Now Didier Deschamps’ defending world champions face a Tunisia side who are fighting for their World Cup lives, in a game at Education City Stadium.
Tunisia lost 1-0 to a Mitchell Duke goal when they played Australia last time out, following a goalless draw in their opening game, so only a win would keep their knockout stage hopes alive.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Tunisia versus France is scheduled for 3pm GMT kick-off today, Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
The game will take place at Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Where to watch Tunisia vs France
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 2.30pm ahead of the 3pm kick off.
Live stream: The BBC iPlayer will broadcast the match live online.
Live blog: You can also follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
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Tunisia vs France team news
Tunisia XI: Dahmen; Kechrida, Talbi, Meriah, Ghandri, Maaloul; Skhiri, Laidouni, Ben Romdhane, Ben Slimane; Khazri.
France XI: Mandanda; Disasi, Varane, Konate, Camavinga; Fofana, Tchouameni, Veretout, Guendouzi; Coman, Kolo Muani.
Tunisia vs France prediction
The way Mbappe is playing, coupled with the mature performances of youthful midfield duo Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga, means France should cruise to victory in this one.
Deschamps may be tempted to make a couple of changes to keep his squad fresh for the knockout stages. But even then, they ought to be too strong for Tunisia – who haven’t scored a single goal in the tournament yet – and should seal victory by two or three goals.
Les Bleus look like a side to be feared later in the competition, and decent bets to retain their 2018 crown.
Standard Sport predicts: 3-0 France
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Tunisia wins: 1
France wins: 2
These two sides have never met in the World Cup before, only in international friendlies.
Tunisia vs France match odds
Tunisia win: 6/1
France win: 8/15
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).