Prediction, Team News and Lineups for Tunisia vs France

Tunisia may like their chances against a second string France team.

<p>Tunisia may like their chances against a second string France team.</p>

Tunisia vs France

France and Tunisia will meet for the first time since a friendly in 2010, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and the past four meetings between the two nations have seen Les Bleus alternate between a win and a draw - a promising omen ahead of this mostly insignificant fixture for Deschamps' men.

France, who have already booked their spot in the last 16, will face Tunisia in the last World Cup 2022 Group D match on Wednesday at the Education City Stadium.

Meanwhile, the African nation is at the bottom of the standings and must defeat the reigning champions to get to the knockout rounds.

Tunisia is on the verge of an early departure from the 2022 World Cup after falling short in a 1-0 loss to Australia on Saturday, which saw the Socceroos overtake their fellow Group D rivals in the rankings.

Mitchell Duke's well-placed header with 23 minutes remaining was enough for Australia to secure second place, leaving Tunisia - who fought bravely in a goalless draw with Denmark on matchday one - in fourth place with one game remaining.

Even if Jalel Kadri's team shocks the world champions and takes all three points on Wednesday, Australia will advance to the last 16 with a win over Denmark, but anything less than success for the Socceroos will allow Tunisia to pounce.

In line with the trend of defensive resilience in the build-up to the World Cup, Tunisia has only surrendered one goal in 180 minutes of play, but they are one of only two teams still without a goal at the correct end after two matches, the other being Mexico.

The Eagles of Carthage can take heart from the knowledge that their team has never gone a full World Cup campaign without scoring, and France may simply ease off a little with qualifying already secured.

It seemed only fair that the current champions were the first to clinch their position in the final 16 of the 2022 World Cup, as France continues to overcome a slew of injury issues and pre-tournament challenges to get their title defense off to a flying start.

The top-two-clinching victory came at Stadium 974 on Saturday, when Kylian Mbappe scored twice on either side of Andreas Christensen's header to guarantee that Les Bleus' adventure did not finish at the first hurdle.

Didier Deschamps' team only needs a point to advance as group winners and maybe have a more favorable last-16 tie, but even if they lose, Australia still needs a seven-goal turn in their favor, allowing them to overcome the champs.

With six World Cup triumphs in a row, France is on track to surpass Italy's second-best record of seven straight victories on the biggest stage, albeit they are still a long way from reaching Brazil's all-time record of 11 established between 2002 and 2006.

France and Tunisia will meet for the first time since a friendly in 2010, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and the past four meetings between the two nations have seen Les Bleus alternate between a win and a draw - a promising omen ahead of this mostly insignificant fixture for Deschamps' men.

Tunisia coach Kadri should have a completely healthy team for the match against France, with second-choice goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said back on the bench on Saturday after recovering from an injury.

Right-back Mohamed Drager was dragged out by his manager after only 45 minutes of the loss to Australia, which might possibly open the door for Wajdi Kechrida or Ferjani Sassi to start, although Kadri should keep the changes to a minimum anyway.

Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia's second-highest goalscorer of all time, has only made one substitute appearance at the World Cup so far, but the 24-goal Montpellier HSC star will undoubtedly be considered for a spot this week.

France's second-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is a small concern owing to a back injury, but a slew of changes are likely as Deschamps saves his first-choice crop for the final rounds.

Following brother Lucas Hernandez's terrible cruciate ligament injury, Theo Hernandez is now the solely recognized left-back in the group, and Deschamps is allegedly willing to test Eduardo Camavinga in a left-back role to offer the AC Milan defender some relief.

Mbappe has reportedly determined that he does not want to be rested, but if things change elsewhere, William Saliba, Matteo Guendouzi, Kingsley Coman, and Youssouf Fofana might all be considered.

Tunisia's starting lineup may be as follows: Dahmen; Bronn, Talbi, Meriah; Kechrida, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Msakni, Sliti; Khazri.

France's potential starting lineup is as follows: Mandanda; Pavard, Konate, Varane, Camavinga; Guendouzi, Fofana; Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe; Thuram.

Tunisia is 0-1 against France, according to us.

Tunisia may like their chances against a second-string France team, but their goal-scoring issues aren't going away anytime soon, and France's reservists remain a force to be reckoned with.

We wouldn't be surprised to see another goalless draw added to the list, but France's fearsome assault can grab a goal to remain unbeaten and ruin Tunisia's top-two ambitions.

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