Tunisia vs France Match Analysis & Prediction
30/11/2022 6:00 pm
Having already secured a spot in the last 16, France visit the Education City Stadium for Wednesday’s final World Cup 2022 Group D match with Tunisia.
Meanwhile, the Eagles of Carthage sit bottom of the standings and must overcome the reigning champions to stand any chance of making it through to the knckout rounds.
Tunisia are of the brink of an early exit from the World Cup after coming up short in a 1-0 defeat to Australia on Saturday, which saw the Socceroos leapfrog their fellow Group D rivals in the standings.
Even if Tunisia can surprise the world champions and claim all three points on Wednesday, Australia will progress to the last 16 with a win over Denmark, but anything short of a victory for the Socceroos will open the door for Tunisia to pounce.
Jalel Kadri’s side can take some encouragement from the fact that Tunisia have never gone through an entire World Cup campaign without scoring before, and France may just take their foot off the gas slightly with qualifcation already guaranteed.
France continue o overcome a myriad of injury problems and pre-tournament struggles in terms of results to get the defence of their crown off to an ideal start.
The top-two-clinching victory came at Stadium 974 in Saturday’s encounter with Denmark, where Kylian Mbappe scored twice either side of Andreas Christensen’s header to ensure that their journey would not end at the first hurdle.
Didier Deschamps’ side only need one point to progress as group winners and potentially enjoy a more favourable last-16 tie, but even if they suffer a surprise defeat, Australia still need a seven-goal swing in their favour to pip the champions to first place.
With six successive wins at the World Cup, France could equal Italy’s second-best record of seven consecutive victories.
Tunisia vs. France Head to head
These two nations have previously met on just four occasions in friendlies, where France have claimed just one win while they have drawn in three. France have scored six goals and conceded four in the process.
Tunisia Team News
Kadri should be counting on a fully-fit squad against France, with second-choice goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said back on the bench on Saturday after recovering from discomfort.
Right-back Mohamed Drager lasted just 45 minutes against Australia, which could now open the door for Ferjani Sassi or Wajdi Kechrida to start here.
Tunisia's Last 5 Matches
France Team News
Theo Hernandez is now the only recognised left-back in the squad following brother Lucas’ devastating cruciate ligament injury, and Deschamps could test Eduardo Camavinga in a left-back role.
Kingsley Coman, William Saliba, Youssouf Fofana and Matteo Guendouzi could all be considered for places, with Mbappe expected to retain his place.
France's Last 5 Matches
Tunisia vs. France: Odds and Predictions
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