World’s biggest football carnival is set to begin from 14th June; all the preparations are done and dusted. All we want to see is some fully fledged scuffle which is going to happen in group G. here we can see a tough fight among the four teams, Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, and England. So let’s focus on each and let’s see who is going to qualify for the holy final. Let’s take Tunisia first!
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
Tunisia first ever qualified in 1978’s World Cup before appearing in three straight tournaments 1998, 2002 and 2006. They have failed to progress from any of their groups hence no progress till the date.
Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia)
Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt)
Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France)
Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France)
Coach- N. Maâloul
PROBABLE PLAYING XI: (3-5-2)
Goalkeeper- M. Hassen
Defenders- E.Skhiri, Y.Meriah, S.Ben Youssef
Midfielders- D.Bronn, F.Sassi, W.Kharzi, A.Badri, A.Maaloul
Forwards- S.Khaoui, N.Sliti
Saif-Eddine Khaoui is given a task to supply creativity in the absence of the injured Youssef Msakni.
Tunisia have drawn one game and lost two in each of their last three World Cup group-stage campaigns. Tunisia’s only win at the World Cup happened to be their first ever game at the finals in 1978. Having gone a goal down to Mexico, Tunisia rallied in the second half to win 3-1 in Argentina.
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP:
This isn’t a Tunisian tournament, so here they have to face a tough scuffle with in the group stage specially with England.
On an average: