When Australia and Tunisia square off against one another on Saturday at Al Janoub Stadium, both teams are eager to snag a World Cup victory, as they are aware that if they do so, they will move a significant distance closer to the knockout stage.
Graham Arnold will look to rouse his team for a match against Tunisia, who will be buoyed by the massive support they received against Denmark, where they earned a 0-0 draw to advance to the semi-finals of the European Championship. Following Australia’s humiliating 4-1 loss to France, Graham Arnold will look to rouse his team for a match against Tunisia.
This performance for Tunisia, which was just the team’s second clean sheet in 16 matches at the World Cup, has heightened expectations of moving beyond the group stage for the first time, despite the fact that this is their sixth World Cup.
According to the team’s head coach, Jalel Kadri, “We want to move beyond this round; this is our primary aim, and we’re fairly hopeful about attaining this goal.”
It is a golden chance for them to take advantage of against a Socceroos team who had the lead against France before being defeated by the firepower of the current World Cup winners.
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Australia has failed to win any of their past seven matches on this level, which is their longest winless run in the tournament. Australia has lost 65% of its games in the World Cup, having lost 11 of their 17 matches.
During their match against Denmark, Tunisia only controlled the ball 38.7% of the time, while their passing accuracy in the other team’s half was a dismal 55.4%. The match ended in a scoreless tie.
While everything was going on, Australia’s possession percentage against France was just 37.6%, and as a result of the game’s results, they now have just one clean sheet to show for their 17 games played in this World Cup.
It was Kadri who made the following statement: “We’re playing a good group, and today we have one point; and we need spend this energy we have in the next match as well.”
“It gives us a fantastic boost, and we’re looking forward to seeing the supporters continuing to do that,” he stated in reference to the rowdy support that the audience was providing for his squad.
Jackson Irvine, a midfielder for Australia who now plays club football in Germany for St. Pauli, expressed his desire to see a reaction following the team’s loss to France.
His words were as follows: “To feel disappointed… is a huge testament to the mentality of the group and that desire to win and get results, and it’s definitely something we have in us all the time and continue to have going into these next couple of huge games.” He went on to say that the fact that they were disappointed was a huge testament to the fact that they wanted to win and get results.
Irvine predicted that “the game would flow in a very different manner” and cited the “extremely different opponent” as his justification.
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Tunisia: Issam Jebali
In the match against Denmark, Jebali had the most of Tunisia’s scoring opportunities, with his three shots on goal having a combined value of 0.53 anticipated goals (xG) out of a total of 0.92 for the team. Andreas Cornelius (0.93) of Denmark was the only player on the field with a better xG score than anybody else, but he was unable to capitalize on a great opportunity to win the game from close range.
In their match against Australia, Tunisia will be hoping that Jebali can finish with more precision. Many people were astonished that the player from Montpellier did not participate in the game against Denmark; Kadri has Wahbi Khazri waiting in the wings, and he has promised that he would “get his moment.”
Australia: Mat Ryan
Both goalkeeper Ryan and winger Mathew Leckie have a chance to make their eighth World Cup appearances for Australia, which would create a new record for the most World Cup starts by an Australian player.
Ryan had a rough game against France because Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, and the rest of France’s offense made his life difficult. This time around at the World Cup, Ryan will try to achieve a rare shutout for his team.
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Our statistical model projects that Tunisia will emerge victorious in this contest with a probability of 47.3%, while Australia has just a 25.6% chance of claiming all three points on the line.
Therefore, there is a 27.1% chance of a tie, but given how much is at stake, it is very necessary for both teams to come out on top. You can probably guess that a draw would be a devastating blow to the dreams of both teams of making it to the round of the final 16 in the competition.
This will be just the third time that Tunisia and Australia have competed against one another. In their only previous meeting, in 1997, Australia won a friendly against Tunisia 3-0, but Tunisia went on to win the 2005 Confederations Cup.