Australia and Tunisia are still without a win in this edition of the FIFA World Cup. Both teams need a win to strengthen their chance to advance to the next level of the big footballing event that is happening in Qatar. Among the two, Tunisia, for the moment, is in much better shape as it at least has a point from a goalless draw it played against Denmark in round one of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Australia on the other hand has already faced a big defeat at the hands of the reigning world champion France.
The Socceroos with zero points know enough about how crucial their upcoming clash against Tunisia is for their progress out of the group stage. If Australia fails to gain any points from Tunisia, they are more than likely to head home from the tournament. In fact, even a draw might not do for them considering the strengths of their other two group opponents, France and Denmark.
Australia and Tunisia know the above more than anyone and the clash between them has a good chance of becoming an all-out battle.
Australia Vs Tunisia: Will Their Lineups Be Different?
For Tunisia, Montpellier’s player, Wahbi Khazri was a notable miss in their game against Denmark. The attacking mid was doubtful because of his injury and was completely absent in his nation’s first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022. However, sources lately are confident that there are no injury worries in the entire squad of Tunisia so Khazri is very much probable to start his game against France. The Eagles Of Carthage’s rest of the lineups are expected to remain the same.
In like manner, Australia also has no injury problems despite coming out of a challenging fixture against France. Fortunately, all of the players from that match are free of any physical harm and have their coach’s trust to start the game for round 2.
Tunisia: Dahmen, Bronn, Meriah, albi, Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi, Msakni, Jebali, Khazri
Australia: Ryan, Atkinson, Souttar, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, Leckie, Irvine, McGree, Goodwin, Duke
Australia Vs Tunisia Our Prediction
A high-scoring game seems definitively far-fetched as both are within the 30s ranked FIFA team though Tunisia currently sits notably higher than its upcoming foe 30 vs 38. While Australia is prone to conceding more goals, lately Tunisia hasn’t been the nation to absolutely kill the game with big margins, especially against higher-ranked FIFA nations and particularly in competitive games.
Also, despite the recent 4-1 deficit against France, Australia almost resembles Tunisia’s forms in terms of each of their last ten matches and also in regard to their respective qualifiers’ campaign. Nonetheless, Tunisia on paper has been the favorite to take away the three points from Australia albeit with a narrow margin of 1-0. France showed with quality finishers and even the mid, Australia’s defense may be the second easiest to penetrate after Costa Rica. Unfortunately, due to the lack of any star attacker in Tunisia, the African sides don’t look promising enough to have a barrage of goals for themselves.
Nonetheless, coach Jalel Kadri’s team was able to hold up Denmark who recently defeated France in the UEFA Nations League not once but twice. To say more, Tunisia also had the same amount of big chance that Denmark had against them, one to one and the teams had the same ratio of missed big chances.
Their spirit will definitely be higher than Aussies. In fact, a 2-0 defeat for Australia also has good odds as the Socceroos has the reputation to lose mental strength quite faster once they experience a breach on their defense.
Australia’s Chance Against Tunisia
Looking at Tunisia’s defensive performance against Denmark’s organized gameplay, Australia seems improbable to bypass the African sides’ defense even with top-tier finishers let alone with what they have in this world cup. Nonetheless, the power extent of Tunisia’s frontline, too, isn’t any different than that of Australia. So if anything, a draw might be less than a miracle and earthly feasible for Graham Arnold’s boys. Furthermore, it should be noted that it was them who opened up the score sheet in the match against France. They additionally also created a potent chance to equalize when France was 2-1 ahead of them only to be missed by Middlesbrough’s attacking midfielder, Riley McGree.
Australia Vs Tunisia The Most Recent Odds
Tunisia is a marginal favorite to win against Australia with bet 365 giving them the victory odds of 11/10 (2.10).
The Aussies in comparison have the prospects of 11/4 (3.75) to take their first three points in this world cup edition.
The game has been provided the odds of 9/4 (3.25) to end in a draw.
Possible goal scorers in terms of so far stats are Tunisia’s Youssef (11/2, 6.50), his teammate Wahbi Khazri (6/1, 7.00), Australia’s Jamie McLaren (13/2, 7.50), and his teammate, Mitchell Duke (17/2, 9.50) respectively.