TUNISIA and Australia face off knowing that just one win is enough.
Both nations failed to win their opening Group D game.
And if any of them are aiming to reach the last 16, they almost certainly have to win this one.
On paper, this is the easiest game of the group stage for both teams, with France and Denmark the most likely contenders for a place in the knockout rounds.
So no pressure…
SunSport takes a look at what to expect from Tunisia vs Australia… including the points prediction.
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Tunisia: The big underdogs against Tournament Dark Horses Denmark managed to earn a respectable 0-0 draw.
You’d bet that Tunisia would love to draw against Denmark and France and get all three points against the Socceroos.
Read full Denmark vs Tunisia report…
Australia: It all started so well, shocking reigning champions France with a 1-0 lead.
But they were ultimately beaten 4-1 as Adrien Rabiot, Olivier Giroud (two) and Kylian Mbappe joined the scorers’ list.
A win against Tunisia is crucial to their hopes of progressing.
Read full report France vs Australia…
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Any injuries to worry about?
Tunisia: There are no new injury concerns for Jalel Kadri.
But Wahbi Khazri – the squad’s top scorer – was set to return after an injury meant he missed Matchday 1.
Australia: Graham Arnold has a top-fit squad to choose from.
Now he just has to decide whether to overtake his squad after the defeat by France or stick to his guns.
Who will the star men be?
Tunisia: Wahbi Khazri has the potential to be the key of his nation in this case.
The former Premier League striker, who played for Sunderland, is returning from injury and is his side’s top goalscoring threat.
And after a goalless opening game he is urgently needed.
Australia: Goals win games and like Tunisia, the Aussies have to rely on their regular player.
Mathew Leckie has 13 international goals to his credit and will look to score even more on the biggest stage in Qatar.
What is the head-to-head race?
These two nations have played twice – once in a friendly and once in the Confederations Cup.
Tunisia won their cup tie 2-0 in 2005 while Australia prevailed 3-0 in a 1997 friendly.
Tunisia 1 Australia 1
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6770568/tunisia-australia-world-cup-preview-prediction/ Tunisia vs Australia – World Cup Group D: How they’re faring, injuries and predictions as both nations battle for the first win