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Preview: Tunisia vs. France – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

France will look to extend their 100 percent record at the 2022 World Cup when they face Tunisia in Group D.

The French national team has already secured their spot in the Round of 16 after beating Australia and Denmark in their first two matches. Tunisia will do everything to save their World Cup campaign. If they manage to take down France, they will advance to the Round of 16 if the Denmark vs Australia match ends with a draw.

Whether the Eagles of Carthage pull off a miracle or will France squashes their World Cup hopes, they will do their best in their games.

Where: Education City Stadium

When:  Wednesday, November 30, at 6 pm (15:00 GMT)

Fifa rankings:  France (4), Tunisia (30)

Match Preview

Didier Deschamps could choose to rest some of his key players in Wednesday’s clash with Tunisia as France has reached the knockout stages of the World Cup. Victory over Australia and Denmark means the defending champions will almost certainly top Group D and with such a tight schedule, Deschamps has the right to rule out the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, and Antoine Griezmann.

Les Bleus had Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, and Christopher Nkunku ruled out prior to the tournament began while first-choice left-back Lucas Hernandez lasted just 13 minutes of their opening match against the Socceroos before sustaining a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, and Deschamps will not risk more of his star men. Hernandez has taken the charge of his brother Theo, although he may be pulled out against Tunisia because of the lack of depth on the left side of the defense.

Just one point is needed for Didier Deschamps’ side to go through at the top of the table and potentially enjoy a more favorable round of 16 draws, but even if they suffer a shock loss, Australia still needs it. a seven-goal shot in their favor to overtake the champions.

Tunisia basically has a chance. If they win this match and the result of the simultaneous game between Denmark vs Australia match end with a draw, they will book their ticket to the knockout stage.

Team News

Tunisia

Source: thehindu

Tunisia coach Kadri should consider a completely healthy squad for the match against France, with second-choice goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said back on the bench on Saturday after recovering from the uncomfortable conditions.

Right-back Mohamed Drager only lasted 45 minutes after losing to Australia before being sent off by the coach, which could now give  Wajdi Kechrida or  Ferjani Sassi a start, but Kadri should limit his substitutions in both ways.

Tunisia’s second-highest scorer of all time, Wahbi Khazri, has only made one substitution at the World Cup so far, but Montpellier HSC’s 24-goal scorer will certainly be considered for a position this week.

France

Source: 90min

As for France, Deschamps’ second-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is in slight doubt because of a back problem, but a multitude of adjustments can be expected as the Bleus boss spares his first-choice crop for the knockout stages.

Theo Hernandez is now the only notable left-back in the squad following brother Lucas Hernandez‘s devastating cruciate ligament injury, and Deschamps is reportedly prepared to test out Eduardo Camavinga in a left-back role to give the AC Milan defender a bit of respite.

Mbappe is said to have decided he doesn’t want to rest, but changes elsewhere that can be seen in William Saliba, Matteo Guendouzi, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana are all considered.

Tunisia Vs. France Head-To-Head Record

Tunisia wins: 1
France wins: 2
Draws: 1
Tunisia goals: 5
France goals: 8

Tunisia World Cup form:
  • D L
Tunisia form (all competitions):
  • W D L W D L
France World Cup form:
  • W W

France form (all competitions):

  • D L W L W W

Source: theanalyst

Tunisia’s Possible Starting Lineup:

Dahmen; Bronn, Talbi, Meriah; Kechrida, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Msakni, Sliti; Khazri

France’s Possible Starting Lineup:

Mandanda; Pavard, Konate, Varane, Camavinga; Guendouzi, Fofana; Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe; Thuram

Prediction:

Tunisia 0 – 2 France