Tunisia vs Australia World Cup 2022: Date & Time, Preview, Team News, Prediction

Australia will be bidding to bounce back from their heavy defeat to France when they continue their World Cup Group D campaign against Tunisia on Saturday.
November 26, 2022 | 08:16

Australia hope to bounce back from their opening-day demolition at the hands of France when they take on Tunisia in the World Cup on Saturday.

The Socceroos were thrashed 4-1 by Les Bleus despite going ahead in the early stages of the game through a Craig Goodwin goal.

Tunisia, meanwhile, opened their campaign with a goalless draw against Denmark and are out to boost their chances of going through to the next round.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Photo: Bongdaplus
Photo: Bongdaplus

Tunisia vs Australia is scheduled for a 10am GMT kick-off on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar will host the match.

Match preview

Tunisia are competing in the finals of the World Cup for the sixth time in their history, and they are looking to reach the knockout round of the competition for the first time.

The African nation failed to win a group game during the 1998, 2002 and 2006 competitions but managed to put a victory on the board last time out in Russia, and they have made a positive start to this tournament, holding a talented Denmark outfit to a goalless draw in their section opener.

Tunisia's last and indeed toughest game in the group will be against France next Wednesday, so their chances of qualifying for the knockout round could largely hinge on their result against Australia.

Jalel Kadri's side beat Mali in the third qualifying round to advance to the finals of the World Cup, and they have actually not lost a competitive match since January.

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Tunisia's performance against Denmark will certainly have given them plenty of encouragement ahead of this match, which will see them face Australia for just the third time, with their only competitive meeting coming in the Confederations Cup back in June 2005, which saw Tunisia record a 2-0 win.

Australia, as mentioned, will enter this match off the back of a 4-1 defeat to world champions France on Tuesday, which has already left them in a difficult position in Group D.

The Socceroos took the lead against Didier Deschamps's side in the ninth minute through Craig Goodwin, but France went on to score four times without reply through Adrien Rabiot, Olivier Giroud (two) and Kylian Mbappe, with the result leaving Australia at the bottom of the group.

Graham Arnold's side beat United Arab Emirates and then Peru on penalties to secure their spot at the 2022 World Cup, and they then overcame New Zealand in two friendlies at the end of September.

Australia have now been present in each of the last five World Cups, being eliminated in the group stage in their last three participations, winning just once in the process.

The national side did manage to reach the round of 16 back in 2006, though, finishing second in Group F behind Brazil before losing 1-0 to Italy in the first knockout round.

Team News

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Tunisia have not reported any injury concerns from their competition opener with Denmark, so the bulk of the XI that started that match should again take to the field.

Wahbi Khazri, who is the leading goalscorer in the squad with 24, was not involved in the team's first game of the tournament, but he is expected to come into the side here.

The 31-year-old could replace Anis Ben Slimane, with Youssef Msakni and Issam Jebali almost certain to retain their spots in the final third of the field.

Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri was a late substitute against Denmark, meanwhile, and the teenager will be hoping to earn more World Cup minutes here.

As for Australia, head coach Arnold is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack following the defeat to France, as there were positives from the clash with the Blues.

The same XI that took to the field for the first whistle on Tuesday should again feature here, with Mitchell Duke leading the line for the Socceroos.

Mathew Leckie is the leading goalscorer in the squad with 13, and the 31-year-old will again play off the right, with Goodwin, who scored against France, also set to retain his spot.

Stoke City's Harry Souttar, Celtic's Aaron Mooy and Middlesbrough's Riley McGree are also in line to start for Australia on Saturday.

Tunisia possible starting lineup:

Dahmen; Bronn, Meriah, Talbi; Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Khazri, Jebali, Msakni

Australia possible starting lineup:

Ryan; Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Mooy; Leckie, Irvine, McGree, Goodwin; Duke

Tunisia vs Australia prediction

The North Africans looked bright in their opening match and should dominate the Aussies, although may lack a cutting edge in front of goal.

A 1-0 Tunisia win.

Tunisia vs Australia Head-to-Head and Key Numbers

The two teams have met twice across all competitions, with their first-ever meeting in 1997 being a friendly, while they met in the erstwhile FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005. Both teams have a win apiece to their name, while also keeping clean sheets in their respective wins.Tunisia have failed to win 14 of their last 15 matches in the FIFA World Cup. Australia, on the other hand, are winless in their last seven games in the competition, suffering six defeats in that period.Only Costa Rica (7) and Iran (6) have conceded more goals than Australia after one match in the World Cup. Tunisia, meanwhile, are one of the teams to have kept a clean sheet thus far.The Socceroos saw their five-game winning streak across all competitions come to an end in their loss to France while Tunisia managed to keep their eighth clean sheet in nine games as they held Denmark to a goalless draw.

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