Today’s World Cup action kicks off with a morning showdown between the two underdogs in Group D. Surely, defeat for either Tunisia or Australia will be curtains for their run in Qatar after they both failed to win their opening games.
The Carthage Eagles go into this clash with renewed confidence having held Denmark in their first match, and they are one of the teams boosted by a huge following at a World Cup that is relatively local for them. However, Tunisia have never made it past the group stage.
Australia have only once graced the last-16 and are up against it with an unfancied team that was resoundingly beaten by France last time out, even if they did cause the world champions an early scare. BBC One will broadcast this game on TV and you can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s LIVE World Cup blog!
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The North Africans looked bright in their opening match and should dominate the Aussies, although may lack a cutting edge in front of goal.
A 1-0 Tunisia win.
Australia team news: Few changes
It’s a similar story for Australia, with no fitness problems picked up in their opening clash against 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 on to control things in midfield should he start as expected.
Mitchell Duke will likely lead the line, while Craig Goodwin, who put Australia in front against Les Blues, has surely done enough to keep his place on the left wing.
Hearts full-back Nathaniel Atkinson struggled, understandably, against Mbappe and was replaced in the second half, but should still keep his place for what he will hope will be an easier 90 minutes.
Tunisia team news: Khazri pushing to start
Wahbi Khazri is pushing for a start as Tunisia look to earn a much-needed win.
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 side in what is a crucial match for both teams.
Khazri is second on the list of Tunisia’s all-time leading goalscorers, offering a threat that is badly needed judging by his country’s opening 90 minutes at the World Cup.
Hannibal Mejbri, the Manchester United midfielder currently on loan at Birmingham, did come off the bench against Denmark and is likely to have to settle for another cameo, with Tunisia having no injury concerns.
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Where to watch
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 9.45am.
Live stream: The BBC iPlayer will broadcast the match live online.
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This Group D clash at the Al Janoub Stadium kicks off at 10am GMT, in which both sides are in desperate need of a win.
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