Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Tunisia will be aiming to keep their 100% record in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers when they take on Mauritania at Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi. Defender Hamdi Nagguez failed to make the cut, while midfielder Ferjani Sassi misses Thursday’s clash through suspension. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Wahbi Khazri, who scored a late equalizers for St Etienne in the Rhone derby against Lyon at the weekend.
Mauritania, on the other hand, made a slow start to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, with the team losing to both Zambia and Equatorial Guinea. The Lions of Chinguetti are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Rades, and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the Group B leaders. You should know that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of the previous three meetings between the two teams.
Highlighted Player (Ellyes Skhiri):
After spending his youth career at Montpellier, Ellyes Skhiri continued playing for la Paillade at senior level. In 2019 he moved to Bundesliga side Koln, signing a four-year contract with the Billy Goats. Shkiri was born in Lunel, France on May 10, 1995, but he has a dual citizenship as his parents are of Tunisia descent.
The Koln midfielder made debut with the Tunisian national team in a 1-0 win over Iran on March 23, 2018 and he represented Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that year. Ellyes Skhiri’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances at both right and centre back.
His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Koln until June 30, 2026. The Tunisia international made his Bundesliga debut on August 17, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and he scored his first ever goal in the German top flight in a 2-1 win over Freiburg on August 31, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Mauritania):
Affiliated to both CAF (Africa) and WAFU (West Africa) confederations, Mauritania are the national team that qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history. The Lions of Chinguetti were grouped with the likes of Angola, Burkina Faso and Botswana in the qualifiers for the 2019 tournament, with the team finishing the team collecting 12 points from possible 18.
Mauritania, though, have yet to book their place at the FIFA World Cup finals. The Lions of Chinguetti suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Malagasy Republic on their international debut (25 December, 1961) and they registered their biggest win 45 years later, with the team crushing Somalia 8-2 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Back in 1972 Mauritania suffered the biggest lost in the history of the national team as they were beaten 14-0 by Guinea. Stade Olympique, which can hold up to 20,000 people, is considered the team’s home ground.