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Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

Betting suggests Gareth Southgate knows starters for Tunisia

Vincent Kompany fitness scare for Group G favourites Belgium

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had a solid game against Nigeria
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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.

England down Super Eagles 2-1 at Wembley

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 in that market.

Brazil forward Neymar returned to action with a bang on Sunday, scoring a fine individual goal as the Selecao beat Croatia 2-0 at Anfield.

The PSG star, sidelined by a broken foot since February, came on at half-time for Tite's side and produced a dazzling run and finish in the 69th minute. 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 tournament scorer, behind only 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.

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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
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