02:00 PM IST: Welcome to the live blog of the FIFA World Cup 2022 group stage match between Tunisia vs Australia.
Tunisia and Australia will tussle in the second match day of Group D in their hunt for first win of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Both teams showcased spirited show in their first matches as Australia nearly surprised France and Tunisia drew against Denmark. Tunisia in particular were really impressive and would now want to get a win on the table to make their case strong for the next round.
Australia also are not much behind Tunisia and can give them a tough challenge. In the last match, they gave France an early scare. This contest really even on paper but Tunisia might go into this match with a better mental boost after their heroics against Denmark.
Tunisia form (all comps): D-W-W-L-D
Australia form (all comps): W-D-W-W-L
Players to Watch
Matthew Leckie was a rampant force at right flank against France in the last match. The Melbourne City is an experienced campaigner and has played in the German top division for most part of his career. In the current season as well, he has been Melbourne City’s best and holds the key to the Australian dream in the World Cup as well.
Ellyes Skhiri is the senior most player of the Tunisian national team. Tunisia is filled with many unknown talents and players like Skhiri hold a big value in the dressing room. The FC Koln midfielder was really good against Denmark as well and would look to maintain his workrate against Australia.
Both teams don’t have any injury scare in their dugout. Although Tunisia’s main man Ellyes Skhiri is expected to continue to play with a face mask after having a cheekbone fracture.
Tunisia predicted lineup:
Dahmen, Bronn, Meriah, Talbi, Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi, Khazri, Jebali, Msakni
Australia predicted lineup:
Ryan, Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Mooy, Leckie, Irvine, McGree, Goodwin, Duke
Head to Head stats
So far, both sides have only met for two times in their history. Their last meeting was during the 2005 Confederation Cup where Tunisia won 2-0
Played – 2
Tunisia – 1
Drawn – 0
Australia – 1