Tunisia vs Australia lineups: confirmed team news and Predicted XIs for World Cup 2022 game

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Wahbi Khazri is pushing for a start as Tunisia face Australia in their second Group D clash.

The 31-year-old, who previously played for Sunderland, was an unused substitute in the opening draw with Denmark but could feature in the crucial game for both teams.

Khazri is second on Tunisia’s all-time top goalscorer list and offers a much-needed threat, judging by his country’s opening 90 minutes at the World Cup.

Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, who is currently on loan at Birmingham, did come off the bench against Denmark and will likely have to settle for another cameo with Tunisia having no injury concerns.

It’s a similar story for Australia, where there were no fitness issues in their opening clash with France. They took the lead against the defending champions but were eventually blown away by Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

This is a far more realistic opportunity to pick up points and Aaron Mooy will be relied upon to control things in midfield if he starts as expected.

Mitchell Duke is likely to lead the line, while Craig Goodwin, who put Australia in front against Les Blues, has certainly done enough to keep his place on the left wing.

Hearts full-back Nathaniel Atkinson understandably struggled against Mbappe and was substituted in the second half, but he should still keep his place for what he hopes will be an easier 90 minutes.

Predicted Tunisia XI: 

Dahmen, Bronn, Meriah, Talbi, Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi, Khazri, Msakni, Jebali

Predicted Australia XI:

 Ryan, Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, Irvine, Leckie, McGree, Goodwin, Duke

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