FIFA World Cup 2022 : France vs Tunisia Match Preview and Lineups

France vs Tunisia
SCHEDULE TIME
GAME France vs Tunisia
DATE 30/11/2022
TIME 08:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Education City Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
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FULL TIME
France [1-1] Tunisia

Match Preview of France vs Tunisia

Having already confirmed a place in the last 16, France visit the Education City Stadium for Wednesday's final World Cup 2022 Group D encounter with Tunisia.

Meanwhile, the African nation sit bottom of the standings and must overcome the reigning champions to stand any chance of making it through to the knockout stages.

Still waiting for their first goal of the 2022 edition, Tunisia are on the brink of an early exit from the globe's biggest footballing tournament after coming up short in a 1-0 loss to Australia on Saturday, which saw the Socceroos leapfrog their fellow Group D rivals in the standings.

Mitchell Duke's smartly-taken header with 23 minutes on the clock was all that it took for Australia to cement their position in the top two, leaving Tunisia - who fought valiantly in a goalless draw with Denmark on matchday one - in fourth place with one game left to play.

Even if Jalel Kadri's side can stun the world champions and secure all three points on Wednesday, Australia will progress to the last 16 with a win over Denmark, but anything less than victory for the Socceroos will open the door for Tunisia to pounce.

In keeping with the theme of defensive resilience in the lead-up to the World Cup - posting seven clean sheets from eight games before Qatar - Tunisia have only conceded the one goal across 180 minutes of football, but they are one of just two teams still without a goal at the correct end after two matches - the other being Mexico.

The Eagles of Carthage can take some encouragement in the fact that their side have never gone through an entire World Cup campaign without scoring before, and France may just take their foot off the gas slightly with qualification already in the bag.

It was only fitting that the current holders became the first side to confirm their place in the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, as France continue to overcome a myriad of injury problems and pre-tournament struggles results-wise to get the defence of their crown off to an ideal start.

The top-two-clinching win came at Stadium 974 in Saturday's clash with Denmark, where Kylian Mbappe struck twice either side of Andreas Christensen's header to ensure that Les Bleus' journey would not end at the first hurdle.

Only a point is needed for Didier Deschamps's side to advance as group winners and potentially enjoy a more favourable last-16 tie, but even if they suffer a shock loss, Australia still need a seven-goal swing in their favour to pip the champions to first place.

Our Predicted Lineups

France possible starting lineup:Dahmen; Bronn, Talbi, Meriah; Kechrida, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Msakni, Sliti; Khazri

Tunisia possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Mandanda; Pavard, Konate, Varane, Camavinga; Guendouzi, Fofana; Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe; Thuram

Who will win the match?

We say: Tunisia 0-1 France. Tunisia might fancy their chances against a second-string France side, but their goalscoring woes are showing no signs of letting up any time soon, and France's reservists are still a force to be reckoned with. We would not be surprised to see another goalless stalemate added to the ever-growing collection, but France's formidable attack can nick a goal to stay perfect and end Tunisia's top-two hopes.

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