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Tunisia predicted XI for their second World Cup game against Australia: Khazri to start?

8:08 AM GMT+4 25/11/2022
Cornelius Denmark Tunisia
GOAL predicts how the Carthage Eagles might line up against the Socceroos at the Al Janoub Stadium

Tunisia will return to 2022 World Cup finals action when they take on Australia in their second Group D fixture at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.

The Carthage Eagles, who are taking part in the global competition for the sixth time, kicked off their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Denmark while the Socceroos suffered a 4-1 defeat against France.

Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri has a full squad to pick from his starting XI and below GOAL predicts how they could parade.

  • Aymen Dahmen, Tunisia

    Goalkeeper: Aymen Dahmen

    The 25-year-old CS Sfaxien custodian was in superb form as the Carthage Eagles shut out Denmark in the opener and he will likely keep his starting role.

    Dahmen's highlight in the Denmark game was when he dived to brilliantly deny Manchester United midfielder, Christian Eriksen, from 20 yards out.

  • DF_Mohamed Drager

    Right-back: Mohamed Drager

    The 26-year-old, who features for Swiss side Luzern on loan from Premier League club Nottingham Forest, produced a great display against Denmark especially with his superb runs from the right-wing.

    He kept Joakim Maehle in check, even made two attempts on target and will likely keep his spot for the clash against the Socceroos.

  • DF_Montassar Talbi

    Centre-back: Montassar Talbi

    The Lorient defender has been one of the key figures for Tunisia, especially in the central defensive role with his superb defensive intuition.

    Against Denmark, Talbi struggled to contain Skov Olsen but he will likely be retained as the Carthage Eagles search for their first victory in the Gulf nation.

  • DF_Dylan Bronn

    Centre-back: Dylan Bronn

    The Salernitana defender put on a great shift against Denmark and even managed to make one attempt on goal.

    The 27-year-old Bronn, who made his debut for the Carthage Eagles against Morocco in 2017, is a sure bet to continue in the role at Al Janoub Stadium.

  • DF_Ali Abdi

    Left-back: Ali Abdi

    Abdi, who is having a great season at French club Caen, started with a slow pace against Denmark and was almost punished for his sluggish passing.

    However, the 28-year-old Abdi grew in confidence in the second period to keep Denmark at bay and he will likely be crucial for the game against Australia.

  • DF_Yassine Meriah

    Central midfielder: Yassine Meriah

    The Esperance midfielder started against Denmark ahead of Ferjani Sassi and was good, especially in clearing the aerial balls.

    He put his body on the line to block an attempt on goal and coach Kadri will be delighted to give him another run against the Socceroos.

  • Tunisia's midfielder Aissa Laidouni

    Central midfielder: Aissa Laidouni

    The 25-year-old Laidouni, who currently features for Hungarian side Ferencvaros, controlled the midfield well and had a good understanding with Ellyes Skhiri.

    He helped to keep Eriksen out of the game and will likely keep the role against Australia.

  • MF_Ellyes Skhiri

    Attacking midfielder: Ellyes Skhiri

    The FC Koln player started ahead of Ben Romdhane of Esperance and he underlined his importance in the Tunisia midfield, ensuring Eriksen did not have room to hurt the defence.

    His superb display, which saw him have two shots saved, will surely give him another chance to star against Australia.

  • FW_Anis Ben Slimane

    Centre-forward: Anis Ben Slimane

    Slimane, who turns out for Superliga club Brondby IF, showed some flashes of brilliance in the first half against Denmark but slowed down his pace in the second period.

    Though he was substituted, coach Kadri could give him another chance against the Socceroos.

  • FW_Youssef Msakni

    Winger: Youssef Msakni

    The 32-year-old was denied by Denmark custodian Kasper Schmeichel on a one-on-one situation and also had three attempts on goal.

    His great show means he will likely continue in the same role as Tunisia seek to get the much needed victory.

  • FW_Wahbi Khazri

    Forward: Wahbi Khazri

    Issam Jebali was preffered ahead of the 31-year-old Khazri but he was not clinical infront of the goal as he wasted two clear chances.

    Khazri, who is the current top scorer for Tunisia, will likely come in to replace Jebali.