2018 FIFA World Cup – Panama vs Tunisia Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 28th June, 19:00

Where? Mordovia Arena

What channel is it on? ITV4

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-g-belgium-panama-tunisia-england-tickets/ca5917

THE TEAM NEWS

PANAMA

  • Panama have been outclassed by both Belgium and England so they will look at this game as a chance to salvage some pride before going home.
  • Both Cooper and Murillo will miss this final group game due to suspension so Avila and Machado will likely deputise for the banned duo.
  • There will likely be other changes as Hernan Dario Gomez rotates his pack and gives playing time to the likes of Baloy, Arroyo and Tejeda.

Predicted line-up (4-4-1-1):

Penedo

Machado, R. Torres, Baloy, Davis

G. Torres, Gomez, Godoy, Arroyo

Avila

Tejeda

Unavailable: Cooper, Murillo

Doubtful: None

TUNISIA

  • Tunisia lost their opening two matches like Panama but acquitted themselves relatively well and will want to get a result to take home.
  • They will have to do without the injured Bronn so Nagguez will come in at right-back while Syam Ben Youssef is unlikely to be risked.
  • Coach Nabil Maaloul will consider other rotations so the likes of Chalali and Haddadi could well come into the starting 11.

Predicted line-up (4-1-4-1):

Ben Mustapha

Nagguez, Benalouane, Meriah, Haddadi

Skhiri

Badri, Chalali, Sassi, Sliti

Khazri

Unavailable: Hassen, Bronn

Doubtful: S. Ben Youssef

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams found it difficult to keep up with England and Belgium but they will want to leave Russia on a positive note. That should lead to an attacking game with both of them going for the win, so expect both teams to score with a slight leaning towards Tunisia also.