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Tunisia vs Australia Prediction – 2022 World Cup

Sean Fenech
November 22, 2022
Modified: November 23, 2022

Four World Cup group stage matches will take place on 26th November. The first one will be Australia vs. Tunisia at 1 p.m. (local time). The two underdogs of Group D square off in the tournament’s 21st game at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah in an effort to perhaps avoid being eliminated from the group stage. Australia and Tunisia play Denmark and France respectively in their opening group matches, so by the time the game begins, both teams may be determined to gain points. Who will prevail in the fight of the underdogs, though? Whether your intention is to make some profit from World Cup betting or just to satisfy your curiosity, our Tunisia vs Australia prediction and World Cup 2022 predictions will help in turning your making your bets all the better.  

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Our Tunisia vs Australia prediction: Tunisia to win.

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FIFA classifies Tunisia as the 30th-ranked team in the world right now, but the country’s ranking has even reached as high as 14th in May 2018. 

Tunisia is the third-ranked African team, behind Senegal (18th) and Morocco (23rd), two of its World Cup rivals. They are therefore undoubtedly competitive on a global scale, and their recent World Cup pedigree is comparable to that of any emerging nation – but we’ll talk more about this in the next section! 

Tunisia has also been having some great results before arriving in Qatar, with six unbeaten games after losing the AFCON quarterfinal to Burkina Faso on January 29th. 

This excellent run of results featured a 4-0 win against Equatorial Guinea in a 2023 AFCON qualifier, and a 2-0 against South American team Chile in Japan for the Kirin Soccer Cup

World Cup History

The World Cup finals in Qatar will be Tunisia’s sixth appearance, however five of those appearances have occurred in the last twenty four years. 

Before 1998, Tunisia had only participated in the World Cup final of 1978, although one must remember it was categorised as a part of France until 1954. While Tunisia was eliminated at the group stages in Central and South America, the team’s performance was admirable and it even had the honour of defeating Morocco 3-1 for the first time. 

Tunisia participated in three consecutive World Cup finals between 1998 and 2006, however in each time the team was eliminated in the group stage and failed to win any of the nine games. 

After this time, Tunisia took a 12-year break, missing the 2010 and 2014 World Cups entirely. However, the country returned to the top table of international football at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. While they once again lost in the group stage, they did at least succeed in winning their second finals match ever after defeating Panama 2-1 in Saransk. 

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

Tunisia received a bye to advance directly into the second round of qualification as the second-ranked CAF country in December 2019. 

The team then defeated its closest competitors 3-0 at home, so it finished first in Group B by two points over Equatorial Guinea, and won four (and lost just one) of its remaining six games. 

In the third round, Tunisia and Mali engaged in a tight two-leg play-off battle. Due to intense pressure to win the home leg and guarantee their spot in Qatar, they managed to cling on for a 0-0 tie while winning the away leg 1-0 thanks to a goal by Moussa Sissako

Date  Match  Final Score  Winner 
3rd September 2021  Tunisia vs Equatorial Guinea  3-0  Tunisia 
7th September 2021  Zambia vs Tunisia  0-2  Tunisia 
7th October 2021  Tunisia vs Mauritania  3-0  Tunisia 
10th October 2021  Mauritania vs Tunisia  0-0  Draw 
13th November 2021  Equatorial Guinea vs Tunisia  1-0  Equatorial Guinea 
16th November 2021  Tunisia vs Zambia  3-1  Tunisia 
25th March 2022  Mali vs Tunisia  0-1  Tunisia 
29th March 2022  Tunisia vs Mali  0-0  Draw

Tunisia Players to Watch

This is our pick of the top three players of the Tunisian team: 

  • Hannibal Mejbri: A rare breed in international football, the Manchester United midfielder protégé Hannibal Mejbri has won 16 caps despite not having made a single start for his home club. He is currently on loan at Birmingham ahead of the World Cup. Mejbri, who is 19 years old, is a fantastic ball carrier with excellent close control, exceptional maturity and a clear vision. Mejbri played 12 times for France at the U-16 before making his senior international debut for Tunisia on June 5th, 2021, against DR Congo.
  • Anis Ben Slimane, a 21-year-old midfielder for Brondby, has already made a splash for both club and nation in a relatively short period of time, and he is poised to shine on the WC stage. For instance, he has so far amassed 23 caps and four goals for his nation, one of which came on his senior debut against Sudan on October 9th, 2020. During the CAF qualification campaign, he also scored a crucial goal against Zambia, and he has continued to show maturity above his years.
  • Forward Youssef Msakni, aged 31 and already with 85 caps, is one of the team’s most seasoned and dependable players. He now serves as captain of the Tunisia team. He also has 17 goals for his country, and although he didn’t score in each of the two CAF qualifying rounds, he did an outstanding performance in the aforementioned 2023 AFCON qualifier’s 4-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea. Msakni has scored an astounding 147 goals in just 345 appearances for his country’s clubs.

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Although football is not the most popular sport in Australia, which is found in the southern hemisphere, the national team maintains a respectable FIFA rating nonetheless – it was 39th at the last time of asking! 

Australia is also the top-ranked AFC or Asian team, ranking above Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the country that will host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar. 

The Australians, on the other hand, encountered several difficulties throughout the World Cup qualification, falling to Saudi Arabia (1-0) and Japan (2-0) in quick succession in March, leaving the team battling for a spot in Qatar. They ultimately required a play-off game to guarantee their qualifying for the World Cup finals, as we’ll discuss below. 

In September two friendly matches against New Zealand followed, a great opportunity to prepare the best version of the team ahead of the World Cup

World Cup History

Australia’s first appearance at the World Cup finals happened in 1974 as it didn’t join FIFA until 1966. Here, Australia was eliminated at the group stage after playing three games without a win or a goal. 

32 years later, in 2006, Australia made its next trip, and the Socceroos made history by defeating Japan in their opening game by a score of 3-1. Australia lost to Brazil and then drew 2-2 with Croatia to get to the round of 16, but they were then ousted by eventual champions Italy, who won 1-0. 

Sadly, despite making it to the following three World Cups in South Africa, Brazil, and Russia, the country was unable to capitalize on its success. On each occasion, they were eliminated in the group stage and only managed to win one of their nine games during this time. 

Australia has now qualified for five straight World Cup finals, which is wonderful news, and they’ll be desperate to have success in the Middle East. 

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

Australia was given a bye to the second round of qualification and was placed in Group B as the fourth-ranked AFC team at the time of the draw. They scored 28 goals in their eight victories, winning the group by 10 points over Kuwait

However, after moving on to Group B in round three, the team struggled, winning only one of their five away games (1-0 in Vietnam), and ultimately placing third. In fact, they had only seven points less than Japan, forcing Australia to a play-off against the UAE for the right to continue the race to Qatar

This was a win of 2-1 in Doha, and led the Aussies to a final, Inter-Confederation play-off match against Peru – which resulted in a tense 0-0 draw with the use of extra-time, before Australia were led to a victory of 5-4 on penalties to finally try and conquer the Middle East! 

Date  Match  Final Score  Winner 
10th September 2019  Kuwait vs Australia  0-3  Australia 
10th October 2019  Australia vs Nepal  5-0  Australia 
15th October 2019  Chinese Taipei vs Australia  1-7  Australia 
14th November 2019  Jordan vs Australia  0-1  Australia 
3rd June 2021  Australia vs Kuwait  3-0  Australia 
7th June 2021  Australia vs Chinese Taipei  5-1  Australia 
11th June 2021  Nepal vs Australia  0-3  Australia 
15th June 2021  Australia vs Jordan  1-0  Australia 
2nd September 2021  Australia vs China  3-0  Australia 
7th September 2021  Vietnam vs Australia  0-1  Australia 
7th October 2021  Australia vs Oman  3-1  Australia 
12th October 2021  Japan vs Australia  2-1  Japan 
11th November 2021  Australia vs Saudi Arabia  0-0  Draw 
16th November 2021  China vs Australia  1-1  Draw 
27th January 2022  Australia vs Vietnam  4-0  Australia 
1st February 2022  Oman vs Australia  2-2  Draw 
24th March 2022  Australia vs Japan  0-2  Japan 
29th March 2022  Saudi Arabia vs Australia  1-0  Saudi Arabia 
7th June 2022  UAE vs Australia  1-2  Australia 
13th June 2022  Australia vs Peru  0-0  Draw

Australia Players to Watch

There are undoubtedly a few players on Australia’s diversified team that are known to casual fans due to their international play. Here are three of the greatest for this winter to keep a look out for:

  • Tom Rogic, a midfielder aged 29 and one of Australia’s best and most seasoned midfielders. Tom Rogic has a sophisticated left foot and a keen eye for passes. He is also more than capable of scoring, having scored 10 goals in the 53 international matches that he has played in so far. He will be eager to increase his total in Qatar. This includes the second goal in a 4-0 victory against Vietnam during World Cup qualification. Rogic is now without a team after leaving Celtic, and he’ll be eager to sign a club.
  • Aaron Mooy is another midfielder to keep an eye on in Qatar. This all-action and inventive playmaker is equally capable of scoring goals on his own as well as setting up goals for his teammates. In 52 international appearances to date, the 31-year-old has scored seven goals in support of this, including two during CAF qualification. The Celtic star has also scored 50 goals for his team in 325 appearances, which is a fantastic strike rate for a player who occupies a rather deep position on the pitch.
  • Awer Mabil: The 26-year-old striker from Cadiz, who may prove to be a headache for defenders in Qatar, rounds off our list. The forward, who scored two of his seven goals for his country during CAF qualifying, has a fantastic strike rate of one goal every four games. This is interestingly far better than his club career total of 36 goals in 240 games, which raises the possibility that he may save his best and most effective play for his nation’s international competition.

Tunisia vs Australia Betting Odds

We have all the information you require regarding football betting odds. At this point, you might be prepared to stake your hard-earned money on one of the Tunisia vs. Australia results. Listed below you can find our most recent World Cup odds. 

Match Winner

Tunisia to Win Australia to Win Draw
2.03 3.65 3.10

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 Goals Under 2.5 Goals
2.22 1.56

Who Will Win? Tunisia vs Australia Prediction

Even we are having trouble determining whether it’s going to be Tunisia or Australia in this game, one of the hardest group stage matches to make football predictions about in the 2022 World Cup. The teams have split their two victories in their head-to-head meetings, which have taken place since games in 1997 and 2005.

The North African team will be confident about its prospects of earning a victory that may potentially keep their hopes up of making it to the round of 16 alive. Therefore, the form would suggest that Tunisia could potentially win.

Although a draw is a viable possibility in this game, we’ve decided to back Tunisia to win by a slim margin, perhaps by the odd goal in will probably be a low-scoring event.

Our Tunisia vs Australia prediction: Tunisia to win.

Our Tunisia vs Australia Betting Tips

Straight match betting for this match is difficult, as a Tunisia victory only has an implied probability of 35.7% (whereas the figure for Australia is only 36.4%). Even though the online sports betting odds for the 2022 World Cup aren’t great, our World Cup tips suggest that you might want to think about placing a bet on the game having fewer than 2.5 goals. After all, neither of the two teams has a prolific or established international goal score!  The good news is that we’re offering a competitive price of 1.56 for the under 2.5 goal market. 

Sean Fenech

Content Writer at Betiton™

Sean has been writing casino and iGaming content ever since 2018. Moreover, he is also an alumnus of the University of Malta, having graduated with an M.A. in English in 2020. Finally, he also manages the Betiton Medium blog, where he publishes research into the history of popular casino games. You can access this blog here: https://betiton.medium.com/

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