’s showpiece match will feature the English Roses, they will take on Tunisia. Belgium will take on Panama and Sweden will play against South Korea.
Briefly.co.za looks at each of the matches and what to look out for in each game.
England vs Tunisia Kick-off: 20:00 South African time
England is expected to win against their African opposition, but the match is likely to be tight. English captain Harry Kane and midfielder Delle Alli are the keys to England’s performance.
Kane will have to lead the team as both captain and in attack, most experts believe he is the most dangerous striker in the side. Alli is Kane’s club teammate and the pair exhibit a chemistry when playing which could spell disaster for any defensive side in the world.
Prediction: England 1 – 0 Tunisia
Sweden vs South Korea Kick-off: 14:00 South African time
Sweden is without the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the tournament, but still boast the likes of Victor Lindelof, Martin Olsson and Sebastian Larsson. The team are expected to at least compete in what has been described as a difficult group.
South Korea, meanwhile, will fancy their chances going into the match. Experts have labelled them the underdog, which the team has embraced.
Prediction: Sweden 2 – 1 South Korea
Belgium vs Panama Kick-off: 17:00 South African time
On paper, this should be an easy win for a star-studded and trophy winning Belgian side. With proven winners such as Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard the question isn’t whether Belgium will win, but how well they will play.
Remember football is played on grass not on paper.
Prediction: Belgium 4 – 0 Panama
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