Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Tunisia has seen success in African continental competitions, winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2004 as the hosts and the Africa Nations Championship in 2011.
However, their participation in the World Cup finals has been less successful.
They have played at the World Cup on five occasions but have never managed to progress past the group stage.
In 1978 Tunisia became the first African country to win a match at the World Cup finals. They came back from 1-0 down against Mexico to win 3-1 in their first game of the competition.
In 2022 qualifying they topped their group by two points, with an impressive defensive record, only conceding two goals across six games.
They faced Mali in a two-leg play-off match, coming out 1-0 winners on aggregate and qualifying for their sixth World Cup.
The team is captained by 31-year-old Youssef Msakni, who plays his club football in Qatar for Al Arabi.
Ellyes Skhiri, meanwhile, is an accomplished midfielder who possesses great strength and can read the game well. He will look to be the star man for Tunisia this winter.
Tunisia Team Odds To Win World Cup
Tunisia is towards the bottom of the pack when it comes to the outright tournament odds. They are priced at 500/1 (+50000) to win the 2022 World Cup alongside five other teams.
This can be no surprise, as compared to the talent in the squads of the likes of Brazil and France, Tunisia has little to offer.
However, writing them off from the start would be a disrespectful mistake. They will enter Group D with France, Denmark, and Australia.
Although they are the outright group underdogs, priced at 7/2 (+350) to progress from the pool, they showed impressive defensive capabilities in qualifying and a winning mentality.
Nevertheless, both France and Denmark will be optimistic they can progress from the group.
It would surely take a monumental effort from Tunisia to deny either of these two teams a place in the round of 16. To win the Group D entirely they are priced at 16/1 (+1600).
Advancing to the last 16 would be a great achievement for Tunisia and would be their first appearance in a knockout match in the World Cup.
If they manage this, we may see the momentum carry them on to the quarter-finals, which they are priced at 16/1 (1600) – original odds: 11/1 (+1100) – to reach.
How To Bet On Tunisian Team In Qatar
As we get closer to the start of the World Cup this winter, you may be starting to consider some of the bets you will want to place on Tunisia. There are many different types of markets available to wager on.
Therefore, it is important to understand what each bet is and when best to place them, so that you can make the best use of your money and maximise your chances of winning.
To help you with this, here is an explanation of each of the most popular and common markets that you may want to make use of when betting on Tunisia at the World Cup.
Player Prop Bets
When Tunisia plays, you may wish to make a bet on some aspect of captain Youssef Msakni’s performance. This could be a bet for him to score or receive a yellow card.
These are examples of player prop bets, which are bets on a player’s individual performance during any given match.
Team Prop Bets
You could also bet on an aspect of the Tunisian team’s performance. This could be for the team to score first or score at least two goals against Australia.
These are team prop bets, which are bets on a team’s performance during a match that isn’t necessarily directly related to the final score.
The Asian handicap is an interesting and effective betting market.
The favourite for the match is given a handicap to bring the odds closer together and eliminate the possibility of a draw.
This means that one team is essentially leading by a certain number of goals from kick-off.
For example, Tunisia will be the heavy underdogs when they take on France in Qatar. The handicap for this match could be four and a half goals, with Australia on -4.5 goals and Tunisia on +4.5 goals.
With the handicap applied, whichever side scores the most goals is the winner. You can bet on France to win with a -3.5 goal handicap or Tunisia to win with a +3.5 goal handicap.
If you bet on France to win with the handicap and they crush Tunisia 4-1, you would still actually lose your wager.
A goal lines bet allows a punter to wager on the total number of goals they think will be scored in a game.
For example, when Tunisia takes on Denmark you might expect there to be a lot of goals.
Therefore, you would use a goal lines bet to wager that there will be more than a total of 4.5 goals scored.
When Tunisia play, the bookmaker will make a prediction for how many goals they think will be scored in the game.
You can then bet on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored than the number predicted by the bookmaker. This is an example of a totals bet.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Tunisia
In order to make use of any of these markets, you need to know how to sign up with a sportsbook.
The first stage is to research different bookmakers and find one that has odds that you like the look of or an enticing promotion, giving a certain number of free bets (or something similar).
Once you have found one it is time to register an account so that you can begin to wager on Tunisia.
When you have an account, add the bet you are looking to wager on to your online betting slip before placing it. Here is a simple five-step process to help you along the way.
- Choose the odds you would like to place a wager on and add them to your online betting slip.
- Decide how much money you want to put down for the bet before entering this number in the appropriate area.
- Make sure you have deposited sufficient funds in your account so that you can place the bet.
- You are now ready to hit the ‘place bet’ button or similar. You will then receive a confirmation on your on-screen betting slip that the bet has been placed.
- Keep an eye on your betting slip during any Tunisia games that you have placed a wager on. As the game progresses you may be offered ‘cash out’ and you might want to take advantage of this functionality.
Tunisia Team Overview For Qatar
Tunisia has qualified for a second successive World Cup tournament, after appearing at the competition in Russia four years ago.
In 2018 they were drawn into a difficult group, being defeated by Belgium and England in games they would not have been expected to win.
However, they redeemed some pride, emerging victorious against Panama in their final game of the tournament. This was their first win at a World Cup in 40 years.
Between 1998 and 2006 they qualified for the tournament three consecutive times but failed to win a single game across all three competitions.
Key Football Players
When looking at countries like Brazil, France, and England, the Tunisian squad does not have the same quality as the global superstars that play for these countries.
However, they do have some talented players and if they can work together effectively, they will certainly be in with a shot at getting points on the table in their group and even progressing to their first-ever round of 16.
Wahbi Khazri will lead the line for Tunisia in Qatar. He is the star man up front for his French club side Saint-Etienne and he was their top scorer in Ligue 1 last season, managing 10 goals.
Despite a good season for the club, he could not help them avoid relegation as they dropped to the second tier of French football after losing in the play-offs to Auxerre.
He will be keen to carry his good goal-scoring form into the World Cup this winter and help his country find the back of the net as often as possible.
Naïm Sliti will line up behind Khazri in attacking midfield. He was born in France and plays his club football for Al-Ettifaq FC in Saudi Arabia.
He had a successful last season with the club, managing nine goals from 20 games; an impressive record for a midfielder. As well as an ability to find the back of the net, he is also a technically gifted and creative player.
Tunisia will certainly provide an attacking threat against any team and won’t give defenders an easy game.
Ellyes Skhiri is a rock in midfield who plays for German side FC Köln in the Bundesliga.
His performances over the last few seasons have earnt him transfer attention from some of Europe’s top clubs, although he remains at FC Köln for now.
He has an impressive ability to read the game and is a great defensive player who doesn’t take any nonsense.
Hannibal Mejbri is a promising young midfielder who plays for Manchester United, but is currently on loan at Birmingham this season. He made several cameo appearances last season for the Red Devils and showed great determination and work rate.
At the centre of defence is the reliable Dylan Bronn, who plays for Ligue 1 side FC Metz.
Joining him in defence we will see Mohammed Dräger of Nottingham Forest and Ali Maâloul of Al Ahly.
Center-back Omar Rekik picked up a muscle injury in mid-October and currently has no definitive return date. Otherwise, the Tunisians are somewhat injury-free ahead of their preparation for the tournament.
Ellyes Skhiri is an important player who has had a campaign troubled by injuries – he missed 10 games in total over last season through fitness issues. Tunisian boss Jalel Kadri may therefore want to watch his fitness throughout the tournament.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Tunisia is led by their manager Jalel Kadri, who was appointed in January of this year.
Before his role as the head coach, he worked as an assistant manager for the team but was promoted to the top job after Tunisia was knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the quarter-finals.
He has had a long coaching career and has worked with many different clubs, mainly in his home country Tunisia.
He is joined by Ali Boumnijel as assistant manager, who played as a goalkeeper for the Tunisian national team and was their first-choice at the 1998, 2002, and 2006 World Cups.
Selim Benachour is another former player who joins the coaching staff as assistant manager.
He played at the 2002 World Cup and is considered one of Tunisia’s greatest players. He was also part of the team that won the AFCON in 2004.
Tunisia Team Road To Qatar
Tunisia finished top of their qualifying group, only two points ahead of second-place Equatorial Guinea. They won four games out of six, drawing once and losing once.
They started their qualifying campaign in stellar form, winning their first three games without conceding a single goal.
However, a draw against Mauritania and a loss against Equatorial Guinea meant that their place at the top became insecure.
A 3-1 win against Zambia in the final game of the group was enough to clinch the top spot and qualify for the play-offs.
In the play-offs, Tunisia met Mali, who had performed exceptionally in their qualifying group. Mali finished their group unbeaten in first place, winning five out of their six games with one draw.
However, they had little to offer going forward against Tunisia in the first leg. The game finished 1-0 to Tunisia, courtesy of a Moussa Sissako own goal, who then foolishly got sent off four minutes later.
Despite the victory for Tunisia, it was an uninspiring performance from both teams, as they both only managed one shot on target each in the 90 minutes.
The second leg was an equally poor attacking display from the two sides. Both teams only registered six total attempts each, with Mali not managing a single shot on target.
The game finished 0-0, giving Tunisia a 1-0 aggregate lead and taking them to Qatar.
Tunisia’s World Cup History
When Tunisia appear at the World Cup in Qatar this winter, it will be the sixth occasion they have participated in the tournament.
However, on the previous five occasions, they have been in the competition they have never made it out of the group stage.
Tunisia qualified for their first World Cup tournament in 1978 after a stellar performance in qualifying.
Led by their ‘Golden Generation’, in the first game in this tournament they came from behind against Mexico to win 3-1. This was the first-ever victory by an African nation at the World Cup.
Following this achievement, Tunisia suffered a 20-year absence from the competition, before qualifying again in 1998.
Between 1998 and 2006 they qualified for three consecutive tournaments but failed to win a single game in any of the competitions. However, their consistency in this period is to be admired.
Their latest appearance at the World Cup came four years ago in Russia, in which they won their second-ever game at the finals, defeating Panama 2-1 in the group stage.
Tunisian fans can always be seen with their national flag. They often come kitted out in red to match the colour of their players and their cherished flag.
At the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia, the supporters were out in full force to watch their team. The stadiums they played at were filled with over 60,000 spectators at every Tunisian game in that competition.
However, after a disappointing performance at the 2006 World Cup and failure to qualify for subsequent competitions, the team’s popularity faded.
Between this time and the World Cup in 2018, Tunisian games frequently occurred in almost empty stadiums.
However, at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Tunisian fans were named by FIFA as some of the best at the competition. This winter in Qatar we can expect similar passionate support.