11/28/2022
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP PREVIEW: TUNISIA VS AUSTRALIA
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• The 6-time Group stage, Tunisia will lock horns with the 2006 Round of 16, Australia in Group D Round 2 fixture in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah on Saturday, 26th November, 2022 morning in Qatar.

By: Isaac Amponsah Dr Ike and Bright Yeboah Taylor (byt) 

Predictions: Away win/draw

• The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd edition since the competition started in 1930 is the 6th appearance for Tunisia while it is the 6th appearance for Australia.

• HEAD-TO-HEAD

• The Group D showdown on Saturday, 26th November, 2022 will be Tunisia and Australia First ever meeting at the FIFA World Cup.

 • Their only two (2) previous meetings was in October 1997, Australia won 3-0 in friendly International before Tunisia won 2-0 at the 2005 Confederation Cup.                           

• MATCH FACTS:

• The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia are ranked 30th in the FIFA latest World rankings, their first International game was 2nd June, 19557 (Tunisia 4-2 Libya).

• The Socceroos of Australia are currently ranked 38th in the FIFA latest World rankings, their first International game was 17th June, 1922 (New Zealand 3-1 Australia) [Dunedin, New Zealand]

• Tunisia most caps player is Radhi Jaidi with 105 games with 7 goals for the National team. Youssef Msakni is the player among the active players with most caps in 87 games.

• Australia most caps player is Mark Schwarzer with 109 games with no goal in the National team jersey. 

• Tunisia top scorer for the National team is Issam Jemaa with 36 goals in 84 games. Wahbi Khazri is the top scorer among active players of Tunisia with 24 goals.

• All-time top scorer for the Australian National team is Tim Cahill with 50 goals in 108 caps.

• Tunisia first appearance at the FIFA World Cup came in the 1978, and since then have been to the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018, 2022 editions).

• Tunisia have never progressed past the Group stages at the FIFA World Cup since their maiden appearance in the 1978 edition. DR Congo (Zaire), South Africa, Angola, Ivory Coast and Togo have also failed to progressed past the Group stages of the FIFA World Cup.

• Six (6) out of the thirteen (13) African Nations have been able to progressed past the Group stages of the FIFA World Cup since it's inception in 1930 (Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana).

• Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010 are the African Nations who have advanced to the Quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

• The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia claimed a notable landmark on their debut appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1978 edition, beating Mexico 3-1 in their opening game saw them become the FIRST African Nation to win a match at the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

• Tunisia second victory in the FIFA World Cup competition did not come until fourty (40) years after their maiden triumph as they defeated Panama 2-1 in their final Group match at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup to give them a first taste of victory in the tournament since 1978 and end a run if 13 World Cup matches without a win.

• Tunisia have avoided defeat in consecutive FIFA World Cup games for the first time (W1 D1). However, they've lost four (4) of their five (5) Group stage games played on MD2, with the exception being a 1-1 draw with Belgium in the 2002 edition.

• Tunisia had thirteen (13) shots against Denmark in their opening game, more than twice as many as they managed against England on MD1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup (6). However, just one (1) of their thirteen (13) attempts was on target.

• No Tunisian player created more chances (2), had more shots (3) or completed more dribbles (3) in their opening match against Denmark than Youssef Msakni.

• Going to Qatar 2022, Tunisia have lost 60% of their FIFA World Cup games (9/15), the third highest percentage by a team to have played at least fifteen (15) games in the competition, behind only Saudi Arabia (69% - 11/16), and Australia (63% -10/16).

•  Tunisia have kept 2 clean sheets in sixteen (16) games at the FIFA World Cup (25 goals conceded), the only exceptions coming against West Germany in 1978 (0-0) and Against Denmark in 2022 (0-0).

• Tunisia have only failed to SCORE in two (2) of their last seven (7) FIFA World Cup matches.

• Tunisia have won five (5) of their last six(6) International matches against AFC Nations (L1).

• Tunisia have lost only one of their last nine(9) international games.

• If Tunisia fail to score, it will be the first time they have not scored in two (2) successive FIFA World Cup games since 1998 edition.

• There are ten (10) players in the Tunisia squad for the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup who also featured at Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 • Wahbi Khazri has been directly involved in each of Tunisia's last four (4) goals at the FIFA World Cup (2 goals, 2 assists). He is the only Tunisian player to register more than one goal at the finals since their first appearance in the competition in 1978.

• Australia are the 15th different Nation that Tunisia have faced in what is their 17th FIFA World Cup game.

• Australia are facing African opposition at the FIFA World Cup for just the second time (18th match overall), they drew 1-1 with Ghana in 2010 in the other.

• Australia have lost only one of their last eight (8) International matches against African Nations (W2 D5).

• Australia have lost six (6) of their last seven (7) FIFA World Cup games (D1). Their last victory being a 2-1 win against Serbia in the 2010 edition, conceding eighteen (18) goals in this spell.

• Australia could lose both of their first two (2) games at the FIFA World Cup campaign for a third time, having also done so in 1974 edition and 2014 edition should they lose to Tunisia.

• Australia have kept just one clean sheet in seventeen (17) FIFA World Cup games; no side to play 10+ games at the competition have a lower such ratio (6%, level with Saudi Arabia).

• Against France on MD1, Australia attempted just four (4) shots, their joint-lowest ever total at the FIFA World Cup game, alongside also having four (4) against Spain in the 2014 edition.

• Against France in MD1, Garang Kuol (18y 68d) became the youngest player to play at the FIFA World Cup game for Australia and the ninth youngest overall in the history of the competition.

• Mat Ryan and Mathew Leckie could both make their eighth FIFA World Cup starts for Australia should they start Against Tunisia, which would set a new record for the Nation at the finals. Indeed, only Mark Bresciano (9 games, 6 starts) and Tim Cahill (9 games, 7 starts) have made more World Cup appearances for the Socceroos of Australia than Ryan and Leckie (7 each).

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