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Tunisia vs Australia Match Preview

24 Nov 2022 22:38    

The match

Tunisia and Australia will face off on Saturday in the second round of matches in the ongoing FIFA World Cup and the two nations will hope to rise from winless starts in Group D. This match, at Al Janoub Stadium, finds Australia bottom of the group after losing to France while Tunisia are joint second with Denmark following a draw between the two nations. Tunisia will go into this game as the favorites, by their solid performance against a much fancied Denmark side in the opening game. In four of their last five matches, Tunisia have kept clean sheets, while they have lost just one game in the five and they will view this game as a winnable clash before they take on group favorites France. They’ve failed to score in just one of their last five matches – their 0-0 draw with Denmark in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup. Their 5-1 loss to Brazil in a friendly game is only their second defeat in the last 10 matches, and as they proved against Denmark, they are a tough side to beat. Tunisia had a fair share of their chances in the opening game and though they were dominated by Denmark, they managed to create a number of open chances. A vocal support in Qatar, and the Arab connection worked for them too, and we expect the same to be the case in this game. At position 30 in the FIFA rankings, the North Africans are ranked eight places better than Australia and while that may not matter a lot, it is sure to give them confidence that they can squeeze a good result from this. In five straight competitive matches, Tunisia haven’t conceded a goal but they’ve managed just two wins, and scored more than a goal in just one of the five – a 4-0 win over Equatorial Guinea.

Australia had a good start to their game against France with Craig Goodwin scoring for them after just nine minutes facing the world champions. However, things turned around after 18 minutes and it ended in a 4-1 loss for the Socceroos. That defeat ended their five-game unbeaten run and also brought to a halt their run of three straight clean sheets. It further left the Australia national team winless in their last seven World Cup matches, six of them ending in losses. Against Tunisia, Australia have their likeliest chance to bag three points from this group, looking at the strength of teams in this pool and they will want to make this count. The one positive they carry to the game is that they’ve failed to score in just one of the last five matches. In half of their last 10 matches, Australia have scored two or more goals and they’ve conceded two or more in three of the 10 matches. In their last five competitive matches, Australia have managed just one outright win, and one on post match penalties, the other three ended in losses.

Key Statistics

Tunisia have four clean sheets in the last five matches.

Tunisia haven’t conceded a goal in their last five competitive games.

Australia have three losses in their last five competitive matches.

Australia have failed to score in one of their last five matches.

Tunisia have failed to score once in the last five matches.

Tunisia have two losses in the last 10 games.

The bet of our experts

Australia are coming from a heavy loss to France and will feel this is a game they can extract a win from. Tunisia will feel the same way about this game and following their solid performance against a much stronger Denmark, they will go into the game as favorites. In competitive action, Tunisia have done better than Australia and they are also stronger defensively. While Australia have failed to score in just one of their last five matches, Tunisia should be able to handle their threat, given the North African side's defensive solidity. Go for a Tunisia win here.

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