2022 World Cup Preview: Tunisia vs Australia

Tunisia will play their second group match at the Al Janoub Stadium when they face Australia on Saturday November 26 at 10:00GMT

Australia will want to rebound from their crushing setback to France when they face Tunisia in World Cup Group D action. The Socceroos find themselves at the bottom of group D after they suffered a 4-1 humiliation to the defending champions.

Tunisia will head into the game with a lot of optimism following their draw with a formidable Danish side in their opening game. While Tunisia target a knockout berth after failing to do so in all their five previous appearances, the Carthage Eagles are under pressure to win. If they fail to do so, qualification may seem more impossible when they meet France in the last round of group matches.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

In their last five games, the only defeat Tunisia have suffered was a 5-1 defeat to Brazil. Aside from that, the Carthage Eagles have not conceded a goal in the period. Australia were also churning out positive results until their first match of the campaign against France last Tuesday.

TUNISIA’S FORM

22 November 2022         Denmark        0-0              Tunisia         2022 World Cup Group D

27 September 2022        Brazil             5–1              Tunisia         Friendly

22 September 2022        Tunisia           1−0             Comoros       Friendly

14 June 2022                 Japan             0–3             Tunisia          Kirin Cup Soccer

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10 June 2022                 Chile              0–2              Tunisia         Kirin Cup Soccer

 

AUSTRALIA’S FORM

22 November 2022        France              4-1         Australia          2022 World Cup Group D

25 September 2022       New Zealand     0–2         Australia          Friendly

22 September 2022       Australia           1–0         New Zealand    Friendly

13 June 2022                Australia            0–0       Peru                2022 World Cup qualifier

7 June 2022               UAE               1–2     Australia                  2022  World Cup qualifier

 

HEAD TO HEAD

01 Oct 1997          Tunisia               0-3        Australia              International Friendly

21 Jun 2005          Australia            0-2        Tunisia                 FIFA Confederations Cup

 

TEAM NEWS

TUNISIA

Whabi Khazri could not feature in Tunisia’s opening game but should be ready to lead the attack in this important encounter. If he starts, he is most likely to take the place of Slimani. There are no other injury concerns for Tunisia

PREDICTED LINEUP

(3-4-2-1): Dahmen; Bronn, Meriah, Talbi; Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Khazri, Jebali, Msakni

 

AUSTRALIA

Graham Arnold have a fully fit squad to choose from. The 11 men who started the game against France are likely to get the nod in this particular encounter.

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PREDICTED LINEUP

(4-1-4-1): Ryan; Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Mooy; Leckie, Irvine, McGree, Goodwin; Duke