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Tunisia vs France – Already in the round of 16, France play Tunisia in Group D’s final match today [Wednesday], at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. The bottom-ranked African nation must beat the defending champions to advance.
Tunisia are on the verge of an early exit from the 2022 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Australia on Saturday. The Socceroos deposed Tunisia in the Group D standings.
Mitchell Duke’s 23-minute header was all Australia needed to go into second place, leaving Tunisia in fourth with one game remaining.
Even if Jalel Kadri’s side can startle the world champions today, Australia will advance with a win over Denmark, but anything less will allow Tunisia to pounce.
Tunisia have only conceded one goal in 180 minutes of football, but they are one of only two sides without a goal at the right end after two matches. Mexico is the other.
The Eagles of Carthage have never gone a complete World Cup without scoring, and France may ease off with qualifying already secured.
France became the first team to seal their position in the final 16 of the 2022 World Cup, as they continued to overcome injury concerns and pre-tournament struggles to defend their crown.
The top-two-clinching triumph came at Stadium 974 on Saturday against Denmark, where Kylian Mbappe scored twice from either side of Andreas Christensen’s header.
Didier Deschamps’ team needs only a point to advance as group winners and maybe have a more favorable last-16 fixture, but even if they lose, Australia needs a seven-goal swing in their favour to topple the champions.
France and Tunisia will meet for the first time since 2010 when they drew 1-1. Les Bleus have split their last four matches between wins and draws, which is a good sign for this match that doesn’t matter.
Tunisia vs France – Betting Analysis
Bechir Ben Said, Tunisia’s second-choice goalkeeper, is back on the bench after recovering from injury.
Right-back Mohamed Drager was substituted after 45 minutes of the loss to Australia, which could open the door for Wajdi Kechrida or Ferjani Sassi to start, but Kadri should limit the changes.
Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia’s second-highest goalscorer, has only made one substitute appearance at the World Cup so far, but he will be considered this week.
As for France, Deschamps doesn’t have any new worries after the win over Denmark. However, he is likely to make some changes because he wants to save his best players for the knockout rounds.
After his brother Lucas Hernandez tore his cruciate ligament, Theo Hernandez is the only known left-back on the team. It is said that Deschamps is willing to try Eduardo Camavinga in order to give him a break.
Mbappe reportedly doesn’t want to be rested, but William Saliba, Matteo Guendouzi, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana could play.
Tunisia may fancy their chances against a second-string France team, but their goal-scoring issues aren’t improving, and France’s reserves are still a threat.
France’s strong assault can help it remain unbeaten and crush Tunisia’s top-two chances.
Tunisia vs France:Head-to-Head
Our Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals