WORLD CUP PREVIEW

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WORLD CUP PREVIEW Weds: Tunisia v France

The final group games of any international tournament can be challenging for punters and for many reasons Tunisia v France is no different. The French, who are 1/2 favourites to win the game with starsports.bet, are already qualified after wins over Australia and Denmark and only need to avoid defeat here to finish first.

Tunisia obviously have greater motivation. They need to pull off an upset win here, and then hope the match between Australia and Denmark ends in a draw, which would give them second place in the group.

Their chances will be helped by the inevitable chances that Didier Deschamps is sure to make here โ€“ but they will need to be much more like the side that pushed Denmark very hard in their opening 0-0 draw rather than the one that went down 1-0 to Australia on Saturday.

They only forced Mat Ryan into four saves and whilst they were unlucky not to score, they were less threatening than against Denmark as they struggle to find invention in midfield with Ellyes Skhiri, Aรฏssa Laรฏdouni and Ali Abdi struggling to make a mark whilst Issam Jebali, targeted from the off, was isolated. Regardless of what midfield Deschamps plays, they will need to improve markedly.

Tunisia v France
FIFA World Cup Group D
15:00 BBC 2 HD / BBC iPlayer

LAST FIVE STATS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
AUG 2002 FRIENDLY Tunisia 1-1 France
OCT 2008 FRIENDLY France 3-1 Tunisia
MAY 2010 FRIENDLY Tunisia 1-1 France

TUNISIA
JUN 2022 KIRIN CUP Japan 0-3 Tunisia
SEP 2022 FRIENDLY Comoros 0-1 Tunisia
SEP 2022 FRIENDLY Brazil 5-1 Tunisia
NOV 2022 WORLD CUP Denmark 0-0 Tunisia
NOV 2022 WORLD CUP Tunisia 0-1 Australia

FRANCE
JUN 2022 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE France 0-1 Croatia
SEP 2022 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE France 2-0 Austria
SEP 2022 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Denmark 2-0 France
NOV 2022 WORLD CUP France 4-1 Australia
NOV 2022 WORLD CUP France 2-1 Denmark

Any selections for this game are complicated by the fact France will certainly make changes. With Theo Hernandez the only left-back standing in the squad, Deschamps is understood to be considering a left-back role for Eduardo Camavinga to ease the pressure on him, whilst Matteo Guendouzi and Youssouf Fofana could reportedly come into the midfield.

Marcus Thuram and Kingsley Coman could start in the forward line, whilst Kylian Mbappe reportedly doesnโ€™t want to be rested as he chases the golden boot. Mbappe has three goals so far already and will see Tunisia as a perfect chance to add to his tally before tougher tasks await in the knockout stages.

If the superstar starts โ€“ as the media are briefing โ€“ then the 4/1 about him scoring a brace is very eye-catching. He should have done so against Australia in the opening game and has six braces for club and country this season; maybe the best way to find value in this game is to stick with Kylian.

WILLIAM KEDJANYI


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