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Tunisia vs Australia line-ups: Predicted XIs, confirmed team news & latest injuries for 2022 World Cup game

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ahbi Khazri push for a start as Tunisia take on Australia in their second Group D clash.

The 31-year-old, who has played for Sunderland in the past, was an unused substitute in the opening draw with Denmark but could come into the squad in what is a crucial game for both sides.

Khazri is second on Tunisia’s list of all-time top scorers, providing a badly needed threat judging by his country’s first 90 minutes at the World Cup.

Hannibal Mejbri, the Manchester United midfielder currently on loan at Birmingham, came 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, without any fitness issues in their first clash against France. They took the lead against the defending champions but were eventually blown away by Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

It’s a much more realistic opportunity to score points, and Aaron Mooy will be counted on to control things in midfield if he starts as expected.

Mitchell Duke will likely lead the line, while Craig Goodwin, who put Australia ahead against the Blues, has surely done enough to keep his place on the left wing.

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

Predicts Tunisia XI: Dahmen, Bronn, Meriah, Talbi, Drager, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi, Khazri, Msakni, Jebali

Australia Scheduled XI: Ryan, Atkinson, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, Irvine, Leckie, McGree, Goodwin, Duke


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