Tunisia vs Australia kick off the first Saturday morning of 2022 World Cup football at the Al Janoub Stadium.
- Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar
- Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
- Date: Saturday 26 November
- Kick-off Time: 3:30 PM IST
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Tunisia vs Australia: Match Preview:
Both Australia and Tunisia will fancy their chances of claiming a vital win when they face off in 2022 World Cup action on Saturday, November 26.
The Socceroos started the tournament with a 4-1 loss to reigning champions France but did cause an early scare by scoring first.
Tunisia, meanwhile, gave Denmark a stern test in a 0-0 draw that showcased their ability to compete in Qatar.
This game has always been earmarked as a must-win for both teams and they’ll likely throw everything at trying to secure a crucial three points in a competitive Group D.
Tunisia’s backup goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said overcame a muscular strain which threatened to hamper his involvement on the eve of the tournament. Although, the US Monastir shot-stopper only warmed the bench against Denmark.
Jalel Kadri should have all 26 members of the Carthage Eagles squad to select from this weekend.
Australia had to manage various injuries on the eve of the tournament, confirming the departure of Martin Boyle on the opening day of the World Cup. Marco Tilio replaced the Hibernian winger but didn’t get off the bench against France.
Arnold admitted that he has “the option of obviously changing players, and making sure we get some fresh ones out there”. Whether he opts for a raft of alterations ahead of a key group stage fixture remains to be seen.
Tunisia vs Australia: Head to Head:
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.
Tunisia Starting 11 (3-4-2-1): Dahmen; Bronn, Meriah, Talbi; Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Slimane, Msakni; Jebali.
Bench: Ben Said, Hassen, Balbouli, Ghandri, Ifa, Maaloul, Kechrida, Sassi, Ben Romdhane, Chaaleli, Hannibal, Sliti, Jaziri, Khazri, Khenissi.
Australia Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Mooy, Irvine; Leckie, Hrustic, Goodwin; Duke.
Bench: Redmayne, Vukovic, Degenek, Karacic, Wright, Deng, King, McGree, Devlin, Baccus, Maclaren, Kuol, Mabil, Cummings, Tilio.
TUN vs AUS: Dream11 Predictions:
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