Tunisia vs France World Cup lineups, starting 11 for Group D match at Qatar 2022

2 months ago 30

Tunisia will hope that France's fine start to the 2022 World Cup can boost their chances of also reaching the knockout stages.

Jalel Kadri's side need a win over the world champions to stand any chance of progressing, having picked up just one point so far.

And, fortunately, they could be coming up against a weakened France team, with Didier Deschamps suggesting the luxury of rotation will be available to him after two victories from two games.

The Les Bleus coach said: "For us, it's ideal, we have six points so we are sure to qualify after two matches. We will appreciate that before the next game in four days. It brings peace, the assurance that we qualify.

"We have a very high chance of finishing first [in Group D] because our goal difference is much better than Australia's, so we're in the perfect position."

Below are the projected lineups for both teams.

MORE: Watch every World Cup match live with fuboTV (U.S.-only free trial)

Tunisia vs France lineups

Deschamps looks likely to make a number of changes for the clash with Tunisia, though he could stop short of resting star man Kylian Mbappe.

Asked by one journalist if the striker will demand to start, Deschamps hit back by saying: "His fitness is fine, so we don't need to manage that. So you are saying we have to manage his ego?

"What do you know about that? I know but you don't. Kylian doesn't have a big ego, that's not true.

"He's a key player but he's a team player. Of course, he's a star but he's not 18 years old anymore, he's more experienced.

"He wants to play tomorrow but not all of them can start the match, that's normal."

MORE: Tunisia vs France World Cup time, live stream, TV channel, lineups, odds

Tunisia predicted starting 11

Tunisia (3-4-2-1, right to left): 16. Dahmen (GK) — 6. Bronn, 4. Meriah, 3. Talbi — 21. Kechrida, 17. Skhiri, 8. Mejbri, 24. Abdi — 23. Sliti, 10. Khazri — 9. Jebali

  • Injuries: None
  • Suspensions: None

Tunisia have no fresh injury concerns to consider but may make a change on the right-hand side of their defence.

Mohamed Drager came off at halftime against Australia and so Wajdi Kechrida may be in line to replace him at the back.

MORE: World Cup 2022 standings: Live updated table, points for every group in Qatar

France predicted starting 11

France (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Lloris (GK) – 2. Pavard, 24. Konate, 17. Saliba, 25. Camavinga – 6. Guendouzi, 14. Rabiot – 20. Coman, 7. Griezmann, 10. Mbappe – 26. Thuram  

  • Injured: Benzema, L. Hernandez, Areola
  • Suspended: none

With Lucas Hernandez out of the rest of the tournament and his brother, Theo, the only left-back remaining in the squad, Eduardo Camavinga is being tipped as the surprise rotational choice in that position.

Elsewhere, Ibrahima Konate and William Saliba could be paired in a much-changed backline, while there may be chances for Kingsley Coman and Marcus Thuram up top.

MORE: World Cup 2022 Group D: Match schedule, fixtures, times and dates

Tunisia vs France World Cup squads

Here are the names on Tunisia and France's World Cup squad lists in Qatar (caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):

Tunisia World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 16 Aymen Dahmen CS Sfaxien (TUN) 25 6
GK 26 Mouez Hassen Club Africain (TUN) 27 20
GK 1 Balbouli Etoile du Sahel (TUN) 38 73
GK 22 Bechir Ben Said US Monastir (TUN) 27 10
DEF 20 Mohamed Drager Luzern (SUI) 26 35
DEF 21 Wajdi Kechrida Atromitos (GRE) 27 20
DEF 2 Bilel Ifa Kuwait SC (KUW) 32 37
DEF 3 Montassar Talbi Lorient (FRA) 24 24
DEF 6 Dylan Bronn Salernitana (ITA) 27 37
DEF 4 Yassine Meriah ES Tunis (TUN) 29 62
DEF 5 Nader Ghandri Club Africain (TUN) 27 8
DEF 12 Ali Maaloul Al Ahly (EGY) 32 83
DEF 24 Ali Abdi Caen (FRA) 28 11
MID 17 Ellyes Skhiri Koln (GER) 27 50
MID 14 Aissa Laidouni Ferencvaros (HUN) 25 26
MID 13 Ferjani Sassi Al Duhail (QAT) 30 79
MID 18 Ghailene Chaalali ES Tunis (TUN) 28 31
MID 15 Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane ES Tunis (TUN) 23 23
MID 8 Hannibal Mejbri Birmingham City (ENG) 19 20
FWD 19 Seifeddine Jaziri Zamalek (EGY) 29 29
FWD 23 Naim Sliti Al-Ettifaq (SAU) 30 70
FWD 11 Taha Yassine Khenissi Kuwait SC (KUW) 30 49
FWD 25 Anis Ben Slimane Brondby (DEN) 21 26
FWD 9 Issam Jebali OB (DEN) 30 11
FWD 10 Wahbi Khazri Montpellier (FRA) 31 72
FWD 7 Youssef Msakni Al Arabi (QAT) 32 89

France World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 23 Alphonse Areola West Ham (ENG) 29 5
GK 1 Hugo Lloris Tottenham (ENG) 35 139
GK 16 Steve Mandanda Rennes (FRA) 37 34
DEF 3 Axel Disasi Monaco (FRA) 24 0
DEF 21 Lucas Hernandez Bayern Munich (FRA) 26 32
DEF 22 Theo Hernandez AC Milan (ITA) 25 7
DEF 24 Ibrahima Konate Liverpool (ENG) 23 2
DEF 5 Jules Kounde Barcelona (SPA) 23 12
DEF 2 Benjamin Pavard Bayern Munich (GER) 26 46
DEF 17 William Saliba Arsenal (ENG) 21 7
DEF 18 Dayot Upamecano Bayern Munich (GER) 23 7
DEF 4 Raphael Varane Manchester United (ENG) 29 87
MID 25 Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid (SPA) 19 4
MID 13 Youssouf Fofana AS Monaco (FRA) 23 2
MID 6 Matteo Guendouzi Marseille (FRA) 23 6
MID 14 Adrien Rabiot Juventus (ITA) 27 29
MID 8 Aurelien Tchouameni Real Madrid (SPA) 22 14
MID 15 Jordan Veretout Marseille (FRA) 29 5
FWD 11 Ousmane Dembele Barcelona (FRA) 25 28
FWD 20 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich (GER) 26 40
FWD 9 Olivier Giroud AC Milan (ITA) 36 114
FWD 7 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid (SPA) 31 110
FWD 10 Kylian Mbappe PSG (FRA) 23 59
FWD 26 Marcus Thuram Bor. M'Gladbach (GER) 25 4
FWD 12 Randal Kolo Muani Monaco (FRA) 23 2
Read Entire Article