Tunisia have the final Group D game to salvage their 2022 World Cup campaign when they take on defending champions France on Wednesday at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. The North African nation has so far managed just a point and are bottom of the group. They face group leaders France, who have six points and already advanced to the next stage of the competition. Only a win can give them any chance of making it into the last 16. An Australian win over Denmark would eliminate Tunisia regardless of the result in this match. Any other result would see Tunisia needing a win and then it'd go to goal difference. Tunisia are coming from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, which now means they are without a win in their last three matches. In those three games they’ve lost two and they haven’t scored a goal in this competition. Their World Cup run has generally been patchy over the years; they come into this game with just a win in 16 World Cup games, and one clean sheet in 14. To advance to the next stage, this is a game Tunisia must win and yet they have failed to score in six of their last 10 competitive matches. Previously, Tunisia have met with France four times, and lost just once, drawing the other three; they will hope they can bag a win here.
France are coming into this game with two wins in two games at this competition and they have scored six times. They were the first to book a second round ticket but they haven't won the group yet. If they avoid defeat France will finish top. Even if they lose, Australia would have to win and claw back the current gap of six goals between them in goal differene. France have a great run at the World Cup, unbeaten in. nine matches in this competition. In their last game, France beat Denmark 2-1 and the only concern they will have going into this game is their defensive performance, having managed just two clean sheets in the last 10 matches. With a knockout stage spot secure, Didier Deschamps has the comfort of resting his top players, but we still expect France to be strong. They have three wins in the last four matches and rarely failed to score. In the last four matches they’ve scored two or more goals in three, and they’ve only failed to score in two of the last 10 World Cup matches. Kylian Mbappe, if selected, will be a man to watch after his heroics, and three goals in the opening two matches. He has seven goals in eight World Cup games and will be yearning for more in this clash.
Tunisia have a poor run coming into this game and they will have a big test here, given the two nations' profiles, especially at the World Cup stage. While Tunisia are winless in the last three matches, France have three wins in the last four games. Tunisia have also struggled in attack, an area that France have flourished, which makes a France win a good pick for this game.
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