Fifa World Cup Today: It's All To Play For As Groups C And D Reach Conclusion

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07:00, 30 Nov 2022

The Fifa World Cup group stage is drawing to a close and on Wednesday we will witness the completion of Groups C and D. There is everything to play for in Group C with all four nations still in with a chance of reaching the knockout stages, while there is still a spot to be decided in Group D.

Here is everything you need to know about Wednesday’s ties.

Australia v Denmark - Group D

Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al-Wakrah

When: 3pm (GMT) / 6pm (AST)

TV: BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website

Last meeting: Denmark 1-1 Australia (Samara, 2018 World Cup)

Australia’s last result: Won 1-0 v Tunisia

Denmark’s last result: Lost 2-1 v France

Australia squad: 1 Mathew Ryan, 2 Milos Degenek, 3 Nathaniel Atkinson, 4 Kye Rowles, 5 Fran Karacic, 6 Martin Boyle, 7 Mathew Leckie, 8 Bailey Wright, 9 Jamie Maclaren, 10 Aidin Hrustic, 11 Awer Mabil, 12 Andrew Redmayne, 13 Aaron Mooy, 14 Riley McGree, 15 Mitchell Duke, 16 Aziz Behich, 17 Cameron Devlin, 18 Danny Vukovic, 19 Harry Souttar, 20 Thomas Deng, 21 Garang Kuol, 22 Jackson Irvine, 23 Craig Goodwin, 24 Joel King, 25 Jason Cummings, 26 Keanu Baccus

Denmark squad: 1 Kasper Schmeichel, 2 Joachim Andersen, 3 Victor Nelsson, 4 Simon Kjaer, 5 Joakim Maehle, 6 Andreas Christensen, 7 Mathias Jensen, 8 Thomas Delaney, 9 Martin Braithwaite, 10 Christian Eriksen, 11 Andreas Skov Olsen, 12 Kasper Dolberg, 13 Rasmus Kristensen, 14 Mikkel Damsgaard, 15 Christian Norgaard, 16 Oliver Christensen, 17 Jens Stryger Larsen, 18 Daniel Wass, 19 Jonas Wind, 20 Yussuf Poulsen, 21 Andreas Cornelius, 22 Frederik Ronnow, 23 Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 24 Robert Skov, 25 Jesper Lindstrom, 26 Alexander Bah

Preview: Australia recorded their first World Cup victory in 12 years against Tunisia last time out, putting them in a strong position for qualification ahead of their clash with Denmark. If they can avoid defeat against their European opponents and France defeat Tunisia at the same time, they will join Les Bleus in the last 16.

For Denmark, they simply have to win the game to have any chance of going through. Three points against the Socceroos, coupled with a French victory over Tunisia will see Denmark progress to the knockout stages.

Sportsman stat: Australia have lost eight of their 11 World Cup matches against European opposition (W1 D2), failing to keep a clean sheet in all 11 matches.

Betfred match odds: Australia 6/1, Denmark 8/15, draw 16/5

Favourites for first goalscorer: Andreas Cornelius (Denmark) 7/2, Kasper Dolberg (Denmark) 7/2, Jonas Wind (Denmark) 7/2 

Featured bet: Denmark and both teams to score 5/2

To qualify from Group D: Australia 13/8, Denmark 1/2

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Tunisia v France - Group D

Where: Education City Stadium, Al-Rayyan

When: 3pm (GMT) / 6pm (AST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website

Last meeting: Tunisia 1-1 France (Rades, 2010)

Tunisia’s last result: Lost 1-0 v Australia

France’s last result: Won 2-1 v Denmark

Tunisia squad: 1 Aymen Mathlouthi, 2 Bilel Ifa, 3 Montassar Talbi, 4 Yassine Meriah, 5 Nader Ghandri, 6 Dylan Bronn, 7 Youssef Msakni, 8 Hannibal Mejbri, 9 Issam Jebali, 10 Wahbi Khazri, 11 Taha Yassine Khenissi, 12 Ali Maaloui, 13 Feriani Sassi, 14 Aissa Laidouni, 15 Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, 16 Aymen Dahmen, 17 Ellyes Skhiri, 18 Ghailene Chaalali, 19 Seifeddine Jaziri, 20 Mohamed Drager, 21 Waidi Kechrida, 22 Bechir Ben Said, 23 Naim Sliti, 24 Ali Abdi, 25 Anis Ben Slimane, 26 Mouez Hassen

France squad: 1 Hugo Lloris, 2 Benjamin Pavard, 3 Axel Disasi, 4 Raphael Varane, 5 Jules Kounde, 6 Matteo Guendouzi, 7 Antoine Griezmann, 8 Aurelien Tchouameni, 9 Olivier Giroud, 10 Kylian Mbappe, 11 Ousmane Dembele, 12 Randal Kolo Muani, 13 Youssouf Fofana, 14 Adrien Rabiot, 15 Jordan Veretout, 16 Steve Mandanda, 17 William Saliba, 18 Dayot Upamecano, 20 Kingsley Coman, 21 Lucas Hernandez, 22 Theo Hernandez, 23 Alphonse Areola, 24 Ibrahima Konate, 25 Eduardo Camavinga, 26 Marcus Thuram

Preview: Following their narrow defeat to Australia in matchday two, Tunisia have left it all to do in their final group stage match and they have to beat the reigning champions. So far they have not shown enough going forward and they will need to turn in their biggest performance of the tournament if they are to continue their World Cup journey.

France are already through so it will be interesting to see if Didier Deschamps will rest some key personnel ahead of the round of 16. There’s a good chance that they will progress as group champions, so there may be an urgency to secure the favourable draw in the next round. 

Sportsman stat: France have won their last six World Cup matches, their longest winning run in the competition. Only Italy (7, between 1934-38) and Brazil (11, between 2002-06) have had longer such runs.

Betfred match odds: Tunisia 6/1, France 8/15, draw 3/1

Favourites for first goalscorer: Kylian Mbappe (France) 11/4, Olivier Giroud (France) 10/3, Antoine Griezmann (France) 9/2

Featured bet: France to win to nil 11/8

To qualify from Group D: Tunisia 25/1

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Poland v Argentina - Group C

Where: Stadium 974, Doha

When: 7pm (GMT) / 10pm (AST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website

Last meeting: Poland 2-1 Argentina (Warsaw, 2011)

Poland's last result: Won 2-0 v Saudi Arabia

Argentina’s last result: Won 2-0 v Mexico

Poland squad: 1 Wojciech Szczesny, 2 Matty Cash, 3 Artur Jedrzejczyk, 4 Mateusz Wieteska, 5 Jan Bednarek, 6 Krystian Bielik, 7 Arkadiusz Milik, 8 Damian Szymanski, 9 Robert Lewandowski, 10 Grzegorz Krychowiak, 11 Kamil Grosicki, 12 Lukasz Skorupski, 13 Jakub Kaminski, 14 Jakub Kiwior, 15 Kamil Glik, 16 Karol Swiderski, 17 Szymon Zurkowski, 18 Bartosz Bereszynski, 19 Sebastian Szymanski, 20 Piotr Zielinski, 21 Nicola Zalewski, 22 Kamil Grabara, 23 Krzysztof Piatek, 24 Przemyslaw Frankowski, 25 Robert Gumny, 26 Michal Skoras

Argentina squad: 1 Franco Armani, 2 Juan Foyth, 3 Nicolas Tagliafico, 4 Gonzalo Montiel, 5 Leandro Paredes, 6 Gaston Pezzella, 7 Rodrigo De Paul, 8 Marcos Acuna, 9 Julian Alvarez, 10 Lionel Messi, 11 Angel Di Maria, 12 Geronimo Rulli, 13 Cristian Romero, 14 Exequiel Palacios, 15 Angel Correa, 16 Joaquin Correa, 17 Alejandro Gomez, 18 Guido Rodriguez, 19 Nicolas Otamendi, 20 Alexis Mac Allister, 21 Paulo Dybala, 22 Lautaro Martinez, 23 Emiliano Martinez, 24 Enzo Fernandez, 25 Lisandro Martinez, 26 Nahuel Molina

Preview: Poland secured a vital victory against Saudi Arabia in their last match and their leading man Robert Lewandowski finally got his first goal on this stage. It was a much stronger performance than they gave against Mexico in matchday one. With all four sides in Group C having a shot at qualifying there is much at stake for both sides.

Argentina are still yet to convince whether they are contenders for World Cup glory but their star man Lionel Messi helped bail them out against Mexico as they recorded a crucial three points last time out. Individual moments of quality might not be enough this time around with everyone fighting to reach the last 16 and Messi will need a lot of support from his teammates if his swansong World Cup campaign is to continue.

Sportsman stat: This is Poland and Argentina's third meeting at the World Cup (Poland 3-2 Argentina in 1974, Argentina 2-0 Poland in 1978)

Betfred match odds: Poland 13/2, Argentina 1/2, draw 16/5

Favourites for first goalscorer: Lionel Messi (Argentina) 9/4, Lautaro Martinez (Argentina) 10/3, Julian Alvarez (Argentina) 7/2

Featured bet: Both teams to score 6/5

To qualify from Group C: Poland 1/3, Argentina 1/5 

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Saudi Arabia v Mexico - Group C

Where: Lusail Stadium, Lusail

When: 7pm (GMT) / 10pm (AST)

TV: BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website

Last meeting: Mexico 5-1 Saudi Arabia (Mexico City, Fifa Confederations Cup 1999)

Saudi Arabia’s last result: Lost 2-0 v Poland

Mexico’s last result: Lost 2-0 v Argentina

Saudi Arabia squad: 1 Mohammed Al-Rubaie, 2 Sultan Al-Ghannam, 3 Abdullah Madu, 4 Abdulelah Al-Amri, 5 Ali Al-Bulaihi, 6 Mohammed Al-Breik, 7 Salman Al-Faraj, 8 Abdulellah Al-Malki, 9 Firas Al-Buraikan, 10 Salem Al-Dawsari, 11 Saleh Al-Shehri, 12 Saud Abdulhamid, 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani, 14 Abdullah Otayf, 15 Ali Al-Hassan, 16 Sami Al-Najei, 17 Hassan Al-Tambakti, 18 Nawaf Al-Abed, 19 Hattan Bahebri, 20 Abdulrahman Al-Aboud, 21 Mohammed Al-Owais, 22 Nawaf Al-Aqidi, 23 Mohamed Kanno, 24 Nasser Al-Dawsari, 25 Haitham Asiri, 26 Riyadh Sharahili

Mexico squad: 1 Alfredo Talavera, 2 Nestor Araujo, 3 Cesar Montes, 4 Edson Alvarez, 5 Johan Vasquez, 6 Gerardo Arteaga, 7 Luis Romo, 8 Carlos Rodriguez, 9 Raul Jimenez, 10 Alexis Vega, 11 Rogelio Funes Mori, 12 Rodolfo Cota, 13 Guillermo Ochoa, 14 Erick Gutierrez, 15 Hector Moreno, 16 Hector Herrera, 17 Orbelin Pineda, 18 Andres Guardado, 19 Jorge Sanchez, 20 Henry Martin, 21 Uriel Antuna, 22 Hirving Lozano, 23 Jesus Gallardo, 24 Luis Chavez, 25 Roberto Alvarado, 26 Kevin Alvarez

Preview: Saudi Arabia were left frustrated after their 2-0 defeat to Poland but they have a great chance to book their place in the knockout stages for the first time since 1994. Against Argentina they showed that they have what it takes and they come up against a Mexico side who have failed to score a single goal in Qatar.

Mexico’s absence of a recognised striker could prove to be their undoing in the World Cup. Without one in the starting lineup, they are struggling to have a focal point to build their attacks. While Argentina looked sluggish in the first half of their recent meeting, Mexico had a few chances to punish them but their lack of a forward cost them dearly. They still have a chance to qualify if they can beat Saudi Arabia, but it currently doesn’t look too good for them.

Sportsman stat: This is Saudi Arabia’s 19th game at the World Cup, with all 19 of their matches coming against different opponents. It is the highest amount of games a nation has played at the tournament without playing the same side more than once.

Betfred match odds: Saudi Arabia 19/5, Mexico 7/10, draw 16/5

Favourites for first goalscorer: Raul Jimenez (Mexico) 10/3, Rogelio Funes Mori (Mexico) 7/2, Hirving Lozano (Mexico) 7/2

Featured bet: Saudi Arabia or draw 23/20

To qualify from Group C: Saudi Arabia 5/2, Mexico 3/1

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